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Support Groups

No one should go through pain and struggle alone.
There is help and hope available.

If you would appreciate prayer, please send your prayer request to our Care Ministry Associate, Sharon Voss, at svoss@cc-ob.org or call 630.321.3936.

Grief Recovery

GriefShare Support Group

GriefShare is a support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Weekly GriefShare sessions includes a video seminar and group discussion. A GriefShare workbook assists you with note-taking, journaling, and grief study. The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief, and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours.

Each class is 13 weeks and open to all for the first 6 sessions, at which point we would ask for any new participants to wait until the next class begins. Please pass along this group information to anyone in your life who may be struggling with significant loss.

The workbook can be purchased for $15 in the Christ Church bookstore, or at your first group session. If you have already purchased the book, you are welcome to attend at no cost.

 

Sundays, 4:30 p.m. • Oak Room • starts September 7

Register for GriefShare Sundays

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. • Oak Room • starts September 9

Register for GriefShare Tuesdays

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. • Oak Room • starts September 10

Register for GriefShare Wednesdays

 


Refocus Relationship Workshops

Refocus Relationship
Workshop

If you or someone you know is having difficulties in your relationship, have recently ended a long-term relationship, is going through a divorce, contemplating one, or have been divorced for awhile, our Refocus Relationship Workshop provides a supportive, safe, yet challenging environment that can help you heal and discover a new vision for your life, and your future relationships. Refocus can also help to renew a relationship by giving you new skills and a fresh outlook.

Topics include:

  • Self-assessment
  • Stages of Loss
  • Anger
  • Forgiveness
  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Understanding the opposite sex
  • Understanding God’s Plan for your future

The dates and times for our next workshop are:  Thursday & Friday, September 25 & 26 from 7:00 - 8:45 p.m., Saturday, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and Sundays September 28 0 October 19 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Cost is $40 per person (Scholarships are available upon request)

Contact: Joyce McAndrew (630) 321-6761 or jmcandrew@cc-ob.org

Register Now


Mental Illness: Family Support

One Mind One Heart

Are you walking alongside a loved one who is living with the challenges of mental illness? We invite you to come share the way with others who know the struggles and joys of the journey.

We are a faith-based, casual, drop-in support group, run by NAMI trained facilitators, welcoming new members at any time throughout the year.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays
7:00 p.m.
Fireside Room

Contact:  Pastoral Care 630.321.3936

 

Upcoming Events

Mental Health First Aid
Saturday, September 20 • 8:00-5:30 • 260 Wing

The One Mind One Heart Mental Health Ministry of CCOB, in partnership with The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Du Page County (NAMI), will be presenting, Mental Health First Aid USA.  This is an 8-hour certification course to help participants better understand mental illness and respond to those who suffer its challenges.  8 CEU's are awarded upon completion.  For more information contact the Care Department: 630-321-3936.

Materials/Book Fee $15

Lunch available $10

Register for September 20 event

Mental Illness: Stories of Hope and Encouragement
Wednesday, October 22 • 7:00-8:30 p.m. • 260 Wing

The One Mind One Heart Mental Health Ministry of Christ Church of Oak Brook, in partnership with NAMI DuPage (National Alliance on Mental Illness), will be offering a free mental health presentation. 

Come hear an overview of mental illness, including two personal stories of hope and encouragement, one from an individual in recovery from mental illness and another from a family member who's walking alongside a loved one with mental illness. Both will share how they have successfully navigated through difficult times with the help of NAMI DuPage. Resource handouts will be provided. 

Register for Stories of Hope and Encouragement Oct 22


Eating Disorder

Eating Disorder Support Group

The Stepping Stone

The Stepping Stone group is on a temporary hiatus. Contact our pastoral care ministry with any questions: 630.321.3936

The Stepping Stone is a Christian support group for women 18 and older who are struggling to recover from an eating disorder by working in therapy and seeking to move forward by embracing the power of God’s healing grace. This group is open to Christ Church and the greater community. Each meeting will focus on one or two Scripture passages to guide our discussion in a caring and uplifting environment.

2nd & 4th Thursdays
7:00 p.m.
Reconciliation Chapel

 


Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Support

One-on-one support that focuses on the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of dealing with breast cancer. This support exists to provide a safe place for women to share what is on their hearts and minds while dealing with breast cancer. We strive to provide a hopeful environment that encourages women to discuss the issues that they are facing. We offer listening ears and loving arms from those who have made this journey.

Questions


Call the Pastoral Care office: (630) 321-3936
or

Ann Knutson at (630) 478-9220

Carol Olsen at (630) 493-1718
Lyn Shean at (630) 323-1722


Support for women who lost a spouse

Naomi's Circle

Every other Friday • 1:00 p.m. • Oak Room


All women who have experienced the loss of a spouse are invited to join us for a time of fellowship and Christian study. This group is supportive and loving, growing together in the Lord.

Contact: Virginia Soderberg / 630.852.9027


Alcohol Related

Alcohol Related Support Groups

AAIM

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists invites anyone who has experienced
 a loss or injury to a drunk driver to attend our self-help group.

Fourth Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fireside Room

For more information, contact Twyla Blakely at 630-941-8704


AA

For those struggling with their own abuse of alcohol. 



Every Monday
12:00 p.m.
Room 264

Every Tuesday
8:00 p.m.
Student Center


Open AA


A meeting for anyone interested in learning about Alcoholics Anonymous.

3rd Saturdays
10:00 a.m.
Room 152 (Mosaic Room)

Every Tuesday
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Student Center

For more information on Alcoholics Anonymous visit
 their website at http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
 


Al-Anon

For spouses, friends, and relatives of those with a drinking problem.

Every Tuesday
7:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Room 264


Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Support Group

1st Thursday
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Room 264

For more information on the Alzeheimer's Assocation www.alz.org/illinois/


Special Needs Ministry

Special Needs Ministry

SERVING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 

We believe in God's value for every human life, and we believe that Jesus desires a personal relationship with every person, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.  Our Early Childhood, Children's and Student Ministries are committed to helping ensure a safe, welcoming environment that focuses on one mission: "To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ." Our desire is to:

  1. Make sure every child can enjoy church.
  2. Make sure that parents/guardians can fully participate in their own worship experience and receive their own spiritual nourishment.
  3. Make sure serving is a pleasure for our cherished volunteer "buddies" and that they feel fully supported while serving alongside our children with special needs.

If you have a child with special needs and would like to connect with us, or if you have a heart for serving in this ministry,  please contact Sharon Marinier, Children's Associate / smarinier@cc-ob.org / 630-654-3287.

PARENTS AND SUPPORTERS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

This group provides families of children with special needs the chance to nurture and grow their relationship with God and to seek and live out relationship in our congregation.  Next meeting dates to be determined. 


Questions: Sharon Marinier, Children's Associate / smarinier@cc-ob.org / 630-654-3287