Dealing with cancer, divorce, grief, stress? You are not alone. First Baptist Church Allen provides a number of care groups to help you through these challenging times.

Wounded Parents

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

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 whatever age) who has turned away from you, your values, or maybe turned away from God. We want to provide support, encouragement, prayer, hope, accountability, and resources to the parents of prodigals.

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. Over the next several months, we will get together to address such topics. The meetings will be on weekday evenings for an hour or so. When possible, we’ll bring in guest speakers to help us address the struggles of wounded parents.

The meetings are open to anyone, but conversations will 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. Please let us know if you are planning on coming. Contact Julie Roden.


Cancer Support Ministry is a small group of people who are here to walk along side you through your journey with cancer. It is designed to support survivors, patients, family members and care givers. This group meets on the second Sunday of each month. MORE DETAILS

For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.


Do you know someone considering divorce? Share this Before You Divorce resource.

DivorceCare is a small support group of people who are also experiencing separation and divorce. By interacting with others, you’ll learn 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 the seminar. 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. MORE DETAILS

For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.

DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) is a program for children ages 6-12 struggling with the hurt and pain of divorce and separation. DC4K helps children heal from the hurt of divorce. 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. MORE DETAILS

For more information, contact Lezah Maitland.


GriefShare is designed to help you face the challenges of grief and move toward rebuilding your life. 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. There is no cost for these seminars and is open to the community. MORE DETAILS

For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.

Adoption/Foster Care

Chosen is a small monthly group which meets to offer support for any individuals or couples who are currently fostering or have adopted or who are thinking about foster care/adoption. This group meets during the school year on the fourth Sunday of each month. MORE DETAILS

For more information, contact Jimmy Smith.

Special Needs

Walking by Faith is a monthly ministry which provides Christ-centered support to mothers of children with special needs. Parenting these children is rewarding, but overwhelming at times. 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. MORE DETAILS

For more information, contact Stacie Smith.

Parents Night Out provides free childcare one night a month during the school year for children with special needs in Grades K-6 and their siblings. 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, contact Cindy Edamura.