Support Groups
 
 

 

For more information on our support groups contact care@christmemorial.org

 

​The care team at Christ Memorial continues to provide pastoral support for people living with mental illness, their families, and their friends, contact us at care@christmemorial.org. For your benefit the Christ Memorial website also provides a comprehensive list of area mental health contacts and resources HERE. 

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monthly, second Thursday afternoon, 3-4pm

Facilitator:  Alyssa Langejans, Evergreen Commons Caregiver Support Coordinator

Meeting simultaneously in person (Green Room just inside Door D) and as a virtual group via Zoom

 

  • October: Grief and Loss through the Caregiving Journey - Processing through the different aspects of grief in relation to being a caregiver of someone who has dementia.

  • November: Prepping for the Holidays - Helpful tips and resources to utilize during the holiday season.

  • December: Local Resources and Support - Lists and options of different resources in our community.

 

If you or someone you know has a loved one with dementia or cares for someone with dementia, please join us.  We also offer the opportunity for individuals with specific concerns or needs to connect one-on-one with an Evergreen Commons Dementia Support Specialist. For more information on the support group or to be connected with a specialist, contact Melissa Langworthy at melissal@christmemorial.org or 796-3346.

 

​GriefShare

Two group options available - when signing up, please specify which group you would like to be part of.

 

Group Onsite at Christ Memorial

Monday nights, 6:30pm

Meeting September 12 - December 5

Facilitators:  Barb Reilly and Diane Smith

Room 169 in the adult wing

 

Group at Freedom Village

Monday afternoon, 1-3pm

Meeting September 12 - December 5

Facilitator:  Glenda Vetter

Michigan Room (1st Floor) at Freedom Village

 

​Have you experienced the loss of someone close to you and are you walking the lonely road of grief? Please join us! In this group you’ll find a warm and caring environment offering you support and encouragement as you journey through your grief process. For more information or to sign up, contact Melissa Langworthy melissal@christmemorial.org or 616-796-3346.  Handbook Cost: $20.

 

Journey on with Hope - Widow/Widower Support Group

“When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful” (Romans 12:12).

Monthly, second Thursday nights, 6-7:30pm

Meeting September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8

Facilitator:  Heidi Gilcrest

Prayer Room off the Fireside Café

 

This group is focused on providing continued and ongoing support of widow/widowers during, through, and beyond their grief. Together this group will support each other in prayer, study, and discussion. This September, the group will begin a book study using the book entitled Revelations from Heaven by Randy Kay. They will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6-7:30pm in the Prayer Room.  A second meeting each month will be variable - including group dinner or a service project and will be announced in advance in the bulletin. For more information on the group or on the current book being studied, contact Heidi Gilcrest at hgilcrest@hotmail.com.  Book Cost: $15.

 

Narcotics Anonymous

Monthly, third Friday, 7-8:30pm

Meets year-round

Green Room just inside Door D

This is an Open Meeting. ​If you are struggling with an addiction or you know someone who does, you are welcome to attend our Friday Narcotics Anonymous (NA) open meeting. There is hope and another way to live! Narcotics Anonymous provides an opportunity to listen and learn from the stories of those who are living into their recovery through the 12 steps as they express themselves at our meeting and other meetings in our community. Come and benefit from the support an NA group offers as we daily seek to embrace sobriety. For more information, contact Brandi at 218-6643.

P.A.U.L. (Prisoners, Abandoned, Unloved and Lonely)

Support Group for Families with Incarcerated Loved Ones

Coordinator:  Ana Cabrera

 

The mission of P.A.U.L ministry (Prisoners. Abandoned. Unloved. Lonely.) is to help transform the lives of men and women behind bars with keeping families and our community close to them during time of incarceration. Our community can give them a second chance and help them find true freedom in Christ.

 

We cannot control the words and actions of others, but we can control where we turn for comfort and support. We help with letter writing and support so that people can continue to see their loved one in prison. All are welcome to help to support these families.  If you would like to become a prisoner pen pal, sponsor a prisoner or if you have questions about the PAUL support group, contact Ana Cabrera at 212-6572 or paulsgroup595@gmail.com.