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Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups

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You may be aware that as a church we have partnered with the charity KINTSUGI HOPE to begin running Kintsugi Hope Well-Being Groups – a project which I have the privilege to lead. But you are probably somewhat unclear as to what this actually means??! ...so I will try to explain a little.....
 

Kintsugi Hope is a charity based in the UK striving to make a difference to people’s mental wellbeing.

'Kintsugi' (???) is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. The word means 'golden joinery' in Japanese. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was prior to being broken. Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them.

We all have times in life when things can get a bit much, we feel overwhelmed and we can struggle to keep going. The art of Kintsugi suggests that it is these very experiences and trials that make us who we are – unique, precious and beautiful. The well-being groups aim to find the treasure in life’s scars.



We want to see a world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities for everyone to grow and flourish.
 

So What is a Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group?

A Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group is a safe and supportive space:
  * for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed.
  * providing tools for self-management.
  * in a facilitated peer mentoring style setting.

We run as a 12 session weekly group covering issues including: disappointment, loss, anxiety, anger, perfectionism, shame and resilience. We aim to learn about these experiences from one another and to build a shared ‘tool box’ of things that can help us deal with them as they appear in our lives. The course material includes group and individual activities designed to us to accept ourselves, to understand our value and worth, and grow towards a more resilient and hopeful future.

Feedback so far has been amazing!

We are planning to start our first, small, face-to-face Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group on Monday 18th October – in the church early afternoon (times will be confirmed according to members’ preferences).
Wendy Bridge and I will be hosting the group and we have our first members already interested in coming. We still have a couple of spaces if anyone is thinking they might like to come along...please get in touch with me or Wendy ASAP to discuss this further if you are considering it.

(We have the capacity to continue to meet online if guidance re social gatherings is changed)

We are planning to run further groups in the future – probably starting after Christmas, possibly online and probably including an evening group – but we really want to tailor how these grow according to what is wanted or needed.  You may well know friends / neighbours who would also really benefit from something like this – these groups are designed to include people of any faith or none, so if you’d like to register interest or just to find out more please get in touch with me!

If you’d like to see further details about Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups, download their brochure.
 

Sue Bright I look forward to hearing from you!

Sue x
Sue Bright
Community Support Worker


 

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am with a warm welcome from our Pastor or another member of our team. Then we have a time of sung worship, led by musicians. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the Bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is Bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song.

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What about my kids?

[this whole section would need altering for Covid 19 way of doing things]
We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

  • Creche (0 months to 3 years). Children under 6 months are welcome but must be accompanied by their grown-up at all times.
  • Splashgang (school years R-2)
  • Supergang (school years 3-6)
  • Young people (school year 6+)

Children stay with their grown-ups at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. Someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups.

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, Bible stories, praying, music, craft, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected


Life Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our life groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Life Groups page and contact us. We can put you in touch with a life group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

 
Other Ministries

We also run/support the following ministries:

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

Simon Hudson
Revd Simon Hudson, Senior Pastor
Simon's vision is taken from Acts 20:20 - to get the Christian message into homes on a regular basis - and so he is always willing to visit people to offer pastoral support and spiritual care. You can find his teaching via our media page and, when time allows he blogs at acts2020.wordpress.com.
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Warmly in Jesus,

Simon