Connect Groups and Mental Health
All this month we have been emphasizing the importance of Connect Groups – our small group Bible studies. We all know why they are important; Bible study, the community of believers, and the opportunity to pray and serve together. These groups meet here at the church building before/after services, and options are – Saturday at 5:00pm, or Sunday at 8:30am, 9:30am, and 11:00am.
When I think of Connect Groups, I also think of good mental health. All of us need the blessing and encouragement of other people. We simply cannot exist alone. When God created the world, He repeatedly said that “it was good,” but when He created the man He said something was “not good.”
The “not good” was because the man was alone. As human beings, we simply do not handle “alone” very well. We desperately need other people.
That’s where Connect Groups come in. Our Connect Groups are friendship groups, support groups, and “praying for one another“ groups.
All of this leads to good mental health. It keeps us on track. It allows us to see that we are not alone, that everyone has problems, and that we all need the support of other people.
When someone invariably says “I don’t need other people,” I respond by reminding them that “they need you and they need someone to minister to them.”
I want to ask you to look at Connect Groups in a different way by seeing them as an opportunity to be blessed and to bless others.
Our pastors will be happy to recommend a group for you and for your family members. Please let us help you.
– Waylon Bailey