Here at Trinity, we have worked to encourage you as we walk through this health crisis; however, we have noticed the overwhelming emphasis on physical health with little to zero focus on mental health. As we ask questions about how the choices we have been forced into impact us internally, we have seen many people who are hurting and suffering in the isolation that they now find themselves!
This is where Project Joy comes in! Research suggests that the habit of happiness is contagious, so we as a Trinity family are working diligently to spread JOY! For we know there isn’t a lot of joy out there right now. 18% of adults (that’s 40 million people) currently struggle with some form of an anxiety disorder or depression. Furthermore, when the SARS epidemic broke out in 2003, studies showed that children and parents’ PTSD scores were 4 to 5 times higher than normal after just 10 days quarantined. If there’s any time to spread JOY, it’s now.
Project JOY will consist of 5 different parts all working together to encourage us to daily live in the JOY of knowing Jesus Christ…no matter what our circumstances are! Project JOY will provide opportunities to connect with others in order to know and experience this JOY on a regular basis!
PART 1 – Prayer
The first part of Project JOY is that of PRAYER. Each day, we will offer prayer opportunities! Either for you to pray with your friends, family or small group or to join someone who will be leading a prayer group. Click here for more details. These prayer groups will be available through Zoom at 7:30am and 7:30pm.
PART 2 – Care
The second part is that of Support! Trinity’s staff is available to listen to you and walk with you through this health crisis; however, we also have trained ministers who are specifically gifted for this! A Stephen Minister is a caring individual who will listen to you, encourage you, pray with you, and consistently connect with you! You can contact the church today and get connected with a trained Stephen Minister!
PART 3 – Resource
Part three of Project JOY is to provide resources as you seek to be diligent in this time of isolation! Resources from things to think about each day: What am I thankful for today? Who can I connect with today? What physical activity can I do today? What blessings do I see in this difficult time? These resources will be available to anyone and compiled from the many great resources we have around us! Click here for our resources.
PART 4 – Serve
Part four will afford you opportunities to bless and serve others. These safe service projects will encourage you to serve others and combat the fear and isolation so many are experiencing. Click here for our list of safe service projects and ideas.
PART 5 – Scripture
The final part of Project JOY will encourage you to hide God’s Word in your heart! As we read and study the Bible each year, we also have an opportunity to allow our mental health to be supported by our Spiritual health – something we here at Trinity love to talk about! Take time each week to memorize scriptures that give hope, comfort, peace and most of all JOY!
This week’s verse:
Psalm 94:19, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought JOY to my soul.”
No matter what you may feel or where your changing emotions take you, God loves you! These emotions are real, but so is God’s love for you! He dies for you and is present with you always! This truth is greater and longer lasting than any feeling or crisis we face! This truth gives us true and lasting JOY! Reach out to us to learn more about Project JOY or dive into the information on our website TrinityCP.org!