Support Groups

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Encouraging words for sure from the Lord Jesus, the only one who offers ultimate peace and hope no matter what we face in this life.

But there it is, as Jesus warned. Trouble guaranteed. And yet, it doesn’t have to end there. When we face hardships, we do not have to go through it alone. A hand up, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a compassionate hug, an understanding nod, a word of hope—all are available. That word of hope is Christ, the one who has overcome the world.

The Chapel offers “Hope Rediscovered” groups. Here you will find others who get it. They know what it’s like to hurt, to grieve, or to give into temptation. And they, like you, are looking to rediscover the hope they once knew, and even more than that, they are searching for a hope that will last. They, like you, are longing for healing—from heartache, an addiction, a struggle of some sort.

Your discovery of hope begins here.

Divorce, Remarriage & Blended Families

Rebuilders

This is a divorce support group that meets each Thursday at 7:00pm in the Berean Room on the Akron Campus, whenever the Divorce Recovery Workshop is not meeting. Guest speakers discuss helpful topics. Small groups provide support and discussion time. Contact Shirley at 330.315.5449.

Divorce Recovery Workshop

This is a six-week workshop that features biblical teaching for recovering from divorce and separation. It is offered every second Thursday of April & second Thursday of September. Designed for all ages. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Registration fee is $35. Register HERE

Contact Shirley at 330.315.5449. Visit our web page.

New Beginnings

A group for blended families. Sundays, 10:40am, Berean Room (Akron Campus). Bible studies offered. Contact Joey Martin.

Gender & Sexual Issues

 Genesis

This is an anonymous, confidential support group that provides Bible-based help for those who wish to find freedom from same sex attraction. Support is also offered for families affected by the homosexual orientation of a loved one. Weekly and monthly studies offer hope and restoration. A one-year commitment is required. Call the Genesis hotline at 330.315.5610.

Grief

GriefShare

Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point. Each session is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will be able to pick up any sessions you missed in our next 14-week cycle Click HERE for brochure.

Tuesdays, 6:45 – 8:30pm

Fall session 2014, Green:

Sept. 9 – Dec. 9, Room 206

Spring session 2015, Akron:

Feb. 17 – May 19, Room 202

$20 for workbook

  • Due at the first class you attend
  • Cash or check only. Checks payable to: The Chapel

Surviving the Holidays

No matter how long it’s been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time. But there’s hope. Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again.  

November 15, 2014, 9:30am – 12:30pm, East End, Green.

A light breakfast will be served. Workbooks provided. Walk-ins welcome! This is a free event, but donations are accepted.

Contact Shirley at 330.315.5449.

Parents of Prodigals

Parents of Prodigals

Parents of Prodigals (POPs) provides a time of encouragement and prayer for parents struggling with the heartache and disappointment of wayward teens and adult children. Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Great Commission Room of the Akron campus. Contact Shirley at 330.315.5449.

Post-Abortion

Support for Post-Abortive Women

A class to help you heal and find freedom from the guilt and shame and memories from the experience; based on an 11-week Bible study guided by the book Forgiven and Set Free by Linda Cochrane. Two-hour class weekly with homework. Flexible days and times. Completely confidential, loving, caring. Contact Sandy at 330.608.1027.

Disability Support

Through the Roof Ministries

Mark 2—doing whatever it takes to bring people to Jesus. Ministry outreach includes: Encouraging Encounters local outreach with those affected by disabilities; Strength of Heart, the speaking ministry of Shanda Grubb Gobeli; Integrate into My World, Christian therapy, work, and leadership training for those with disabilities; TTRM Reach Out, providing Bibles and durable medical equipment (an international affiliate of Joni and Friends). Contact the Director, Margaret Matasic. Visit our Disability Ministry page.