Congregational Care describes what is distinctive about the church of Jesus Christ. As we grow in God’s love, we learn that such love compels us to care for each other much as family members care for each other.
The purpose of Congregational Care is to extend the reach of the Rector to care for all our members as Christ would for His own, both by ministering to them and teaching them to minister to one an other. In addition to providing marriage preparation, counseling, regular visitation and instruction in the Christian walk, we also direct several specialized ministries within the church including Stephen Ministry, DivorceCare, GriefShare, and Living Waters.
Winter – Spring 2018 Opportunities for Growth
Congregational Care is continually seeking to provide opportunities that will enable every member to live their lives more effectively. We are privileged to offer the following ministries. For more detailed information; or you may contact the Congregational Care office at 404-564-3159, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boundaries – by Drs. Cloud and Townsend
Boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual and also help us to distinguish God’s will for our individual lives. Come discover what your personal boundaries are. This DVD study is facilitated by Micky Land LPC, and Ashley Wille, January 23 – March 13, Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:30 A.M., in Room 244. Class cost is $25.
CrossCurrent: Beyond Brokenness – a safe and confidential community to experience grace and find truth. No matter how broken or hopeless we may perceive ourselves, God upholds us with hope. In this Christ centered community, God is restoring broken hearts, broken pasts, broken relationships, broken sexuality, and broken identity. Each week includes worship, teaching, a time of testimony, and same-gender small groups. Come and experience the hope and joy of overcoming strongholds, gaining healed relationships and intimacy with God. This 8-week class will meet in the STS DEN on Tuesday, evenings, January 23 – March 13 from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. The optional course book is $10.
Loving Myself as God Does: Taught by Micky Land, LPC. Understand how accepting yourself as God does advances your emotional and spiritual life. The class will be led in a small group format in Room 244 on Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M., for 10 weeks, starting on April 17 and ending June 19. Micky’s book Ending the War with Myself will be available for purchase in class. Space is limited.
DivorceCare – Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare is a 13-week video and small group discussion course designed to assist, comfort and support individuals as they go through this most difficult time. Class will meet on Tuesday evenings, January 9 – April 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The cost is $15. Room 617
Financial Peace University – Do you really know where your hard-earned money goes each month or are you left wondering where it went? Do you run out of money before you run out of month? Tired of being stressed out over money? Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is for you. This practical 9 week course covers all you need to know to achieve financial security in our uncertain world. Topics include savings, budgeting, debt elimination, investing, etc. We use Dave’s entertaining DVD’s, case studies, group discussions, and other timely materials in a friendly group session atmosphere. Class will meet on Tuesday evenings, February 6 – April 3, 7:00 to 8:30pm. The cost is $95.00 per couple or individual. Room 201-203.
GriefShare – Grieving the loss of a loved one, whether recently or in the past, is one of the most emotionally wrenching experiences one can go through. If one tries to deal with the varying waves of emotion on their own, the grief experience becomes even more distressing. GriefShare is a 13-week video and small group discussion course designed to assist, comfort and support individuals as they go through this most difficult time. Class will meet on Tuesday evenings, January 9 – April 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The cost is $15. Room 613
Living Waters, Restoring Relational Integrity
Lan in-depth ministry for any Christian seeking healing in any area of relational and /or sexual brokenness. At each meeting of this seventh month journey, we gather for worship, teaching, a time of testimony, and small groups focused on confession and prayer. Living Waters helps Christians resume the call to becoming whole gifts to each other through the body of Christ. The cost of the series is $500. This class meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M., starting the first week in October until the end of March. Check out the video testimonies at www.apostles.org/livingwaters Applications will be accepted beginning in August of 2018. In the meantime, our mini – Living Waters class is CrossCurrent: Beyond Brokenness which starts January 23. Class description and registration information is above. Check out the video testimonies and more information at www.apostles.org/livingwaters
Individual Counseling (Men and Women, Couples)
Stephen Ministers are trained to work with people who are experiencing a wide range of life crises, such as marriage and family conflict, job loss, financial problems, grief, illness, faith challenges, and discouragement. Stephen Ministers are not counselors but Christian friends who meet with their care receivers weekly to provide one-to-one support and prayer. These relationships are Christ-centered and focus on the healing power of Jesus Christ in our lives. They are confidential and last as long as there is a need. Each relationship is designed to meet the specific needs of the care receiver, whether for long or short-term care.
* You do not have to be a member of Apostles to have a Stephen Minister.
If you are currently facing a difficult situation and could benefit from the presence of a dependable, caring, Christian friend to listen to you and walk with you, please call one of our referral coordinators: Rebecca Wise (404-783-2608) or John Wise (678-358-5701).
GraceTouch Meals shares the grace and love of our Lord by providing a meal and a personal contact to those in our midst in need of refreshment, care, and encouragement. You may:
- Cook meals to be taken to families who have a need.
- Cook meals to bring to church to be put in the freezer for emergency help.
- Deliver meals to the families.
Prayer Ministry involves the expansion of God’s Kingdom through intercession for others. Intercessors may come to the church during the week and pray for the requests that have been received, or they may receive requests via email at home.
Ushers serve once a month during the 9:00 or 10:30 services. This includes, passing out the bulletin, helping people get seated, taking up the offering, etc.