Religion and a Healthy Life

The index is based on a survey of 550,000 Americans that attempts to measure the components of “the good life.”

Not surprisingly the Gallup Organization finds a significant correlation between religious people and a healthy life:

Americans who say that religion is an important part of daily life and that they attend religious services weekly also report having much healthier habits than people who self-identify as moderately religious or nonreligious.

Read it all at Episcopal Cafe here.

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Want to Reduce Stress? Invite a Friend to Church!

“Only when one forms social networks in a congregation does religious service attendance lead to a higher level of life satisfaction.”

Here’s another good reason to invite a friend to church. The 2006 Faith Matters survey shows that people are happier (and less stressed) when they have close friends sitting in the pews. Read about it here.

The survey authors found that “Only when one forms social networks in a congregation does religious service attendance lead to a higher level of life satisfaction.”

So de-stress, lower your blood pressure and evangelize at the same time. Bring a friend to church.

 

How to Handle the Holidays-Women’s Retreat at Holy Comforter, Augusta

Using the Gifts of the Spirit to De-Stress the Holidays-Women’s Retreat at Holy Comforter, Augusta November 20, 9am-1pm.

Its that time of year again. As the holidays approach, stress levels increase as we try to prepare for that “perfect” Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. In reality, many people suffer from worsening depression, grief, or stress because things aren’t all that “perfect.”

Stress reduction is part of a congregational health ministry and the Deacons of the Augusta Convocation are offering a Women’s Retreat at Holy Comforter, Augusta on Saturday, November 20, 9 am to 1 pm, entitled “Using the Gifts of the Spirit to De-Stress the Holidays.”

Four speakers will present different sides of holiday preparation, designed to help you CALM your season!  Each meditation will be followed by discussion, activities, or a walk in a beautiful setting. Invite a guest and make your reservations by calling Emily at Holy Comforter, 706-210-1133 .

One excellent way to insure a blessed, peaceful and holy Advent.

 

How to Start a Health Ministry

A simple guide to help you start a health ministry.

New post in the Congregational Health Ministries section on how to start a health ministry in your congregation. It has some ideas about how to go through the process of discerning what type of health ministry would be a good fit for your congregation and who to talk to for ideas and resources. Check out Starting a Health Ministry!

 

Defibrillators in Churches

How to start an AED program in your church

New page in our Congregational Health Ministries section, “Defibrillators in Churches.”

Check it out!