With the challenges around anxiety, disconnectedness, isolation, and discouragement this season, we want to take steps to become healthy together. So, for the entire month of November, we'll have opportunities to grow together in mind, body, and soul. Each week there will be new ways to take small but significant steps towards personal holistic health, as well as ways to engage with health in community through events like a panel discussion, cooking class, or group workout. The whole experience will culminate in the Jog for Joy 5k, which will benefit area organizations that support mental health in teens and families.
If you are looking for support beyond the scope of this month's Healthy Together programming please explore these mental health resources.
In this Together
Because trying new things and forming new habits is difficult, our best shot at success is to do this together! Form a Healthy Together pod of about 5-6 people for the sake of encouragement, support, and learning. The pods will have touchpoints throughout the month, and groups will be provided ways to engage and suggestions for weekly check-in questions to ask. Form your own pod (i.e. with people from your Small Group, Community Group, friends, etc.) or, if you'd prefer to be placed into a pod with an assortment of others on this Healthy Together journey with the hopes of making some new connections, you can do that too.
Post this calendar on the fridge or use it for computer wallpaper this month to remind yourself of this month's Healthy Together happenings. Read on for descriptions of the focus for each week as well as the weekly Steps to Health Challenge with suggestions for new practices or habits to integrate into your life. As an added bonus, use the images provided to share your new habit on social media, or print and hang it around the house to encourage others and hold yourself accountable!
Each week of November will have a different theme, but the same rhythm:
- Every Tuesday check Highrock Online for a Facebook Live event hosted by Pastors Meghan DeJong and Walt Quick. They'll introduce the theme for the week, its biblical basis, and usually have a special guest or two who will share how God is working in their lives in ways that relate to the week's theme.
- Every Thursday Highrock's Soul Care Team will post a related spiritual practice on Facebook.
- Every Friday we'll host a community event. Whether it's a cooking class or a roundtable discussion, it's sure to spark your interest and spur you on to keep striving to be #healthytogether.
Please note, the public events and posts on Highrock Online as part of Healthy Together will be viewable by all, so you will be able to see it, even if you don't have a Facebook account.