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, 3-4pm

Facilitator: Alyssa Langejans, Evergreen Commons Caregiver Support Coordinator

Green Room just inside Door D

 

If you or someone you know has a loved one with Dementia or cares for someone with Dementia, please join us. For more information, contact Melissa Langworthy at melissal@christmemorial.org or 796-3346.

  • JUNE - Summer Safety and Activity Tips: Tips and tools to maintain a safe and enjoyable summer.

 

  • JULY - What to Expect on your Caregiving Journey: How to prepare financially, emotionally, socially for the future while caregiving and resources to help along the way.

 

  • AUGUST - Dementia 101: What is dementia, how is it affecting the brain, and how does that affect the caregiver helping their loved one.

 

 

We also offer the opportunity for individuals with specific concerns or needs to connect one-on-one with an Evergreen Commons Dementia Support Specialist. If you would like to be connected with a specialist, contact Melissa Langworthy using the contact information listed above.  She will connect you with an Evergreen Commons Dementia Support Specialist.

 

​GriefShare

This support group will be offered again in the future

Facilitators:  Barb Reilly and Diane Smith

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. If you are interested in future offering of this class please let us know! For more information, contact care@christmemorial.org.

 

Healing Hearts - The Hem of His Garment

 

Facilitator: Mary Lorence

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Healing Hearts is a group study of God’s Word that helps bring about healing for women who have suffered loss, sexual abuse, divorce, rape and other trauma. It provides a safe place where they can openly share their pain with other women without fear of judgement or condemnation. For more information or to sign up to be part of this group study, contact Mary Lorence at marylo@healinghearts.org or 836-4098.

 

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)

Facilitator:  Heidi Gilcrest

Contact: Melissa Langworthy at melissal@christmemorial.org or Heidi Gilcrest at hgilcrest@hotmail.com

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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 fellowship, prayer, study, and discussion. On the first Thursday of the month for the summer, beginning Thursday, June 2, this group will be meeting once a month for dinner and a time of fellowship. For more information, contact Heidi Gilcrest at hgilcrest@hotmail.com

 

Narcotics Anonymous

Meets year-round

Contact:  Lynn White

Green Room just inside Door D (both nights)

Wednesday nights - Weekly, 7-8pm

This is a Closed Meeting. Only those who are struggling with addiction can attend this meeting. 

​Only those addicted and/or looking to overcome their addiction are invited to attend our Wednesday night Narcotics Anonymous (NA) closed meeting. The closed meeting session is anonymous (first names only) so that you have the privacy you need to talk openly about your addiction.

 

Friday nights - Monthly, third Friday, 7-8:30pm

This is an Open Meeting. Currently the only open NA meeting in Holland.

​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 each NA group offers as we daily seek to embrace sobriety. For more information, contact Brandi at 218-6643 or Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 796-3362.

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.

The Village

Friday mornings, 10-11:30am

Contact:  Brittany Lanning

The Jungle in the children's wing

In The Village, we are creating a space for community, belonging, and connection. We are seeking to restore “the village” in our journey of raising children. Our gathering and support for one another is a way to remind ourselves that we don't have to do it alone, of our purpose as caregivers for children, and of our purpose in serving Christ. (Please note: no staffed childcare will be provided during group meetings, but The Jungle will be available for children to play in while caregivers meet. Also, The Jungle is not open to the general public on Fridays, but caregivers are welcome to come with their children if they are interested in being part of this support/community-building group.)  This group is for parents, guardians, grandparents and others who are caregivers of children.  For more information, email Brittany at brilanning7@yahool.com .