Mental Health Ministry

Mental Health Ministry

Jesus has a heart of love and compassion for those who are hurting…
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28, NIV)
“He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…” (Lk 4:18, NIV)

Our goal: as a church (and as individuals) to better reflect the heart of Jesus by…

  • loving, accepting and supporting those with mental, relational and addiction issues,
  • reducing the stigma and isolation that many feel around these issues, and
  • communicating a message of hope, healing and transformation in Christ.

Mental Health Weekend

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

You are cordially invited to our Mental Health Workshop.
The workshop is designed to help attendees learn how to better reflect the heart of Jesus in helping those among us, and those in our community who struggle with mental, relational and addiction issues.
The workshop will be beneficial for:

  • Those who are struggling with mental, relational or addiction issues – both church members and those in the broader community
  • Friends and family members who are already involved in helping those who are struggling
  • Mental health professionals from our community
  • Anyone who has a desire to learn more about helping those who are struggling

Location: Athens Church of Christ, 3720 Mars Hills Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Schedule: Start: 9:18am, End: 12:30pm. Light snacks will be provided.
No signup, RSVP or fees required.
Keynote: “Dealing with Mental Health Issues as a Congregation: What the Church can do Better”
Drs. Michael and Mary Shapiro, Psychologists who worked in Athens for many years
Breakouts: Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse, Marriage & Relationship Issues, Healing Grief, and How to Take Care of Yourself / When to Seek Professional Help
Panel: Christian Mental Health Professionals Answering Attendee Questions

Sunday, January 13th, 2019
During our regular Sunday Worship Service, Chris Mayo, a former ministry leader in our church and now a therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Georgia Center for OCD and Anxiety, will be preaching. Also, long-time former member and elder at ACOC, Dr. Michael Shapiro, will be sharing the communion message.