Are you or a loved one dealing with anxiety or depression or another mental health challenge? Are you concerned about what others will think—those who don’t understand—when you share your struggles or those of a child or spouse? Are you looking for a safe and welcoming environment of people who "get it?"
Who are Grace Groups for?
Living Grace is a support group for those living with mental health challenges, and Family Grace, for those who support them. Time together is not intended to replace professional assistance when needed, but rather as an arm of the church to come alongside one another to encourage and uplift—to build a biblical and empathetic community of those who have or are living through it.
What are the groups like?
Grace Groups are part of the congregational care ministry at College Church and is open to everyone. Each session allows for personal discovery and relationship building through discussion and practice of the tools learned. Scripture-infused, the Grace Group lessons touch on how God sees the individual in these challenges and gives hope as we share and learn from the experiences of others. Each session of the 16-week curriculum stands alone, which, if needed, allows you to come and go at any point and choose which topics are most beneficial to your situation and availability.
Some of the topics covered in our meetings during the year include:
When do we meet?
We plan to meet twice a month by Zoom on Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. Join us from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Registration fee of $20 includes workbook, or $12.99 for the e-book version. Contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext.175 for more information or to connect with a group facilitator to explore this option for you or a loved one.
Grace Group participant quotes
"I don't feel alone in my struggles. There are others who understand me."
"There is great encouragement in hearing others’ moments of victory and lessons learned."
“I have been looking for a group like this for years.”
“I appreciated the confidentiality in the group and the freedom to share.”
Grace Group facilitator quotes
“We see symptoms being reduced; we see faith getting strong; we see people making connections with others in the group.”
“The biggest takeaway I hear from participants is that ‘finally, someone gets it.’ What better place to find that kind of acceptance and solace than in the church.”
How do I get started?
For more information about the Grace Groups for mental health, email Pastor of Congregational Care and Family Ministries, Eric Channing, or his administrative assistant, Christy Chiodras, or call them at (630) 668-0878.