Hear from past and current participants and facilitators of the Come Alive! Program
Come Alive! will appeal to a wide variety of people looking for these objectives: making space for God in the "real world," connecting the physical with the spiritual, learning about healthy eating & moving, creating peace in chaos, understanding God’s deep love for each of us, needing friendship, accountability, encouragement, and how to learn structure & optimize time.
I’d been tentative about trying any “diet” or weight loss program because of past failed attempts – losing weight just to gain it back again, and more, after lapsing on overly ambitious programs. The Come Alive! Program is different. It’s not a “diet” program but a faith-based holistic wellness lifestyle program. I believe the scriptural and spiritual focus of the program made the difference for me. The Holy Spirit is key to providing the strength to be successful.
Come Alive! is an excellent small group study that combines spiritual disciplines with research-based health and wellness strategies. Our small group really enjoyed learning new spiritual disciplines such as centering prayer and lector divina and low-impact physical movement (who doesn’t like dancing Salsa!)
Every participant reported a greater sense of wellbeing and lowered stress levels. Several diabetics even experienced lower blood sugar levels! The healthy eating portion of the study was excellent and we ended up sharing a healthy meal (and recipes) every week!
More than anything, the study was a bonding experience for everyone. In fact, Come Alive! was so helpful that everyone asked for a monthly “refresh” to support one another and hold each other accountable. We will definitely offer the study for others in our congregation.
- Pastor Bruce Ray
My favorite practices in Come Alive! were the One Minute Sabbath & Mindful Walking. I use the One Minute on almost a daily basis. It helps me avoid a rash response to an irritant, settles my mind and dispels anxiety
“The Breath prayers came easily and were definitely a favorite practice that I’ve included as part of my new daily rhythm.”
- Norene Oleksiak