Care and Support
The Care and Support Ministries at Grace Avenue are designed to create a sense of emotional home for all.



SUPPORT MINISTRIES

As a part of Grace Avenue Mission to "eradicate homelessness in whatever form it presents itself" we believe the everyone needs and emotional home. Our experience teaches us that loved people love and hurt people hurt. When people have an emotional home, they thrive in their sense of well-being and vocation.

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Sundays: 2:30-4:00 pm
September 11- October 2
Tom Graves Hall
Cost is $20
Grief Support Group Study (Details & Registration)

This group is for anyone who has experience the loss of a loved one.  In our time together, we will learn about the on-going journey of grief, how to care for ourselves, ask for what we need and be able to share what we miss the most.  The group will be facilitated by Tiffany Ross, MA, LPC-Associate, supervised by Vanessa M. Sanford, MS, LPC-.S. Tiffany is with Planting Seeds Counseling and Coaching.

There is a $20 fee for resources, but the church will cover those costs if needed.  Childcare available upon request.

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Meets on 2nd Sundays
4:00-5:15 pm
Brides Room
(Next to Sanctuary)
Grieving Hearts  (Details & Registration)
led by Susan Bryan, LPC

This is a monthly support group focused on persons who have lost their spouse/partner.  The group is open anyone at Grace Avenue or the wider community.

In our time together, we will learn about the on-going journey of grief, how to care for ourselves, ask for what we need, and be able to share what we miss the most. This is a free community event.  Please contact Susan Bryan at [email protected] with questions. 

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Meets 2nd Wednesday 
6:30 pm
Room 217
Parents of LGBTQ+ Discussion Group (Details)

Join us for this discussion group for parents of LGBTQ+ children. This will be a non-judgmental and confidential space where we can learn from and support each other. To register or for questions, email [email protected] with subject line: Parent Groups. 

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Journey of Hope

Grace Avenue hosts grief group support sessions from Journey of Hope for children, adolescents, and their parents or adult caregivers who have lost a loved one to death. Find more information at www.johgriefsupport.org.

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Sober Speak

Are you or a loved one navigating the path of recovery? Are you interested in learning more about the AA community but uncertain about attending a meeting for the first time? Sober Speak is a podcast for those in recovery, those who love someone in recovery, and those who support someone in recovery. It is a podcast where stories of the power of redemption are shared. We know our stories matter. We know sharing our stories in an honest way is important to our own mental and emotional health.  Sober Speak has become a place where stories are shared and we discover we are not alone. Learn more at www.SoberSpeak.com.

Grace Avenue periodically hosts live Sober Speak events. Email John M. at [email protected] for details about our next event.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Groups
Saturdat at noon in the EDGE Room

There is an ongoing AA group that meets at Grace Avenue.  Please contact John Michael at [email protected] for more details.


Mondays & Wednesday
6:30-7:30am in the EDGE Room

Contact WD Hall at [email protected] for information about this group.

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Date Nights at Grace Avenue

Fall 2022 Dates:  Oct 14, Nov. 11 & December 9 (Watch for Details)
We periodically schedule "Date Nights" for couples. Events might be a discussion about marriage, be a game night, dance lessons or any number of activities.  Every event included dinner. Each is sure to be enriching to your relationship and FUN! Contact Laura Byrd at [email protected] with questions or to find out when our next Date Night is planned.

Divorce Care
Scheduled Periodically
Divorce Care

This is a study/support group that invites participants to begin the journey toward acceptance and hope in the midst of divorce. Contact [email protected] with questions or to find out when the next group starts.

CARE MINISTRIES

“In loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.”   
--Fred Rogers

 

Care  Ministries at Grace Avenue is comprised of members living out our call to love our neighbors during life’s difficult times.  We do this by offering to join with and serve both those in our congregation and the community at large through prayer, meals, transportation, connection, conversation and worship.

Please email [email protected] if you would like more information on volunteering with these ministries or if you or someone you know is in need of care.

Volunteer with Care Ministries



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Care Partners

Serve through committed presence at a Sunday worship service each month where you welcome members and/or visitors who are in need of prayer or a listening ear.

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Prayer Partners

Serve through weekly commitment to praying over all prayer requests presented to the church for those in need

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Visitation Partners

Serve through visiting members of our community who are in long term care or homebound. (This includes Prairie Estates)

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Meal Partners

Serve through helping in cooking and/or delivering meals to those in need.

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Worship Partners

 Serve through assisting a minister in taking elements of worship to those unable to attend services on campus.

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Transportation Partners

Serve through providing a ride to those with the ability and desire to attend a service but who are unable to drive themselves.

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Prayer Shawl Partners

Serve through making blessing blankets and other items of comfort. Read more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry HERE.

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Hospitality Partners

 Serve through assisting with all church meals as well as providing comfort in times of grief for families who have lost a loved one by helping with luncheons following funeral services.