October 21, 2023 at Mt. Hebron Presbyterian
This is a one-day workshop designed to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicide. This includes the creation of worship resource, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and then how to extend the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories. This workshop engages the question of how to cultivate a soul-safe culture within your congregation.
“Given that 6% of adults and 17% of adolescents are thinking about suicide at any given time and 50% of any congregation is impacted by suicide in some form, this is an issue that the church cannot avoid. “Communities of faith have both a theological obligation and a call by God to face this challenge head on, equipping members to do the same.”Michelle Snyder, Soul Shop Executive Director.
Soul Shop workshops include addressing the primary obstacles to dealing with suicide such as stigma, fear, and shame; statistics/facts about suicide; and how ministries can create a supportive environment while shifting the culture around how people deal with this subject and one another.