4-Weeks of Wellness Classes
We are thrilled to offer our new 4-Weeks of Wellness Classes!
These Christian faith-based sessions weave wellness and spiritual practice together to bring us closer to wholeness so that we can bring our whole-person into healthy relationship with God and others.
We invite you to join us for one or for all of our series as we engage in a community practice of whole-person care.
Each class series will meet for 4 consecutive weeks from 6:45-8:00pm via Zoom.
$5/series/person – scholarships available!
Materials and Links will be sent to registrants the day before the class.
Feb – Building Healthy Relationships
(Feb 1, 8, 15, 22) Few things affect the quality of our lives more than the quality of our relationships. Everyone knows that we benefit from working on our
physical wellness and the same is true when we work on our relationships.
Our relationships are always under construction, and it is good to learn and re-learn what it means to support, love, and communicate with others in healthy ways. There isn’t anyone who can’t benefit from learning new skills that improve the relationships in their life, in their family, at work, or in the community.
We may feel that relationships happen to us, but in reality we co-create them with others over time. Good relationships require an ongoing commitment of time and energy, making positive choices every day. With an improved mindset, new skills, and an open heart, any relationship can be improved.
Mar – Wellness for Parents OR Aging Well (please select only one)
(Mar 1, 8, 15, 22) Wellness for Parents – There is no greater joy, challenge, or responsibility in this life than that of being a parent. It is truly a gift and an honor to be charged with giving a child a sure foundation. When parents are doing well, they have a better chance of giving their children such a start. How are parents supposed to know what it takes to parent well?
With all there is to do as parents, finding time for self-care can be difficult. Therefore, the idea of parenting wellness may seem to be out of reach. Parents and families are pulled in many different directions today. Because of this, it is more important than ever for parents to have a compass to help them find their way and to keep themselves and their families heading in a positive direction.
(Mar 1, 8, 15, 22) Aging Well – People are living longer and want to maintain active and productive lives. The Study of Adult Development from Harvard University shows that there are several factors that determine our health as we age. They include whether or not one smokes cigarettes, copes with stress, cultivates a strong spiritual life, maintains a healthy weight, exercises regularly, maintains strong social relationships, and pursues life-long education.
Aging well requires us to be more mindful about the choices we make. The benefits of choosing to age well are greater energy, better relationships, and an overall sense of greater vitality. Join us to explore how we can age well in heart, soul, strength, and mind. There are many things that we have control over as we age
Apr – Emotional Wellness
(Apr 5, 12, 19, 26) We all feel the full range of emotions – happiness, frustration, fear, anger, joy, sadness, awe, peace – and all these emotions are Godgiven. Scripture is filled with emotion, both God’s emotions and people’s emotions. Your emotions influence your life as they inform you, motivate you, and guide you to do or not do, to say or not say, and to react or not react.
Being emotionally healthy means you understand your emotions and you have control over how you express them. Your emotions are your connectors, telling you about your world. It is healthy and natural to feel and express all of them. It is important, however, to find a safe place and way to express them, a place where your emotions are respected and honored. Improving your emotional wellness by learning to express your emotions in a constructive manner will benefit every aspect of your life.
May – Enhancing your Wellbeing with Spiritual Practices
(May 3, 10, 17, 24) A spiritual practice is simply any practice, habit, or activity that consciously connects you with both God and your deeper self. It is important to note that a spiritual practice is not about indulging in self-centeredness. There is a key difference between being self-centered and having a centered self. It is from a centered self that you can best respond to, as opposed to reacting to, the demands of life.
When we nourish our souls on a regular basis, we will have a greater sense of peace and have a better chance of manifesting the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Most people who do a spiritual practice regularly for several weeks will start to look forward to it each day, because what at first may seem like “work,” like another “should,” soon begins to be experienced as one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves. Caring for our souls, the essence of who we are, clearly deserves to be a top priority in our lives.
Jun – Forgiveness
(Jun 7, 14, 21, 28) Every once in a while we hear about people who choose to forgive someone who did something to them that produced tragic consequences. An example that comes to mind is how the Amish Community of Nickel Mines, PA forgave Charles Roberts, a man who killed five of their children before taking his own life. Members of the Amish Community attended Robert’s funeral to support
Robert’s widow and three children and then went on home to continue the work of forgiveness in their community.
Such stories can give each of us hope. If others can do the work of forgiving such an unimaginable act of violence, then perhaps we can forgive someone who has wronged us as well. No matter how deep our experience of hurt, we are all given opportunities to forgive and to be forgiven.