“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
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.
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.
A group for blended families. Sundays, 10:40am, Berean Room (Akron Campus). Bible studies offered. Contact Joey Martin.
Gender & Sexual Issues
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.
GriefShare leads you on a journey from mourning to joy. A video series touching on the stages of grief. An ongoing series that may be joined at any time.
Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – May 20, 6:45-8:30pm, Room 202, $20 for workbook
Tuesdays, Sept. 9 – Dec. 9
- Contact Shirley at 330.315.5449.
An encouraging seminar that will help you discover new reasons to enjoy the holidays again after a loss. November 15, 2014, 9:30am – 12:30pm, East End, Green.
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.
Matt Williams is the Executive Director of Moriah Counseling and Consulting, LLC, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the state of Ohio. He is also a certified clinical supervisor. He received his Bachelor of Art Degree from Anderson University in Christian Education and his Master of Arts Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Clinical Counseling. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Bible for Indiana Wesleyan University and also serves as the Instructor for the Center for Theological Studies in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, visit moriahcounseling.org/welcome/our-executive-director/
Matt has over 23 years of experience in counseling, crisis intervention, hospice and pastoral ministry. He is a certified grief therapist and certified in thanatology. Most recently, he has served as the Clinical and Spiritual Director for Cornerstone of Hope, Ohio’s largest grief counseling agency. At POPs, we are encouraged through godly counsel, inspired with hope through shared testimonials of GRACE, enlightened by shared spiritual resources and comforted through prayers of fellow sufferers.
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.
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.