Substance Abuse Awareness

November 1, 2018


October was Substance Abuse Awareness Month. At Galilee, we are dedicated to helping our youth navigate the challenges they face, including the temptations of drugs and alcohol. On Sunday, October 21, we dedicated our time in Youth Group to this issue. We watched a video made by pop star Demi Lovato, which unflinchingly examined her serious addiction to drugs and alcohol. Then we divided into age-appropriate groups for discussion. 

Because this is such a serious topic, we want to make Family Ministry’s resources available to you for discussion at home, in school, or wherever you are.

Click here for discussion materials directed toward teens.

Click here for a parent’s guide.

Galilee Youth Group is like a family where judgement is kicked to the curb and no topic is too hard.

The discussion about faith and substance abuse didn’t end on that night, we hope. If you have any questions, or any concerns about yourself or others, Pam Bentley and the Family Ministry team are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call the office at 703.430.2203 or email Pam,

Also, we invite you to a broader discussion of mental health issues in January.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid assists someone experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for aiding someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

This 8-hour course will be offered at Galilee UMC on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm.

·  Date:  Wednesday, January 30, 2019
·  Time:  9 am – 5 pm (it is an 8-hour training)
·  Location:  Galilee UMC Adult Flex Room
·  Cost:  $25 per person includes lunch and course materials

Register here. For more information, call the church office at 703-430-2203 or contact Pam Bentley at