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Close to Home pamphlets used for teaching, outreach

   
 


Cover of Dealing with depression

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Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
September 16, 2011
-Steve Shenk

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.—Under normal circumstances, 250 Close to Home pamphlets might last quite a while at Tedrow Mennonite Church. But last month the congregation, in Tedrow, Ohio, gave them all away in one day.

“We had a joint worship service with nearby Pine Grove Mennonite Church, on the topic of depression,” says pastor Doug King. At the end of the service we gave each household a copy of the Close To Home pamphlet Dealing with Depression as a resource. I appreciate the information and stories these pamphlets contain.”
                    
Close to Home pamphlets address difficult personal issues from a Christian perspective. Each pamphlet includes a true story, an exploration of how the Bible and the Christian story bring hope to those who suffer, and a list of resources for further information. The pamphlets are written and reviewed by caregivers with therapeutic training and experience.

Steinbach Mennonite Church in rural Manitoba also displays the pamphlets in a foyer. Recently pastor Gary Martens and a team of congregational small group coordinators began recommending the pamphlets as a study resource.

“I anticipate that quite a few groups will pick up on these resources,” says Martens. “The topics addressed are relevant, the material in the pamphlets is well-researched and presented, and the discussion guides are very user-friendly.”

Study guides to accompany Close to Home pamphlets are available free at www.mpn.net/closetohome.

In June, two new pamphlets—Dealing with Dementia and Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—will bring the number of titles available in the series to twenty-three. Of those available, Dealing with Depression has been the second best-selling pamphlet in the series to date, with the top seller Dealing with Pornography. Total copies sold for all the titles in the series are nearing 60,000. Other recent pamphlet topics include electronic addiction, elder abuse, infertility, and bipolar disorder.

MennoMedia is the publishing/production ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.