A Christian Church in St. Matthews

THE NEXT JOURNEY GROUPS ENROLLMENT BEGINS

Real Grace for Real Wounds

Journey Groups offer a safe place to talk about our baggage and how we might lighten the load, making it easier to move through life, making more time and space for relationships. Journey Groups is a nine session, small group ministry for people in need of healing from damage and hurt from the past that is lived out in the present. Damage caused by physical, emotional, sexual, mental, religious, or emotional abuse, neglect or other forms of woundedness are real issues crying for sensitivity, compassion and care. Journey Groups are a safe place, led by trained facilitators, who have experienced their own personal pain and found recovery in relationship with God and others. These leaders are trained by S.A.L.T.S. (Survivors of Abuse Leadership Training Seminar) of Open Hearts Ministry, an international ministry based in Kalamazoo, MI. Each session includes thirty minutes of teaching time and ninety minutes of small group sharing. A nine-chapter workbook, used as a guide, introduces a new topic for discussion each week, including: relational styles, anger, disappointment, abandonment, shame, forgiveness and more. If you are wondering why life seems to be so difficult or relationships seem so empty you might want to consider joining us. The days and times are listed below. Contact Pastor Jeff for enrollment information.

Monday, January 18th at 7-9 P.M.: Session 1 Thursday, January 21st at 7-9 P.M.: Session 2 Saturday, January 23rd at 9 A.M.-2:30 P.M.: Sessions 3 & 4 Monday, January 25th at 7-9 P.M.: Session 5 Thursday, January 28th at 7-9 P.M. Session 6 Monday, February 1st at 7-9 P.M.: Session 7 Thursday, February 4th at 7-9 P.M.: Session 8 Saturday, February 6th at 9-11 A.M.: Session 9 Thursday, March 3rd at 7-9 P.M.: Reunion

There will be a men’s group and a women’s group with seven in each group. Enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis. The enrollment deadline is Sunday, January 10, 2016.

A Ministry to Abused and Wounded People

Bethel St PaulThe truth of the matter is that we are all survivors of our past.  We don’t get very far in life before we come across someone who attacks our identity and challenges who we think that we are.  Even with the best of parents, family members, teachers, coaches, and pastors, there are mistakes and those mistakes lead to wounds. Similarly, there are those who have been abused in numerous ways and their stories are painful and very difficult to hear.  The reality is this: “Everyone has been wounded, many are abused.” No one has escaped being wounded, whether it happened in our childhood, adolescence, or even in adulthood.  As recent headlines seem to suggest, the number of abuse victims is also growing as more and more people find the courage to come forward and share their stories.  Statistics may vary, but according to one source, three million cases of child abuse are reported each year in this country, meaning that a report of abuse is made every ten seconds [www.childhelp.org].  Obviously, the problem is far greater than we ever imagined before.

Journey Groups is an intense small group that digs deep into difficult and seldom discussed areas of life.  The groups are designed to be a “safe place” for participants to look at difficult areas of their lives and help discover wounds and trials of all sorts that have impacted how they relate to God and others.  This damage is caused by physical, emotional, sexual, mental, religious, or emotional abuse, neglect or other forms of being wounded are real issues crying for sensitivity, compassion and care. Journey Groups are led by trained facilitators, who have experienced their own personal pain and found recovery in relationship with God and others.  These leaders are trained by S.A.L.T.S. (Survivors of Abuse Leadership Training Seminar) of Open Hearts Ministry, an international ministry based in Kalamazoo, MI.

Journey Groups do not provide professional counseling or therapy.  They are built upon the idea that the Gospel is the power of God to redeem every wound and every pain, and when concerned and compassionate people come together to share and speak into one another’s lives, God changes them as together they take one step at a time forward on their transformational journey with God.

At Bethel-St. Paul, we believe the need is real and we are determined to do everything we can to provide healing.  And yet, please keep in mind that Journey is not an end in itself—it is a beginning.

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Additional information about the program or to enroll in a Journey Group, contact Pastor Jeff Siems at 895-9437 or  jsiems@bethelstpaul.org.