GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
JCUMC Grief Support Group
Thursdays from 11:30 am-1:00 PM
Room 208 at Johns Creek UMC
After the loss of a loved one, we experience a variety of emotions and life changing events. Helping one another through support and encouragement is the foundation for this group. Wherever you find yourself on this journey through grief, you are welcome to come.
WALKING THROUGH GRIEF
When it comes to dealing with grief, it can be a challenge to find the resources we need to educate ourselves and our loved ones on what is happening and how to best keep going forward. Having been down this road, we want to give back. We want to reach out to those who are earlier on this road. We cannot make your pain go away, nor can we provide answers for you. What we can do is help you to find the tools that you need to walk through your grief journey.
Grief, in our opinion, falls into two categories: grief that can be solved with time or money, and grief that cannot be solved. If you leave your favorite coat on a plane, with time and money you can replace it and the grief will slowly fade. However, with the loss of a loved one - whether a spouse, a parent, a child or a sibling - no time and no amount of money will make this grief go away. This is why seeking support for the grief journey is helpful. It is a place where you can find others who are grieving and provides an opportunity for mutual support.
NATIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS
DEPRESSION AND BI-POLAR SUPPORT GROUP (DBSA)
There is a lot of misunderstanding about depression and - especially - bipolar disorder. Both can be isolating illnesses, but the DBSA support group can help you connect with others who have been there as well. DBSA meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm AND the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm. Meetings are held in Room 200 of the Education Building. For more information, contact us via email DBSA@JohnsCreekUMC.org or via our website.
PARENTS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS (PFLAG)
PFLAG provides opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. The group now has a separate group for teens and younger adults. The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in Room 315, 320, 322 of the Education Building. All are welcome. For more information, contact us at PFLAG@JohnsCreekUMC.org or on our website.
CANCARE (for those fighting Cancer)
Fighting Cancer With Hope - CanCare provides one-on-one support to those in our community who have been newly diagnosed with cancer. CanCare volunteers use their personal experience with cancer to make the journey less frightening for someone who is currently battling cancer. JCUMC is partnering with several churches in our community to provide this much needed ministry. If you are a cancer survivor or if you have been recently diagnosed with cancer, please contact the leaders at CanCare@JohnsCreekUMC.org.
PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (US TOO!)
Us TOO helps prostate cancer patients and their caregivers find the resources they need to fight their disease. Us TOO provides support groups for men and their families with free information, materials and peer-to-peer support so they can make informed choices on detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship. This group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in Room 201 of the Education Building. For more information, please contact UsToo@JohnsCreekUMC.org.
ADDICTION & SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT GROUPS
NEW SUPPORT GROUP! SMART Recovery - Mondays | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. Our purpose is to support individuals who have chosen to abstain--or are considering abstaining--from any type of addictive behavior (substances or activities) by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, & actions, and to work towards long-term satisfactions & quality of life. Our approach encourages self-empowerment and teaches tools & techniques for self-directed change. Meetings are educational & include open discussions.
The SMART program is based on scientific knowledge & evolves as scientific knowledge evolves. SMART advocates the appropriate use of prescribed medications and psychological treatments.
SMART's 4-point program offers tools & techniques to:
1. Build & maintain motivation
2. Cope with urges
3. Manage thoughts, feelings, & behaviors
4. Live a balanced life
SMART Recovery is not a 12-step group like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
SMART Family & Friends is designed to help those who are affected by the substance abuse or other addictions of a loved one.
SMART Recovery (Room 216):
Facilitator: Kelly Spencer
Co-Facilitator: Scott Hager
SMART Recovery Family & Friends (Room 202):
Facilitator: Sandy Dickson
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA)
NA is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. This group meets every Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 pm in Room 203 and every Saturday at 10:00am in Room 203 of the Education Building.
NAR-ANON (CODEPENDENCY GROUP)
Nar-Anon is a fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. This group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm in Room 209 of the Education Building.
For more information, email Lori Osborn: losborn@JohnsCreekUMC.org