Care Groups Ministry is a holistic ministry of care, encouragement, and support for the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges we each face during our life journeys. “We See You” means you are not alone; we acknowledge you, and we are here.
El-Roi from Genesis 16 is the name Hagar called God, meaning, "You are the God who sees me." God does see each one of us, and cares about what we are dealing with in life. He wants us to see each other as well and care for one another.
The support this care ministry offers includes connecting with others, sharing our experiences either in a group or one-on-one settings, individual counseling, life coaching and spiritual direction, education, and awareness on relevant topics.
For questions or comments please contact Natalie at .
What's just ahead in September and October!
Caregivers need care and encouragement. This is space for you with others who understand your daily challenges. As caregivers we will listen to one another, encourage each other, share tips, and support and pray together. Caring for the Caregiver meets once a month on Saturdays, September 23 and October 21 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM in Room 204. No need to sign up, just show up. See you there!
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another.” Woman to Woman is a space for intergenerational woman to talk, share, create, experience and be encouraged- as iron sharpens iron. Woman to Woman offers an open invitation to single women, married women, moms, grandmoms- all ages & all stages of life are welcome! Woman to Woman is a simple gathering for real talk woman to woman. We will follow the IF Table format. Sundays, September 24 and October 22 from 10:30 to 12 PM in Room 203. No sign-up needed. See you there!
Lunch-N-Learns are monthly workshops on mental health in the Church to help raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental heath and mental illness. They will alternate between learning via curriculum using videos and workbooks and individual speakers from NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) who will share their story of living with mental health challenges. Through this learning format we will learn what God, and Scripture says about mental health and better equip us to come alongside each other on our own mental health journeys. Lunch-N-Learns are held on Saturdays and a light lunch is provided. Next: Saturday, September 30 from 11:30 AM to 2 PM in Room 204. Sign up here...
Watch here for how struggles with anxiety, depression, shame and sadness don't need to exclude us from belonging at church. At our monthly Lunch-N-Learn workshops, discussions about mental health are welcome and important for support and wellbeing.
What causes conflict? What increases conflict? What can decrease it? Are there tried and true—and Biblical—principles by which de-escalation can occur rather than escalation? And how does peace finally come about? Join Doug Burford, DMin, LCPC as he talks about these principles that are equally applicable to parents and children, siblings, spouses, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, and even nations. Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in Room 203. Sign up here...
Back to School Resources from NAMI Johnson County
As children through college students start preparing to go back to school, NAMI Johnson County is providing a few resources to help provide a smooth start. Make sure to forward this email on to a friend who may need some extra support for the school year transition.
How Teens Can Ask For Help by NAMI.org - Video about how to talk to trusted adults about how you are feeling.
How to Help a Friend by NAMI.org - Great printable for young people to know the 10 Common Warning Signs and how to offer support.
Positive Coping Skills for Teens by NAMI.org
Mental Health College Guide by NAMI.org
College Planning for Students with Mental Health Disorders by intelligent.com
Click here for Primary Resources for Aging Care & Support information
If you live in Johnson County Kansas you can receive the free magazine The Best Times
which is a bi-monthly news magazine for Johnson County residents who are 60 or older.
You can read it online or subscribe with this link
This link also has a listing of the other Johnson County's Area Agency on Aging publications.
Area Agency on Aging
These were established to provide a first point of contact for most things related to aging care & support.
This is a good article describing what the Area Agency on Aging provides
Our local Area Agency on Aging web sites
You can also visit their office at 119th & Ridgeview
Unified Government, includes Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties
Mid America Regional Council, includes Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties
Aging Care web site is a very good resource to research and ask questions
Another good resource is AARP
The Alzheimer's Association local chapter - Heart of America
Alzheimer's Association free online training