Solid Rock Fellowship – a Christian ministry for those struggling with mental health

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Solid Rock Fellowship is a Christian ministry for people struggling with their mental health which began ten years ago at All Saints Anglican Church in Seacliff Park.

The origins of Solid Rock Fellowship grew not only out of an awareness that many Christians suffer with mental illness but also a concern that mental illness is all too often viewed as a hindrance to Christian ministry and fellowship. Thus in 2013, the Reverend Kym Smith and a small team started Solid Rock Fellowship with the sense that rather than being a hindrance to ministry, these illnesses and experiences could be seen as a gift for ministry. “Not a gift one would choose, perhaps, but a gift nevertheless”.

After the closing of All Saints Anglican Church, we were welcomed with open arms by Lighthouse Community Church. Since the move to Lighthouse in May last year, the Fellowship has grown to 30 people, though there are many who can only make it when they are up to it.

Mental illness is incredibly dark and isolating and can often make it difficult for Christians experiencing it to meet regularly as part of the body of Christ. One beautiful part of the ministry has been seeing people in the Fellowship grow in their love and care for one other, serving, meeting together, and praying for one another during the week.

Solid Rock Fellowship is a ministry of Lighthouse Community Church which meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at Lighthouse at 5pm. We gather together for a gentle gospel-centred service followed by dinner. An important part of the service is the sharing time where people have the opportunity to share how God has been working in their lives and to ask for prayer.

Please pray with us that that God would continue to use Solid Rock Fellowship to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ and equip those struggling with mental health to stand firm through their trials.

In Christ,
Brad Lynch
Solid Rock Coordinator

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