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Introducing The Wellbeing Journey

 
The Wellbeing Journey is a new series to help churches and communities address the challenges of our times. Following the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, local churches are in a unique place to lead communities on this holistic journey to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. 

HOPE Together and KingsGate Church, Peterborough, have developed a video journey drawing on Kingsgate’s Wellbeing sermon series and the book ‘God’s Plan for Your Wellbeing’ by their lead pastor Dr Dave Smith. The videos are presented by Simon Thomas (Prime Video Sport/ Sky Sports/ Blue Peter) and  Joanna Adeyinka-Burford (BBC, Channel 5, Nickelodeon), with contributions from leading experts in different fields.
 
The eight video sessions are:
  • Week one: Introduction 
  • Week two: A wellbeing mindset 
  • Week three: Physical wellbeing 
  • Week four: Emotional wellbeing 
  • Week five: Spiritual wellbeing 
  • Week six: Relational wellbeing 
  • Week seven: Financial wellbeing 
  • Week eight: Vocational wellbeing
Full details of the video series are at www.wellbeingjourney.org.

We have also created a Youth Wellbeing Journey by young people for young people, to run in tandem with the adult video series. This is filmed from the perspective of young people going on their own journey to discover more of God's plan for their wellbeing. The series is filmed from the perspective of four young people. We hope lots more will join them and discover more of God’s plan for their own wellbeing.

Churches up and down the country are running The Wellbeing Journey. The series can be used to run as a centralised group (Alpha-style) or in small groups or Sunday services, whether online or physically.  The material is suitable for interested non-Christians and would make a great introduction to your church. We are also transforming young lives with our revised version, just for schools.

As well as the video series, the book ‘God’s Plan for Your Wellbeing’ by Dave Smith (published by Waverley Abbey Resources) offers a 50-day devotional – fuel for the journey. The book cost £8.99 or £5 a copy for bulk orders of 20. Find out more here.
 
Endorsing the book, Dr Roger Bretherton Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Lincoln (UK), says, ‘Dave Smith has learned the lessons of wellbeing the hard way, by asking tough personal questions and finding answers that can help us all. To my mind this is one of the best wellbeing resources available to Christians. It distils biblical, psychological, and medical expertise into bite-sized meditations covering all aspects of wellbeing, and most importantly, offers practical steps we can all take towards living life to the full. This book is a repository of wisdom and a gift to the church. It isn’t even out yet and I’ve been recommending it furiously.’

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