EQUIPPING THE CHURCH TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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The Sanctuary Course was created to equip churches as they seek to become sanctuaries where individuals with mental health challenges feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging. Each session explores key mental health topics, drawing upon the insights of mental health professionals, church leaders, and people with lived experience.
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SANCTUARY SPOTLIGHT: BRIAN DOERKSEN AND MARIKA SIEWERT

Introducing Sanctuary Spotlight: a monthly feature celebrating artists, creatives, thought leaders, and friends whose art responds to and illuminates themes of mental health and faith.

This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Brian Doerksen and Marika Siewert. Great friends of Sanctuary, these award-winning artists have been blessing the world with their music and art through various channels. Brian Doerksen’s song, “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” recently reached its twenty-five-year anniversary. To mark the occasion, a re-recorded version was released complete with a new music video that was filmed at Barnabas Landing, where we held a songwriting retreat for Sanctuary Songs. Both Brian and Marika were present at that retreat and contributed to the creative process behind the album.

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SANCTUARY SPOTLIGHT: DOE 

Introducing Sanctuary Spotlight: a monthly feature celebrating artists, creatives, thought leaders, and friends whose art responds to and illuminates themes of mental health and faith.

This month, the spotlight is shining on DOE, the three-time GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter-musician. All it takes is one listen to know there’s something uniquely special about DOE. Between the purity of her vocals, intuitive lyrics and soul-captivating sound, she is poised to usher in a new era of gospel/inspirational music that transcends traditional perceptions. 

Her latest single, “So Glad We Met,” is a moving encouragement to keep persisting “when water’s high and hope is low,” and to remember that we are not alone. As part of its release, she's hosting a YouTube fundraiser for Sanctuary which you can find under the song's music video. 


THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS

Sanctuary's Hope of Christmas campaign has wrapped! This year we focused on the hope that Jesus brings and the hope that we can offer to each other in the midst of mental health challenges. Our resources also offer hope to communities in need of ways to support mental health and wellbeing.

We are raising funds so we can reach more people with resources that offer this hope. Our goal was to raise $150,000 by December 31, and thanks to your help, we surpassed this goal! You can learn more about the campaign below.

OUR GOAL: $150,000

$198,265
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SANCTUARY SONGS

NOW STREAMING ON ALL PLATFORMS

Sanctuary and The Porter's Gate have created an album about mental health and faith, titled Sanctuary Songs. It centres around the lived experience of people who are often marginalized in churches, and models life-giving and healing ways for congregants to talk (and sing) about mental health challenges,

You can learn more about the album by clicking below. The album is available to stream on all platforms.

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SANCTUARY SONGS

NOW STREAMING ON ALL PLATFORMS

Sanctuary and The Porter's Gate have created an album about mental health and faith, titled Sanctuary Songs. It centres around the lived experience of people who are often marginalized in churches, and models life-giving and healing ways for congregants to talk (and sing) about mental health challenges,

You can learn more about the album by clicking below. The album is available to stream on all platforms as of Friday, September 15.


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This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics and The Sanctuary Course para Católicos (Español) are available for free on our online resource portal.

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This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is available on our website and through partner distributors, and The Sanctuary Course para Católicos (Español) is available on FORMED.

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Sanctuary's monthly donor club

If you're passionate about supporting mental health and wellbeing, then Alongside is for you. By joining Alongside, you join a community of people who want to ensure that the Church is a place where all can experience a sense of belonging.

We welcome you to journey with Sanctuary and every person who is impacted by our resources. Perhaps you're moved to come alongside due to your own lived experience or that of a loved one. Whatever the reason, we look forward to partnering with you in our mission to equip the Church to support mental health and wellbeing.

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WHEN A LOVED ONE DIES BY SUICIDE

NOW AVAILABLE

Sanctuary's newest resource, When A Loved One Dies By Suicide, is series of eight films designed for use in grief support groups, created by and for Catholics who have experienced suicide loss. Others may also find it helpful and informative as mental health challenges and suicide impact many people. Listening to these stories of loss can help us extend empathy, compassion, and loving service to those who are grieving. 

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THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS

Sanctuary's Hope of Christmas campaign has wrapped! This year we focused on the hope that Jesus brings and the hope that we can offer to each other in the midst of mental health challenges. Our resources also offer hope to communities in need of ways to support mental health and wellbeing.

We are raising funds so we can reach more people with resources that offer this hope. Our goal was to raise $150,000 by December 31, and thanks to your help, we surpassed this goal! You can learn more about the campaign below.


OUR GOAL: $150,000

$198,265
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THE LATEST PROJECTS FROM SANCTUARY

In the film below, Rev. Anne Baxter Smith shares about her loved ones who live with mental health challenges and their experiences in the Church. She also discusses the impact that The Sanctuary Course had on her church.

The excellent quality of the course materials made facilitation of the course easy. The videos alone elicited rich discussions amongst our group. Without exception, the participants praised the experience and asked "what next?!"

Anonymous

Our group participants range in age from mid twenties to late sixties, and from students to retirees. Everyone is finding the material relevant and helpful. Small churches like ours often don’t have the financial or personnel resources to offer such high quality programming. Your gift to us is so generous.

Janet Young, Cross Roads BIC Church

I’m loving the range of lived experience that we have been introduced to, the sensitive way that people have been invited to tell their stories, and the way their stories have been framed by information from other sources. I find it really rich, very engaging, meaningful, and I’m going away each week with a spiral of thoughts continuing on, influencing my conversations later in the week, or how I hear those conversations, particularly with people I see in my practice as a massage therapist. It has been a gift.

Anonymous