The Sanctuary Mental Health Course

Wednesdays at 6:30pm

First Baptist Church Vernon

Starting September 25

Who should participate in this course?

People with questions about mental health…
Mental health professionals with a wealth of knowledge to share…
Leaders who want to engage their community in mental health conversations…
People supporting loved ones with mental health problems…
People living with mental health problems…

The Sanctuary Course is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers.

How does it work?

The Sanctuary Course is an eight-week study guide for small groups. Each week participants will gather together, read through the content out loud or listen to it on audiobook, watch a film, and engage in conversation, reflection, and prayer. The course is designed to be run by small-group leaders in your church or organization.

For more information on how the course is designed to run, please see the FAQ page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cover?

Over the course of the eight weeks, participants will explore topics such as:

  • Understanding mental health and illness

  • Challenging stigma

  • The recovery journey

  • Companionship

  • Self-care

  • The role of community in mental health recovery

Each topic is explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective. Additionally, each session is accompanied by a compelling film featuring the story of an individual who has journeyed through mental health challenges as a person of faith.

If you’d like to participate please rsvp at

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

For those desiring to take further steps in their Christian life and discipleship, to break free from bondage to the past and experience healing, Emotional Healthy Spirituality is an eight-session video-based Bible study.

We all have the opportunity to grow closer to Jesus as we learn to slow down, listen to our hearts and allow God, through the work and Gospel of Jesus, to turn us fully to the abundant life Jesus offers. 

Come and join us on Wednesday nights from 7-830pm - all are welcome! Feb 13 - April 3, 2019

Cheryl Bear Concert Nov 17th - 7pm

First Baptist Church is pleased to welcome Cheryl Bear to our stage on November 17, Saturday evening at 7pm for a free concert. Everyone is welcome!
Cheryl is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter who shares stories of Indigenous life through story and song. She has released three albums: Cheryl Bear (self-titled), The Good Road, and A’BA. Cheryl’s albums have received three Indigenous People’s Choice music awards, two Covenant Awards and a Native American Music Award.


Charting a Course for (re)Conciliation


You can register online now for our upcoming Indigenous Workshop, and concert by Cheryl Bear, on November 16th and 17th at First Baptist.

This is a safe place to come and listen and discuss issues around our First Nations and Indigenous peoples, including how to respond to all the info out there and how to respond as lovers of Jesus. You are welcome to attend both days or the Blanket Exercise on Friday night or concert Saturday!

Lunch is included for the Saturday workshops.

Email the church office to let us know when you’re coming or sign up at .


7:00-7:30pm Welcome by Jodi Spargur

7:30-9:30pm A History of Indigenous People** (Kairos Blanket Exercise)


9:30-10:00    Coffee/Welcome

10:00-12:00     Plenary/Workshops

12:00-1:00     Lunch

1:00-3:00     Workshops

3:00-3:20     Break

3:20-4:00     Panel Discussion

4:00-7:00     Break

7:00-9:00    Cheryl Bear in concert

**This is an interactive exploration of the history of Canada since the first point of contact with Indigenous Peoples to the present. This powerful teaching tool creates a baseline for a common understanding of the history that many of us were never taught from which to learn and explore the topics that will be covered the next day. This exercise is appropriate for children grade 3 and up. Many students across BC have gone through this in school as a Kairos Blanket Exercise.

November updates!

Live Well Clinic Fundraiser 
- Oct 26

Grace Wulff Open house and Art Sale - Special Preview for FBC Nov 1, Thursday 2-4pm, regular hours Friday Nov 2 - 7-9pm and Nov 3 - 10am-3pm

Bridges to New Life  Banquet- Nov 1 (Vernon) or Nov 3 (Kelowna)

This is be Rob Baskin's farewell. Let's get out and bless them for their incredible work with prisoners!


Charting a Course for (Re)Conciliation - Nov 16-17

You can register now for our upcoming Indigenous Workshop. This is a safe place to come and listen and discuss issues around our First Nations and Indigenous peoples, including how to respond to all the info out there and how to respond as lovers of Jesus.