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Worship Resources

Here are a selection of links to resources on worship from around the world. Some have been produced in C of E dioceses and NHS trusts to help anyone wishing to create and lead worship on the theme of mental health or to lead worship in a mental health context.


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Two new prayers from Revd Mike Oates, Chaplain at St Ann's Hospital in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Mike Oates Prayers.doc (DOC — 19 KB)


A special Hymn for World Mental Health Day, composed by Christopher Newell and Mary Jones of Truro Diocese. (Tune Blaenwern or similar metre).


Hymn for World Mental Health Day.pdf (PDF — 18 KB)

A list of hymns, songs and chants that are suitable for use in mental health themed services compiled by Mary Jones of Truro Diocese.


Hymns songs and chants MHM.pdf (PDF — 33 KB)







Some suggestions for Biblical readings on a mental health theme.


biblical readings on mental health themes.pdf (PDF — 48 KB)









Here are some suggestions of poems, reflections and non-biblical readings for use in mental health themed services. We will update this document with new material from time to time.


Poems, reflections and non-biblical readings.pdf (PDF — 43 KB)









A Selection of prayers on the theme of mental health


prayers on a mental health theme.pdf (PDF — 43 KB)







'Blue Christmas' is a liturgical resource from San Carlos United Methodist Church in the USA.

Here are some excellent worship resources from World Mental Health Day 2012 from The department of Spiritual and Pastoral Care at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.



Worship resources World Mental Health Day 2012.pdf (PDF — 660 KB)








Nicky Gumble talks about emotional and spiritual health: including his own experience of talking therapies. HTB Time to Stretch



There are some sermon illustrations for use when preaching on depression on this site; click on the logo.


A sermon by Paul W Powell on Elijah: handling depression - click on the logo.




Ken Crockett's blog has some illustrations and reflections on depression - click on the logo