Pastoral counseling is available to those in our church family and is usually reserved for those who are dealing with spiritual needs, questions or emergency situations. Pastoral counseling in other areas of need is also available on a limited basis. Call the office between 8:00am–5:00pm, Monday through Friday, for an appointment: 714-529-5544.
Peer Counseling is available free of charge to regular attenders and members (ages 18 years and older) in a one-on-one, time-limited format (10 to 15 sessions) with a same-sex counselor. The Peer Counseling program is based upon biblical principles and is designed to create an opportunity for spiritual growth through participating in a series of individual spiritual counseling sessions with a peer counselor.
Peer Counselors have received training in spiritual counseling principles and are supervised by a member of the church’s pastoral staff or another person assigned by the pastoral staff for that purpose. The peer spiritual counselor to whom you will be assigned is a non-professional, not a professional mental health therapist. All the appointments take place in the church offices. Contact Lisa Fukumoto, 714-257-4316, to schedule an appointment.
Peer Counselor Training
EvFree offers a training program for those engaged in various kinds of peer support. The Peer Counselor Training & Lecture series is open to the community and are free. Note: You do not have to be part of the training program to attend any of the lecture presentations. *This training program is currently on a break. Check back for the upcoming lecture series schedule.
We would love to visit and pray with you in the hospital. Trained counselors are available to minister to those who are facing a serious illness or hospitalization. Call the church office during the week, 714-529-5544.
A visitation ministry open to singles, couples and families who wish to visit a member of the community who is homebound. The volunteers are committed to visiting this person once a month and calling them twice a month for a period of one year. We are in partnership with assisted-living and skilled nursing facilities within a five mile radius of our church. Contact Bambi Encarnacion at 714-257-4314.
A pastor or trained member is on call every day to assist with spiritual needs or questions and can be reached by calling the church office at 714-529-5544.
Maybe it’s because prayer is one of the most practical ways we can support one another that the Bible encourages us to pray continually. If you are not part of a group in the church where people can pray for you, below are groups of people who will count it a privilege to support you in this way. Please e-mail your requests here.
Following each service on Sundays (am/pm) people will be available to pray with you. It may be in response to God’s movement in your life during the worship services, an area of need or concern, perhaps a desire for direction, or desire to move into a new arena of ministry. However we can come alongside you, at the end of each service those leading worship will direct you to the space, and people, who will join with you in your journey through prayer.
Divorced & Single Parents
Divorce Care Workshop
Next session: TBD | Contact LaDona Peterson, 714-257-4380.
The Divorce Care Workshop is a ministry devised and directed by divorced people for those who may be somewhere in the process of a divorce or separation. If you find yourself in this process, we want to provide a safe, supportive environment in which you may grow to become a more healthy person. The format includes material relating to the process of divorce, separation and recovery. Weekly topics include: anger, depression, loneliness, forgiveness, healing and new relationships. You can expect to find a sharing, caring, supportive and informative atmosphere. You will also find Christ-centered leaders who care about your growth process. The Divorce Recovery Team expects your faithful attendance and commitment to your own healing process. You may register at the Friends Becoming Family/Divorce Care fellowship’s weekly meetings, on the Plaza or by calling the church office at 714-529-5544. Childcare is offered.
Divorce Care for Kids: DC4K
Contact LaDona Peterson, 714-257-4380.
DC4K is a special group to help your child(ren), ages 6–12, heal from the pain caused by a separation or divorce. Your child(ren) will enjoy a fun, caring group of volunteers that create a healing community for them to thrive. Weekly session topics help your child(ren) learn that God’s love strengthens them and helps them turn their sadness to hope and their anger to joy. Runs concurrently with Divorce Care and the ongoing Single Parent Support group.
Single & Parenting Class
Contact LaDona Peterson, 714-257-4380, for upcoming class dates.
If you’re a single parent, you’re probably tired, overwhelmed and feeling a bit under-appreciated. That’s why we created Single & Parenting groups—to share tips and parenting wisdom that will help you find rest, hope and encouragement. At a Single & Parenting group you’ll participate in video seminars that explain how to: Wisely encourage your kids to obey, Help your hurting child, Eliminate debt, Deal with verbal onslaughts, Figure out what your emotions are telling you. Plus, you’ll develop meaningful friendships with other single parents who, like you, are tired of hectic mornings and chaotic evenings, the kids fighting, and a never-ending to-do list. Take the guesswork of parenting alone.
Friends Becoming Family/Divorce Care
Sundays, 10am, North Campus, room 150 | Wednesdays, 7pm, North Campus, room 120
A weekly group that meets both on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Those who are single parents, divorced, separated, widowed, or re-married often find refuge here; as well as singles or couples who are simply looking for a family. No childcare is provided on Wednesdays. Sunday school options open for children on Sunday mornings. friendsbecomingfamily.weebly.com
Monday evenings | For those no longer involved with the abuser
We understand that this issue is very difficult, and confidentiality is a priority as well as loving support and encouragement. For more information and specifics of time and location, please contact Donna at 714-928-7434. Ask about the Domestic Violence Workshop which is available for those who want to know more about this issue. Childcare is provided.
Foster Family & Adoption Support Group
If you are currently fostering or have adopted please join us for a time of fellowship, encouragement and prayer. Group meets the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 10:00am in north campus room 135. Contact Amy Gaw, 714-809-5324, for more information.
Grief Support Group
Tuesdays | 7:30–9:00pm | B208 | Contact LaDona Peterson
The Grief Support Group meets weekly to facilitate healthy grief work for those who have lost a loved one by death. A small group for school-age children who have lost a parent has been added. Adult groups include parental/sibling loss, loss of a child, widows/widowers. The Grief Support Group is free of charge, open to the community and no registration is required.
Mondays | 7:00–8:30pm | $20 for workbook and materials.
Contact the church: 714-529-5544 ext. 484 and a facilitator will return your call.
An on-going, continuous support group for wives whose marriages have experienced any form of sexual betrayal. This confidential group will use a Christian curriculum and be led by trained and experienced facilitators.
Men of Moral Integrity
Contact the church: 714-529-5544 ext. 614 and a facilitator will return your call.
A confidential, life-building, shame free, ongoing and continuous support group for men struggling with sexual temptations and addiction. We are a group of men, led by men, to support other men, and at the center of it will be Jesus, who can be trusted above all others. Leave a message at the number above and group’s facilitator will contact you for a brief appointment and group meeting location.
Mental Health Support
Saturdays, April 15–July 29, 2017 | 10:30am–12:00pm | North Campus, Room 120
Do you live with constant anxiety or depression, been diagnosed with bipolar or schizophrenia, or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? If you do, we have a support group just for you. This is an on-going, open group; you can join at any time. Come be encouraged and learn how to live with hope, using a Christ-centered curriculum. If interested, call 714-529-5544 x617 and leave a message for a return call.
Caregivers of the Mentally Ill (COMI)
First and third Thursday | 7:00–8:30pm | North Campus, Room 160
Mental illnesses are severe and persistent biological brain disorders that disrupt a person’s ability to think, feel, relate to others and their environment. More than 3.5 million people suffer some form of mental illness in the United States, affecting one in five families. We as a church are committed to providing help, resourcing and support for the mentally ill and their families. This support group is for those assisting family members and friends struggling with mental illness.
NAMI Family to Family Education Program
Free education and support for families who have relatives with serious mental illness. The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a new concept in education for families and others affected by serious mental illness: Schizophrenia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. The course was written by an experienced family member/mental health professional. It is taught by family members who have completed the course and are specifically trained to teach it to others.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is appropriate for parents, grown siblings and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Individuals who are suffering from one of the major mental illnesses themselves may attend the course if their present condition is stable and they are the primary caregiver of an ill person.
This 12-class course will cover: the biological basis of mental illnesses, emotional responses to mental illness, communication skills, and much more! Visit www.namioc.org or call NAMI-OC at 714-836-4138 for more information and next class start date.
MoKSN (Moms of Kids with Special Needs)
Various events during the year for moms who have children with special needs. Call the Special Needs Ministry office at 714-529-5544, ext. 522 to be added to the mailing list for notification of upcoming events and meetings.
MS Support Group
Second Tuesday of each month | 7:00–9:00pm | North Campus, Room 120
The purpose of this group is for people with MS and their spouse or support person to meet for support, information, fellowship, networking, prayer and fun. We welcome people in our community to join us. Call Connie Hutchinson’s office at 714-529-5544, ext. 522 to be added to the mailing list for notification of upcoming events and meetings.
Same Sex Issues: Family and Friends Group
First Tuesday of each month | 7:00pm | North Campus, Room 130
Finding out a loved one or friend has embraced the homosexual lifestyle can be difficult. Do you need someone to walk with you, listen to your heart’s cry and acquaint you with travelers who have gone before you? Receive hope, comfort and encouragement. Contact Virginia and Philip Olivas at 714-743-9953.
Every fourth Wednesday | 5:00–6:00pm | North Campus, Room 160
A support group for those who have gone through cardiac issues and heart surgeries. Spouses are invited to be part of this unique support group. This group is led by Pastor John Coulombe and his wife, Jacque.
Parkinson’s Support Group
First Monday | 10:00–11:30am | North Campus, Room 192
The purpose of this group is to provide support and encouragement to people with Parkinson’s, their caregivers and their family members. The meeting time will be spent getting to know each other, sharing our problems and challenges, giving out information and networking. Come and join us for a time of camaraderie, learning and support. We realize that this disease makes it hard for some to get around. If you need transportation to be able to participate, please call Chuck (714-635-5488).
The Third Option
Tuesdays (on-going) | 6:30–8:30pm | Maple Elementary School, 244 E. Valencia Drive (corner of Lemon St), Fullerton
The Third Option is a weekly marriage enrichment program that is good for all couples in any stage of relationship—dating, engaged, married, or separated. It offers help and hope to distressed couples and even couples who are considering (or have filed) for divorce. Both spouses don’t have to attend—it will help even if one person wants to work on the relationship. If you could use some help (in the form of learning useful skills) and some hope (in the form of a support group, and by hearing actual couples tell their stories of how they came through tough marital struggles), then we invite you to attend The Third Option!
The class cycles through 14 different relationship topics, one per week. Topics include: Respect, Responsibility and Blame, Expectations, Power Struggles, Listening, Personality Differences, Childhood Issues, Anger, Speaking the Truth in Love, Control Issues, Conflict Resolution, the Hurt Spiral, Forgiveness, and Rebuilding Trust. Each person or couple can begin on any Tuesday night; there is no start or end date. This class is open to all—church attenders, general public, friends, co-workers, neighbors, extended family. Each participant makes a commitment to confidentiality within the group.
There is no charge to attend the first two weeks of the class; after that there is a suggested donation of $10 per person per week. If finances are a concern, please come anyway; no one is ever turned away due to lack of funds. Free childcare is provided. If you have any questions call Don (714-240-4245 for men) or Alexandra (714-240-4046 for women), or go to www.USrelationships.org
Post Abortion Recovery Class
If the experience of abortion has left you with depression, guilt, relational difficulties or a sense of distance from God, we invite you to experience help and healing through our Post Abortion Recovery Class. The recovery class is led by qualified staff from LivingWell Pregnancy Centers with a leadership team comprised of women who have experienced abortion themselves and/or are trained in providing compassionate care for others. This small group setting is confidential and relational. Click here for current class info.
Women Aware & Choosing
This ten-week course focuses on helping women make healthy choices, understand their identity in Christ and improve their relationships. Meets Thursday evenings, 7:00–9:00pm, North Campus, Room 110. Cost: $30 for new registrants, $5 for alumni. Session taught by Sandi Dickerson. Click here for current class info.