I know that when I was suffering from mental illness, the thing that I desired most but did not feel worthy of is being part of the community and for people to reach out to me.
After my uncle died, I began to distance myself from other people, including family members.
The person I was seemed to shut down, and that still affects me to this day.
At first, I distanced myself out of sadness. That probably affected how people were around me.
Once I desired to be around people again, it seemed like people were used to the Alyssa who never smiled or talked.
What I really needed, but did not seem to get, was for someone to acknowledge I needed a friendship group and for them to become my friends.
Community Groups are Amazingly Helpful
Community groups did not seem like an important thing for churches to offer when I was struggling to make friends, but fortunately for today, it is something that the church seems to press.
Community groups that meet every week provide church members with a safe place for people to meet and for people to get to know other members of the church.
For example, Christ the King church in Cincinnati, Ohio have these groups available all year round.
Once church members meet with the same people each week, they begin to feel more comfortable with the same people as time goes on.
My recommendation is for churches to establish community groups in a number that corresponds to their average church attendance so that everyone has an opportunity to meet together.
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