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Start Up Kit

Have you listened to our 1-hour program
on starting a HopeKeepers Group yet?
The following items are included in the HopeKeepers Start Up Kit
5 Bible Studies
So You Want to Start a Chronic Illness Pain Ministry

5 Copies of When Chronic Illness Enters Your Life Bible Study

So You Want to Start a Chronic Illness/Pain Ministry This 70-page manual will lead you through everything you need to know to have a more effective outreach to people who live with chronic illness or pain. It's designed with symbols and in an easy-to-read format; it also includes over 65 personal anecdotes from people in pain.

HopeKeepers Binder Mosaic Moments Book

The HopeKeepers Group Binder has a lot of information about starting a group, articles and more. Some ofthe info is below:

A quiz to see if your current chronic illness ministry is effective and meeting the needs of people in your church, as well as outreaching to people in pain that are not within the church.

A checklist to plan the steps of your chronic illness/pain ministry and evaluate how you are doing.

HopeKeeper flyer (on a disk)
HopeKeeper sign (on a disk)
HopeKeeper sign up sheet (on a disk)
Things to know about small groups
Ice breaker questions
HopeKeeper registration form
Sample Name Tags

5 Church newsletter columns. These columns come on a disk and can be just dropped right into your church newsletter. 
- What to Say to a Hurting Friend
- How to Help: Beyond Casseroles!
- Hospital Visits: What do You Talk About?
- When the Thorn Becomes a Rose & more! 

Drama sketches: A great way to introduce this issues of chronic illness into your church, these skits can easily be adapted to compliment your sermon topic.
- Handicapped Parking
- You Look Great!
- Alternative Treatments
- Head of the Household
- Spiritual Questions (Comes on a disk)

Press release about the group and ministry for newsletters.

Press release about Rest Ministries, Inc.

Mosaic Moments:Devotionals for the Chronically Ill Lisa Copen & Friends

You love the daily devotionals sent via email from Rest Ministries. Now have a special book filled with them for your bedside table. Over 200 devotionals.

DVD About Rest Ministries

This 5-minutes DVD is a nice way to introduce your church's leadership team to Rest Ministries and a HopeKeepers group (we visit one on the DVD!) as well as let other group members of HopeKeepers know more about this national organization.

HopeKeepers Poster

Perfect to post around your church or health club to advertise your HopeKeepers group.
Why Can't I Make People Understand? Book
Beyond Casseroles

Why Can't I Make People Understand? Discovering the Validation Those with Chronic Illness Seek & Why

By Lisa Copen

"No one get's it!" we all exclaim at one time or another. But if you feel this way on a regular basis you may be in trouble! This book gives you unique insight into why you crave the understanding of those around you when you are suffering.

Fun Stuff
Audio: Preparing for Chronic Illness Pain Ministry CD

"Business" cards - add your group's information with a label on the back and give them to all your group members to distribute to people who may be interested in attending!

HopeKeepers balloons can cheer up a meeting or are a great addition to an exhibit table.

Preparing for Chronic Illness/Pain Ministry audio CD

One of Lisa Copen's presentations about starting a chronic illness ministry.

Brochures, Tracts, Bookmarks, etc.
Connections CD

Rest Ministries Brochure
Pack of 75- $8.00

Rest Ministries "basic brochure" that shares about the ministry, HopeKeepers groups, HopeKeepers Magazine and more. Be sure to add a sticker with YOUR HopeKeepers groups LOCAL information!

Connections: Over 1000 health and illness related resources.

Connections CD-Rom of over 1000 health and illness related resources, includes many Christian & ministry organizations, contacts, and materials. (Over 80 pages printed; works with any IBM, easy to sort and search.



hk Laminated Resource Sheet

This 8.5 x 11 inch laminated HopeKeeper resource sheet is a must for any HopeKeepers leader or small group faciliator that needs ideas for their chronic illness/pain support group environment.

It includes Chronic illness facts, 10 ways to publicize your group, ice breakers, how to create an inviting environment, how to get the church involved, how to show your group you care and much more

How to Lead Small Groups by Neal McBride
Illness Descriptions: When a pastor receives a call about the recent diagnosis of one of his church members, where does he turn to gain insight into the illness? This is a quick reference so he can counsel more specifically.



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