Ways to Find Refuge

Mercy Vineyard

In our recent Engagement Survey, we asked respondents to share about the most meaningful spiritual activity they have participated in recently, either at Mercy or elsewhere.

We want to share what we heard with you so that you can receive and be blessed by these resources and suggestions from others in our Mercy community.

Bookmark this Ways to Find Refuge resources document or see the resources and links below.

Ways to Find Refuge

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.” – Nehemiah 8:10

Q. Tell us about the most meaningful church or spiritual activity you’ve participated in since the start of the pandemic (at Mercy, another church or on your own).


On Your OwnAt Mercy Vineyard*Another Church/Org
Art, Creating@MW ClassesActivism
Bible Study1-1 Get TogethersBible Study Fellowship
Contemplative PracticesActivismHill Cities Men’s Group
DevotionsBaptismOnline classes
Donuts & CoffeeBook GroupsRev. Jacqui Lewis (Middle Church)
FastingChurchRichard Rohr’s Daily Email
HikingDaily DevotionsShe Reads Truth
LamentEventsSouthland City Church
MeditationGrowth GroupTransformation Church
Podcasts (ex. below):IntercessionVolunteering
– The Bible ProjectMercy PodcastWith God Daily
– Reclaiming My TheologyOnline CafeWorship
– Turning to the MysticsPop Up Learning Center
PrayerSaturday Men’s Group
Praying with my kidsSmall Church
Spiritual DirectionTalking and praying with someone
Spiritual readingTalking to Pastors
Taking care of othersVolunteering
Yoga*Periodically check our Events page for these opportunities.

Some Resources from Pastor Cassie Smith for the “On Your Own” Category:

Bible ReadingYouVersion, Dwell: Audio Bible
Contemplative PracticesAbbey Resources
FastingArticle – Fasting Isn’t for the Spiritually Elite, It’s for the Hurting
MeditationJames Finley/The Contemplative Way
PrayerTed Loder – Guerrillas of Grace
PrayerEd Cyzewski – Flee, Be Silent, Pray: Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians
Praying with my kidsJared Patrick Boyd – Imaginative Prayer
Spiritual DirectionSustainable Faith – Find a Spiritual Director
Spiritual readingColumbia Theological Seminary: A Spirituality Reading List
TherapyTwin Cities Counseling Services Recommended by Mercy