‘Leave the lights on’ weekend at Carrick Methodist

The 'Leave the lights on' weekend will be held at Carrick Methodist Church (file photo)
The 'Leave the lights on' weekend will be held at Carrick Methodist Church (file photo)

‘An open door and a listening ear’ will the theme for an outreach event at Carrickfergus Methodist Church later this month.

The ‘Leave The Lights On’ weekend will see the church made available to all members of the community, providing a place of comfort and solace along with information on mental health issues.

Running from Friday, January 22 to Monday, January 25, the Leave the lights on weekend was organised by Whitehead man Noel McKee.

The church will be continually open over the weekend so that people can call in either for peace and quiet, a trained counsellor to talk, or to take away information for onward support.

Tea, coffee, soup, and biscuits will be provided around the clock.

Talks will also be held on various topics, such as Internet safety or bereavement issues.

One-to-one art therapy sessions will be running, bookable in advance.

On Saturday, January 23, there will be a ‘Mood Matters’ talk by Aware Defeat Depression.

The programme incorporates basic cognitive behavioural therapy concepts, teaching participants how our thinking and behaviour can affect how we feel, physically and emotionally.

While the Methodist Church is the location for the event, organisers have stressed that it is entirely nondenominational and people can be assured that their religious beliefs (or lack of them) need play no part in any support offered, unless requested.

For more information on the events, email nwmckee@btinternet.com or call 07926 361201.