When Everything Seems Broken
The pandemic has taken its toll on all of us in various ways and to different degrees. As we struggle with our own losses, anxieties, discouragements, and practical needs, we are also aware that in many ways we are privileged. In our workplaces, neighborhoods, and society at large, there are so many people struggling financially, emotionally, and spiritually. As followers of Jesus and as compassionate people we want to help—but how can we find the energy to care for others when we ourselves are tired and hurting?
In this four-week series, we will explore what it means to be “good news,” both to ourselves and to people who may be struggling in various ways. We will discuss how our own healing is intertwined with the healing of others, and will focus on simple, practical ways to encourage and support one another. Through a study of various stories from Scripture, we will learn to listen to our own needs while strengthening our ability to listen well to the people around us. We will look at how we make time for our own wellbeing, and how we might be creative in making time for others. And we will rethink what it means to serve in meaningful ways that bring wholeness to ourselves and our world.
|Sep 12||Helping While Hurting||Matthew|
|Sep 19||Listening to Ourselves and Others||Ruth|
|Sep 26||Making Time for Community||Matthew|
|Oct 3||Rethinking Service||Ruth|
|Oct 10||Wounded Healers Part 1–Jacob||Matthew|
|Oct 17||Wounded Healers Part 2–Moses||Matthew|
As part of this series, we will hold two Emotional Support Groups on Tuesday evenings–one in-person and one via zoom–for Cedar Ridge attenders and their invited friends and neighbors. Everyone is welcome. The groups, led by certified counsellors, will provide a safe setting for people who have been struggling in various ways emotionally and mentally as a result of the pandemic. The first week (September 21) will provide an introduction, and will explore identifying struggles and dealing with adversity. Subsequent weeks will focus on anxiety (October 5) and grief (October 12). Sign up online to attend.
In-Person and Online Sunday Services
Although in-person services have now resumed, we will continue to live-stream the main Sunday service at 10AM via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join us in-person or online!
Cedar Ridge Community Church is a diverse, open, and affirming community of followers of Jesus, sharing God’s love with everyone and working to make the world a better place for all. We invite you to join us on our journey of growing to be more loving people who recognize that change must begin with us.