Pastoral & emotional well-being
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
It is He who made us, and we are His;
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Key to Emotional Well-being

is a healthy focus on the goodness of God to us.  That we are made in his image is an amazing thing to ponder.  To grasp this truth can help us to maintain a well-balanced self-image.  To think about his blessings towards us and seek a sense of his presence can help protect us against negative thoughts even when so much around us is falling apart and can help our minds to stay healthy.

God made us to be in a wholesome relationship with him and with each other; in other words to know perfect love. God delights in us and we are able to bring real joy to him.  Zephaniah 3:17-18.  We are not yet in the full experience of that but it is his purpose and plan that we should be restored to something even better than the original condition of humankind.

We are significant to God.  Is there anything greater?

 

Nurturing emotional well-being and good mental health, needs to be a priority in every school and church. Many settings will add a spiritual context to this as these areas are closely related. 

What are our main emotional needs?

  • To love and to be loved
  • Security
  • Healthy sense of self-worth
  • Significance
  • Identity and a sense of belonging

How can we meet these in a healthy way?

When we don’t, we face problems such as low self-image, fear, anxiety, insecurity, anger and shame.

Emotional literacy is a term that is now being used in some places.  It means to understand your emotions and how to handle them.  There is a Family Links article on the training page of the web site if you require more information.

Content:

  • Value – Reflecting on Our Image   
  • Value: Is My Self-Image Built on Sand?
  • Healthy minds – under revision
  • Dealing with Fear & Anxiety
  • Understanding People 1: Behind the Masks
  • Understanding People 2: Under the Iceberg – to come
  • Ishmael – Unwanted Child?
  • Who’s up your Family Tree?

Building Self-Image

Value – Reflecting on Our Image   

Value - Reflecting on Our Image. This image supplied by Fotolia ‘The image of God in me, bows to the image of God in you.’ This is how people greet each other in Thailand, whilst bowing slightly with their hands together in front of them. What a wonderful way to maintain a balanced self-image!

A healthy self-image comes from dwelling on the belief that we are made in the image of God. And so is everyone else!  It also gives us an identity, purpose and destiny. If we could grasp what that means, think how it could change us for the better.

 

Value – Reflecting on Our Image – Leaders’ Notes

Reflecting on Our Image – Plan

Reflections – PowerPoint

Reflecting on our Image PowerPoint

Self image – Activity sheets

In What Ways Do We Reflect God? – Activity Sheets

Value: Is My Self-Image Built on Sand?

Is My Value Built on Sand? Image supplied by FotoliaOn what sandcastles do we often build our self-image and our lives?

This can be done as a forerunner to the above depending on the type of group you have. 

Is My Self-Image Built on Sand? – Plan

Value – Is My Self-Image Built on Sand? – PowerPoint

Value – Is My Self-Image Built on Sand – PowerPoint with sound pdf

Value – Building on Rock or Appearance PowerPoint


What does God value regarding our lives?

God Won’t Ask – Teen version PowerPoint

God Won’t Ask – Teen version PowerPoint in pdf

This is a rewrite of an adult PowerPoint from a few years ago that looked at the issues that God thinks are important in our lives in comparison with the ones that we do.  My group came up with all the ideas here. That way they adapted it for their own culture and needs. 

 

School reports micosoft clip art

An encouragement for those who find school work difficult.

Many young people struggle with life whilst they are at school but they go on to find their vocation and lead rewarding lives. The aim of these short stories is to encourage those who are feeling despondent but at the same time not to give the message that it doesn’t matter if they don’t try to work at school. We have used this in sessions such as God choosing people; ‘Growing up’; Self-image; and Battle for the Mind.

School Reports Get Outdated

 


Understanding People

 Masks we wear

Understanding People 1 – Behind the Masks – Plan

Masks visual aids

 Understanding People 2 is called ‘Under the Iceberg’. Coming soon. 

 


Fear 

Fear, Fearless Fotolia

 

Dealing with Fear – Outline Plan

Dealing with Fear – Leaders Notes

We all suffer from various fears. This session is user-friendly for general groups as well as Christian groups.  It links well with ‘Healthy Minds’. 

 

 

fearSpies Overcome by Fear – Plan with notes

This focuses on the story of Moses sending 12 spies into the promised land. The leaders notes for this overlap those for ‘Dealing with Fear’ 

 

 


 

Healthy Minds

Self-talk: both positive and negative thoughts affect our health – spiritually, emotionally and physically.

COMING SOON


Family Relationships 

Games     Activity Ideas for Family Issues

     Games and other activities useful for the following outlines and others on family issues.

 


Ishmael: Unwanted Child?!                    

Ishmael: Unwanted Child?! Image supplied by Chris BowmanIshmael – Unwanted Child? – Plan

Ishmael – Unwanted Child? – Leaders’ Notes

Was Ishmael just one of Abraham’s mistakes or did God have a plan for him too?!

Is anyone unwanted in God’s eyes?

I wrote this when I had teens in my group who were adopted.  It takes a wider view of the ‘Abraham and Ishmael’ story, looking at its’ complexities and seeing Ishmael as a valuable human being, not just the result of one of Abraham’s mistakes.


Jesus’ Family Tree

Many people either have no knowledge of at least one parent or are uncomfortable with their parentage.  This will influence how they feel about themselves. Take a look at some of the characters who were ancestors of Jesus.

Image supplied by Fotolia

 

Jesus’ Family Tree – Plan

 Jesus had the full range of good, bad and ‘ugly’ people in his family tree. Maybe ours isn’t so bad after all!

 

 

Who's Up Your Family Tree? 

Who’s Up Your Family Tree? – Plan with notes

A look at some of the people within Jesus’ family tree who had to overcome the problem of having difficult parents or grandparents.

 


  Growing upCopng with the Changes of Adolescence – Plan

Adolescence – Leaders notes

 

 


Jesus and Tough Times 

Photo depicting Jesus in Gethsemane in a Polish Church.Jesus & Tough Times PowerPoint

Jesus & Tough Times PowerPoint pdf

How much does Jesus understand about the things we go through?  Was he ever bereaved, betrayed, rejected…

This simple PowerPoint shows how Jesus faced every type of suffering that we experience.

An outline on this will follow. 

…………. 

 


 …….

songs 2

 

Songs for those facing difficult times 

 

 

 


 

Images on this page supplied by:

Pixabay: Jill Wellington

Fotolia: Rainbow © Stephen Coburn

Chris Bowman

Peter Lord

Microsoft clip art

Pastoral & emotional well-being
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
It is He who made us, and we are His;
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Key to Emotional Well-being

is a healthy focus on the goodness of God to us.  That we are made in his image is an amazing thing to ponder.  To grasp this truth can help us to maintain a well-balanced self-image.  To think about his blessings towards us and seek a sense of his presence can help protect us against negative thoughts even when so much around us is falling apart and can help our minds to stay healthy.

God made us to be in a wholesome relationship with him and with each other; in other words to know perfect love. God delights in us and we are able to bring real joy to him.  Zephaniah 3:17-18.  We are not yet in the full experience of that but it is his purpose and plan that we should be restored to something even better than the original condition of humankind.

We are significant to God.  Is there anything greater?

 

Nurturing emotional well-being and good mental health, needs to be a priority in every school and church. Many settings will add a spiritual context to this as these areas are closely related. 

What are our main emotional needs?

  • To love and to be loved
  • Security
  • Healthy sense of self-worth
  • Significance
  • Identity and a sense of belonging

How can we meet these in a healthy way?

When we don’t, we face problems such as low self-image, fear, anxiety, insecurity, anger and shame.

Emotional literacy is a term that is now being used in some places.  It means to understand your emotions and how to handle them.  There is a Family Links article on the training page of the web site if you require more information.

Content:

  • Value – Reflecting on Our Image   
  • Value: Is My Self-Image Built on Sand?
  • Healthy minds – under revision
  • Dealing with Fear & Anxiety
  • Understanding People 1: Behind the Masks
  • Understanding People 2: Under the Iceberg – to come
  • Ishmael – Unwanted Child?
  • Who’s up your Family Tree?

Building Self-Image

Value – Reflecting on Our Image   

Value - Reflecting on Our Image. This image supplied by Fotolia ‘The image of God in me, bows to the image of God in you.’ This is how people greet each other in Thailand, whilst bowing slightly with their hands together in front of them. What a wonderful way to maintain a balanced self-image!

A healthy self-image comes from dwelling on the belief that we are made in the image of God. And so is everyone else!  It also gives us an identity, purpose and destiny. If we could grasp what that means, think how it could change us for the better.

 

Value – Reflecting on Our Image – Leaders’ Notes

Reflecting on Our Image – Plan

Reflections – PowerPoint

Reflecting on our Image PowerPoint

Self image – Activity sheets

In What Ways Do We Reflect God? – Activity Sheets

Value: Is My Self-Image Built on Sand?

Is My Value Built on Sand? Image supplied by FotoliaOn what sandcastles do we often build our self-image and our lives?

This can be done as a forerunner to the above depending on the type of group you have. 

Is My Self-Image Built on Sand? – Plan

Value – Is My Self-Image Built on Sand? – PowerPoint

Value – Is My Self-Image Built on Sand – PowerPoint with sound pdf

Value – Building on Rock or Appearance PowerPoint


What does God value regarding our lives?

God Won’t Ask – Teen version PowerPoint

God Won’t Ask – Teen version PowerPoint in pdf

This is a rewrite of an adult PowerPoint from a few years ago that looked at the issues that God thinks are important in our lives in comparison with the ones that we do.  My group came up with all the ideas here. That way they adapted it for their own culture and needs. 

 

School reports micosoft clip art

An encouragement for those who find school work difficult.

Many young people struggle with life whilst they are at school but they go on to find their vocation and lead rewarding lives. The aim of these short stories is to encourage those who are feeling despondent but at the same time not to give the message that it doesn’t matter if they don’t try to work at school. We have used this in sessions such as God choosing people; ‘Growing up’; Self-image; and Battle for the Mind.

School Reports Get Outdated

 


Understanding People

 Masks we wear

Understanding People 1 – Behind the Masks – Plan

Masks visual aids

 Understanding People 2 is called ‘Under the Iceberg’. Coming soon. 

 


Fear 

Fear, Fearless Fotolia

 

Dealing with Fear – Outline Plan

Dealing with Fear – Leaders Notes

We all suffer from various fears. This session is user-friendly for general groups as well as Christian groups.  It links well with ‘Healthy Minds’. 

 

 

fearSpies Overcome by Fear – Plan with notes

This focuses on the story of Moses sending 12 spies into the promised land. The leaders notes for this overlap those for ‘Dealing with Fear’ 

 

 


 

Healthy Minds

Self-talk: both positive and negative thoughts affect our health – spiritually, emotionally and physically.

COMING SOON


Family Relationships 

Games     Activity Ideas for Family Issues

     Games and other activities useful for the following outlines and others on family issues.

 


Ishmael: Unwanted Child?!                    

Ishmael: Unwanted Child?! Image supplied by Chris BowmanIshmael – Unwanted Child? – Plan

Ishmael – Unwanted Child? – Leaders’ Notes

Was Ishmael just one of Abraham’s mistakes or did God have a plan for him too?!

Is anyone unwanted in God’s eyes?

I wrote this when I had teens in my group who were adopted.  It takes a wider view of the ‘Abraham and Ishmael’ story, looking at its’ complexities and seeing Ishmael as a valuable human being, not just the result of one of Abraham’s mistakes.


Jesus’ Family Tree

Many people either have no knowledge of at least one parent or are uncomfortable with their parentage.  This will influence how they feel about themselves. Take a look at some of the characters who were ancestors of Jesus.

Image supplied by Fotolia

 

Jesus’ Family Tree – Plan

 Jesus had the full range of good, bad and ‘ugly’ people in his family tree. Maybe ours isn’t so bad after all!

 

 

Who's Up Your Family Tree? 

Who’s Up Your Family Tree? – Plan with notes

A look at some of the people within Jesus’ family tree who had to overcome the problem of having difficult parents or grandparents.

 


  Growing upCopng with the Changes of Adolescence – Plan

Adolescence – Leaders notes

 

 


Jesus and Tough Times 

Photo depicting Jesus in Gethsemane in a Polish Church.Jesus & Tough Times PowerPoint

Jesus & Tough Times PowerPoint pdf

How much does Jesus understand about the things we go through?  Was he ever bereaved, betrayed, rejected…

This simple PowerPoint shows how Jesus faced every type of suffering that we experience.

An outline on this will follow. 

…………. 

 


 …….

songs 2

 

Songs for those facing difficult times 

 

 

 


 

Images on this page supplied by:

Pixabay: Jill Wellington

Fotolia: Rainbow © Stephen Coburn

Chris Bowman

Peter Lord

Microsoft clip art

Pastoral & emotional well-being
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
It is He who made us, and we are His;
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Key to Emotional Well-being

is a healthy focus on the goodness of God to us.  That we are made in his image is an amazing thing to ponder.  To grasp this truth can help us to maintain a well-balanced self-image.  To think about his blessings towards us and seek a sense of his presence can help protect us against negative thoughts even when so much around us is falling apart and can help our minds to stay healthy.

God made us to be in a wholesome relationship with him and with each other; in other words to know perfect love. God delights in us and we are able to bring real joy to him.  Zephaniah 3:17-18.  We are not yet in the full experience of that but it is his purpose and plan that we should be restored to something even better than the original condition of humankind.

We are significant to God.  Is there anything greater?

 

Nurturing emotional well-being and good mental health, needs to be a priority in every school and church. Many settings will add a spiritual context to this as these areas are closely related. 

What are our main emotional needs?

  • To love and to be loved
  • Security
  • Healthy sense of self-worth
  • Significance
  • Identity and a sense of belonging

How can we meet these in a healthy way?

When we don’t, we face problems such as low self-image, fear, anxiety, insecurity, anger and shame.

Emotional literacy is a term that is now being used in some places.  It means to understand your emotions and how to handle them.  There is a Family Links article on the training page of the web site if you require more information.

Content:

  • Value – Reflecting on Our Image   
  • Value: Is My Self-Image Built on Sand?
  • Healthy minds – under revision
  • Dealing with Fear & Anxiety
  • Understanding People 1: Behind the Masks
  • Understanding People 2: Under the Iceberg – to come
  • Ishmael – Unwanted Child?
  • Who’s up your Family Tree?

Building Self-Image

Value – Reflecting on Our Image   

Value - Reflecting on Our Image. This image supplied by Fotolia ‘The image of God in me, bows to the image of God in you.’ This is how people greet each other in Thailand, whilst bowing slightly with their hands together in front of them. What a wonderful way to maintain a balanced self-image!

A healthy self-image comes from dwelling on the belief that we are made in the image of God. And so is everyone else!  It also gives us an identity, purpose and destiny. If we could grasp what that means, think how it could change us for the better.

 

Value – Reflecting on Our Image – Leaders’ Notes

Reflecting on Our Image – Plan

Reflections – PowerPoint

Reflecting on our Image PowerPoint

Self image – Activity sheets

In What Ways Do We Reflect God? – Activity Sheets

Value: Is My Self-Image Built on Sand?

Is My Value Built on Sand? Image supplied by FotoliaOn what sandcastles do we often build our self-image and our lives?

This can be done as a forerunner to the above depending on the type of group you have. 

Is My Self-Image Built on Sand? – Plan

Value – Is My Self-Image Built on Sand? – PowerPoint

Value – Is My Self-Image Built on Sand – PowerPoint with sound pdf

Value – Building on Rock or Appearance PowerPoint


What does God value regarding our lives?

God Won’t Ask – Teen version PowerPoint

God Won’t Ask – Teen version PowerPoint in pdf

This is a rewrite of an adult PowerPoint from a few years ago that looked at the issues that God thinks are important in our lives in comparison with the ones that we do.  My group came up with all the ideas here. That way they adapted it for their own culture and needs. 

 

School reports micosoft clip art

An encouragement for those who find school work difficult.

Many young people struggle with life whilst they are at school but they go on to find their vocation and lead rewarding lives. The aim of these short stories is to encourage those who are feeling despondent but at the same time not to give the message that it doesn’t matter if they don’t try to work at school. We have used this in sessions such as God choosing people; ‘Growing up’; Self-image; and Battle for the Mind.

School Reports Get Outdated

 


Understanding People

 Masks we wear

Understanding People 1 – Behind the Masks – Plan

Masks visual aids

 Understanding People 2 is called ‘Under the Iceberg’. Coming soon. 

 


Fear 

Fear, Fearless Fotolia

 

Dealing with Fear – Outline Plan

Dealing with Fear – Leaders Notes

We all suffer from various fears. This session is user-friendly for general groups as well as Christian groups.  It links well with ‘Healthy Minds’. 

 

 

fearSpies Overcome by Fear – Plan with notes

This focuses on the story of Moses sending 12 spies into the promised land. The leaders notes for this overlap those for ‘Dealing with Fear’ 

 

 


 

Healthy Minds

Self-talk: both positive and negative thoughts affect our health – spiritually, emotionally and physically.

COMING SOON


Family Relationships 

Games     Activity Ideas for Family Issues

     Games and other activities useful for the following outlines and others on family issues.

 


Ishmael: Unwanted Child?!                    

Ishmael: Unwanted Child?! Image supplied by Chris BowmanIshmael – Unwanted Child? – Plan

Ishmael – Unwanted Child? – Leaders’ Notes

Was Ishmael just one of Abraham’s mistakes or did God have a plan for him too?!

Is anyone unwanted in God’s eyes?

I wrote this when I had teens in my group who were adopted.  It takes a wider view of the ‘Abraham and Ishmael’ story, looking at its’ complexities and seeing Ishmael as a valuable human being, not just the result of one of Abraham’s mistakes.


Jesus’ Family Tree

Many people either have no knowledge of at least one parent or are uncomfortable with their parentage.  This will influence how they feel about themselves. Take a look at some of the characters who were ancestors of Jesus.

Image supplied by Fotolia

 

Jesus’ Family Tree – Plan

 Jesus had the full range of good, bad and ‘ugly’ people in his family tree. Maybe ours isn’t so bad after all!

 

 

Who's Up Your Family Tree? 

Who’s Up Your Family Tree? – Plan with notes

A look at some of the people within Jesus’ family tree who had to overcome the problem of having difficult parents or grandparents.

 


  Growing upCopng with the Changes of Adolescence – Plan

Adolescence – Leaders notes

 

 


Jesus and Tough Times 

Photo depicting Jesus in Gethsemane in a Polish Church.Jesus & Tough Times PowerPoint

Jesus & Tough Times PowerPoint pdf

How much does Jesus understand about the things we go through?  Was he ever bereaved, betrayed, rejected…

This simple PowerPoint shows how Jesus faced every type of suffering that we experience.

An outline on this will follow. 

…………. 

 


 …….

songs 2

 

Songs for those facing difficult times 

 

 

 


 

Images on this page supplied by:

Pixabay: Jill Wellington

Fotolia: Rainbow © Stephen Coburn

Chris Bowman

Peter Lord

Microsoft clip art