Care & Support

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way
you will fulfill the law of Christ.
— Galatians 6:2

Life is hard. Sometimes you need someone to walk with you along the way.

PASTORAL CARE: To meet with a minister or if a loved one is hospitalized, please call the church office at 972.727.8241.

PASTORAL CARE POLICY

GROUPS: Dealing with divorce, grief, parenting challenges or stress? You are not alone.

AVAILABLE GROUPS:

CAREGIVERS

Support, encouragement, and resources for those in the role of caregiving.

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Join other caregivers who understand and offer a safe environment for sharing. We hope to help by educating others about the resources available to caregivers, to offer fellowship, and walk alongside you in your journey. Members of this group meet on the first Wednesday of each month. This group is led by Patrick McBride. For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.

GROUP MEETING INFO

DIVORCE

Do you know someone considering divorce?
Please share this resource: 
Before You Divorce


Find healing from the deep hurt of separation and/or divorce and discover hope for your future.

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DivorceCare: By interacting with others, you’ll discover that they understand what you are feeling and will be able to offer you encouragement. You’ll also have a chance to talk about the information presented during each session. DivorceCare is a series of self-contained topics, so you may join in at any time. These gatherings meet weekly in the spring and fall.  For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.   

DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K): a program for children ages 6-12 struggling with the hurt and pain of divorce and separation. We combine games, crafts, activities, music, and videos to create an inviting atmosphere where children feel comfortable and accepted. DC4K meets when DivorceCare is in session. For more information, contact Ellen Wood.  

DIVORCE CARE/DC4K MEETINGS

GRIEF

Help as you face the challenges of grief and move toward rebuilding your life.

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It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurts you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare groups meet weekly in the spring and fall to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. GriefShare is a series of self-contained topics, so you may join in at any time. There is no cost for these seminars and is open to anyone in the community. For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.   

GRIEF SHARE MEETINGS

ADoption/Foster Care

Support for those adopting or fostering (or considering).

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Chosen, our Adoption/Foster Care Ministry meets to offer support for individuals or couples who are currently fostering, have adopted, or who are exploring foster care/adoption as an option for their family. This group meets during the school year on the fourth Sunday of each month.  For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.

GROUP MEETING INFO

Special needs

Support for families and activities for children.

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Walking by Faith:  Christ-centered support for mothers of children with special needs.

Parenting our children is rewarding, but sometimes overwhelming. Join other moms who understand your journey and want to lift you along the way through practical and prayer support. This group meets during the school year on the third Wednesday of each month.  For more information, contact Stacie Smith.

GROUP MEETING INFO    RESERVE CHILDCARE

Parents Night Out: Free childcare one night a month during the school year for children with special needs and their siblings. Parents Night Out is reserved for children in grades K-6. Each child is paired with a youth "buddy" who assists them with activities, snacks, and entertainment (under adult supervision) for the evening. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to RSVP, contact Cindy Edamura.

Wounded Parents

Help and encouragement for parents of prodigals.

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Being a parent of a “prodigal” can mean a lot of different things to different people. At its core, it means you have a child (of any age) who has turned away from you, your values, or maybe even turned away from God. We want to provide support, encouragement, prayer, hope, accountability, and resources to you, the parents of prodigals.

During worship on February 18, 2018, Pastor Chad shared a personal testimony of the road he and his wife Rhonda traveled as “wounded parents” (You can watch his testimony HERE - starting at 41:09).

There are a variety of topics that quickly come to mind for wounded parents – guilt, anger, fear, boundaries, communication, and grief to name a few. This group meets periodically on weekday evenings for about an hour. On occasion, a guest speaker is invited to help lead us as we address the struggles of wounded parents.

Our meetings are open to anyone, and conversations remain confidential. Please invite others to join us for any or all of the gatherings. Topics will be announced in the Sunday bulletin ahead of meetings. To receive Wounded Parents communication and to let us know that you are planning on coming, please contact Julie Roden.