Support & Encouragement Circles for Men & Women
These circles gather not just to study a book about the topic together, but to uniquely support and encourage one another through the growth process. Because of this commitment to one another through life-style changes, these circles may meet together for a longer period of time. Read the description below to decide if one of these circles is your next step to take in a growing relationship with Jesus.
Grief Share: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy
scheduled on request, runs 8 weeks
Cedarbrook Conference Room
Leaders: Julie & Dan Eckert
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 hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. This circle will meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:
- Video seminar with experts
Each week your circle will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting, television-magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.
- Support group discussion with focus
After viewing the video, you and the other members will spend time discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar & what is going on in your lives.
- Personal study and reflection
During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.
The workbook is $15 and can be purchased online HERE, or in person at the Circle Preview. To join this circle, login to inFellowship.com, search for “Support” under Categories, select “Grief Share” and sign up.
The purpose of Stepping Into Freedom is to help group members develop roots and steadfastness in Christ so they can confidently master the problems they encounter. Stepping Into Freedom will benefit anyone who wants to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). We will be looking up scripture to support the unconditional love God has for us to live a daily life of hope, joy and freedom. Please bring a theme booklet and your bible. 6-8 weeks circle, starts at 6:00 p.m.
To join this circle, go to inFellowship, search “Support” under Category, select “Stepping Into Freedom”, and sign up. You can purchase the Group Members Guide through Living Free or Christian Book Distributors for $11.00.
Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse
by Steven R. Tracy
This ministry is led by Patti Walker; circles are facilitated by trained leaders for men and women and meet for a minimum of 14 weeks. Fall circles will begin in October with the days and time determined separately for each group. Sign up now to express your interest and meet with Patti to discover if this study is a good fit for you at this time.
Mending the Soul is a healing model for abuse survivors and their caregivers. Abuse is a human issue – men, women, girls, and boys can all experience abuse. Mending the Soul deals with verbal, spiritual, sexual, physical, and neglectful abuse. It also discusses the abuse in narcissistic family systems. It is a ministry about God’s love and healing power in a broken world. Each circle is completely confidential, learning and working through the six stages of healing in a safe, supportive community.
Dr. Steven and Celestia Tracy, who created the program for Mending the Soul, describe it this way: “Healing is basically relearning to feel, to express and to need in a community of safe people, where nurture and comfort are the norm. In short, unless we face the pain and truth of our victimization, we will not be able to experience healthy relationships in the present.
Contact pjwalker2603(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com for more information or login to inFellowship, search for “Support” under Categories, select “Mending the Soul – Women” or “Mending the Soul – Men”, and sign up.