This webpage contain documents that support Mental Health Ministry Spiritual Support Meetings. These include General Meeting Guidelines as well as an Opening Statement that can be read at the start of every meeting. There is also a Membership Admittance Process and Member Acknowledge Form which helps to inform a potential member understand that the meetings are spiritual and not group therapy or spiritual direction.
There are a number of Templates that you can use and adapt to the needs of your specific ministry. Included are Prayer Requests in a number of sizes that can be used for members to write on and place in a prayer jar or box. Members are asked to pray for one another and the petitions. Petitions are folded and not to be read. There is also a Ritual for Burning the petitions at various times, especially when the prayer jar or box is full, in Thanksgiving for answered prayers and to begin new petitions.
There are Prayers and Psalms for your use as handouts for members to take home or for prayers during a meeting. Other documents include a Morning Prayer should you hold a retreat day and an example of items that can be included in a lending library. If your ministry has an advisory group or coordinator there are documents to help you define their role and responsibilities.
Finally, there are examples of an informational ministry flyer and brochure, typical meeting agendas and the Ritual for Burning petitions for your use and adaptation.
Meeting Support Documents
Prayers & Psalms
Brochures & Flyers
Examples of ways to announce the purpose and availability of a spiritual support group for people with a mental illness and/or a group for the parents, families and friends of people with a mental illness. The following samples are from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Scranton, PA.
For the support group meetings prayer intentions can be placed in a prayer box that is kept in a sacred space, such as a chapel. Once the box is filled with intentions a prayer service can be held where the intentions are burned, as prayers rising to God.