What is a Support Group?
Support groups at Vineyard Columbus consist of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional, spiritual, and moral support for one another. While all believers are called upon to come alongside of each other in this way, members of a support group intentionally gather on a regular basis to ensure this happens in their lives in ways that might not naturally occur. These groups are led by trained volunteers who are there to help minister insight, healing, and spiritual growth in difficult seasons or situations. Some groups are time-limited and follow a set curriculum, while others are ongoing and focus on the present needs of the participants.
Support groups are not the same as group therapy sessions. Group therapy is a formal type of mental health treatment that brings together several people with similar conditions under the guidance of a trained mental health provider.
Current Groups Include:
When: Fridays at 6:30 pm
Contact: Dave Kuta, 614-259-5472 or the Celebrate Recovery Team for more information
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, Christ-centered recovery fellowship for those desiring to heal from any addictive, compulsive or destructive behavior — hurts, habits or hang-ups. At Celebrate Recovery you will find a safe place to share pain, struggles, victories, and hope with others focused on Christ-centered recovery. Meetings include a time of worship, teaching, sharing and fellowship. Come experience God’s love and power to transform!
Circle of GraceWhen: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7-9 pm
Contact: email Dave Kuta or call 614.259.5472
Circle of Grace is a discussion group seeking to explore how the church can be a safe place for people with same-sex attraction to explore their relationship with Christ in a loving, biblically-faithful environment. Discussions are focused around books, videos, and other resources. We also seek to be in dialogue with church leadership to this end.
Progress Not Perfection
When: Tuesdays, 7 pm
Contact: Group, Warren or Nadine, or Trent
Progress Not Perfection is an open 12 Step recovery meeting for men and women looking for a safe place to deal with any struggle you are having, or just to learn more about how the 12 Steps work. We are committed to sharing our experience, strength, and hope with each other. Our purpose is to grow spiritually and in our relationship with God. In our discussions we use the Bible, the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions and the Recovery Slogans to help us along our journey. Our desire is to improve the quality of our lives as we apply what we learn from listening to and sharing with each other. Our hope is in the belief that, with God's guidance, we can succeed today in situations where we failed previously. All are welcome to attend, share and converse.
Hearts Restored Nine-Week Recovery Class
Contact: Hearts Restored to register or for more information
The experience of sexual betrayal is traumatic and disorienting. This nine-week class will feature teaching discussion, prayer and testimonies from women who have seen God work powerfully in their lives through their healing journey. We will cover topics that are foundational to God-led recovery including an overview of what true recovery looks like, the effects of trauma, establishing safety, self-care, building a support system, setting boundaries, detaching, accountability, managing triggers, finding hope and planning for the future. The workbook “Journey to Healing and Joy” will be used, and there will be weekly homework assignments. To help facilitate safety and community the class will be closed to new participants after the first session. Registration is required.
Hearts Restored Support Group:
When: Tuesdays from 7-9 pm
Contact: Hearts Restored for more information
The discovery of your husband's sexual betrayal can be a life-shattering experience - it can literally knock you off your feet. We are committed to helping women get back up, regain their footing and by the grace of God learn to walk this journey with him- "right foot, left foot".
Find Your Footing - for those in the early phase of recovery
Walking it Out - for those who are further in their journey
Contact: Meg Kuta for more information
This is a nine-week closed support group offering hope, healing, encouragement, and accountability for women who want to be more hungry for God and less dependent on food (compulsive or emotional eating) or dieting (obsession with weight or exercise) to meet emotional needs. Meetings will include a short teaching, group discussion, and prayer. There is no cost, but space is limited, so preregistration is requested.
Integrity for Women
Contact: Integrity for Women for more information
This group is for women who desire healing for sexual brokenness while finding freedom from addiction, shame and rejection. Pre-registration is required. This group is cyclical and no new participants after the first class.
Loving Someone with Mental Illness
When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-9 pm
Contact: Karen Twinem or call 614.439.8475 for more information
Loving Someone with Mental Illness is a support group for families and friends of people with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, borderline personality disorder, etc.). Each meeting includes a short teaching, plenty of time for discussion, and prayer.
180 - Men's Ministry Group
When: Mondays, 7 pm, Cooper Road Campus
Contact: John Doyel or call 740.649.6050 for more information
180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness find healing through Jesus and his Holy Spirit and grow in a healthy relationship with God our Father. This ongoing ministry is open to all men, meets weekly throughout the year, and emphasizes both the healing power of God AND the personal responsibility of men to do whatever it takes to live a life of purity. The evening includes worship, teaching, small group accountability, mentoring and healing prayer.
One Minded in Christ
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month 7-9 pm, Cooper Rd Campus
Contact: Angela Fontanini or call 614-943-4588
Modeled after Philippians 2:1-2 this is a co-ed support group for those affected with mental health (brain based) issues other than addiction. The meeting format consists of relevant resources or teachings and share and prayer time.
Contact: Gina for more information or to register
Redefining Christ is a closed cyclical support group for people who have been given a false witness as to who Jesus Christ is. We offer spiritual support for men, women, and families breaking free from high control religious organizations. Often, those breaking free don't realize that they can have a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ, so this is our focus. We are not a theological debate group, but rather a support group for those who want to take a stand for Christ having come from a high control group.
No participants may join after the first class has begun, and preregistration is required. Each meeting will include worship and teaching, but the main focus will be on sharing and prayer.
When: Thursdays, 7:30 pm
Contact: Tom for more information
This is a substance (drug/alcohol) abuse recovery group for young men.
When: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Contact: Elizabeth or call 614.397.7764
We are a group of women who have ALL survived multiple tragic events and have come out better and able to help other women do the same. We are outreach and discipleship focused. We study God's Word, have praise, worship and prayer. We share our lives as sisters in Christ.
Still Waters: Peace for Caregivers
When: 1st & 3rd Monday of every month 6:30-8:30 pm, East Campus
Contact: Dixie Vargo or call 614-531-6663
The life of a person caring for a loved one who is old sick dying or in need of continuous regular care is often stressful and sometimes chaotic. We can often feel alone and inept to the task put upon us. We may struggle to find time for God ourselves and meaningful relationships. Come away weary one and find light hope peace and loving companionship. 2nd and 4th Monday of each month will feature an online meeting format for those who may struggle to get away from their caregiving duties.
Learn more about our trained lay counselors and clinically-trained counselors.
Divorce Care for Women
When: Beginning Wednesdays, May 6th, 2020 at 7 pm
Contact: Amy for start time and details, Cooper Road Campus
Cost: $15 for workbook
DivorceCare is a friendly and caring group of women who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. This 13-week support group is for women who are separatedand/or divorced and it can be joined at any time.
Free for Women: Finding Freedom and Healing from Your Past Keep
Beginning: Contact Leader for next group start time, Cooper Rd Campus
Contact/Register: Brenda Bixler
Cost: $15 for materials (The Invisible Bond by Barbara Wilson, required reading prior to the study)
This study provides forgiveness, freedom, healing and hope to those who've been wounded by their sexual past, whether through choices of their own or choices others have forced upon them. Discover the truth about sexual bonding, how it impacts us and can continue to impact our current and future relationships. Learn to reverse the lies we've ingrained and replace them with God's truth.
Unequally Yoked: Healing the Loneliness in your Marriage Update
When: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30 pm, Cooper Rd Campus
Contact: Laurel or 614-886-1749, or Gladys for more details
We are a group of married women who feel alone in our Christian walk with our husbands. Please come and join us as we support one another, pray for our husbands, fellowship, and become Sisters together in our Journey as we walk together with Christ as our ‘First Love’.
Families of Addicted Loved Ones
When: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $10 for workbook
Childcare: $5/child or $10/family each week (for ages 1 to 12; must pre–register)
Contact: Melinda, Alicia, or Larry for details
This group is designed to bring education, hope, support, and prayer to friends and family members of those who are addicted. If someone you love is suffering from any type of addiction, please join us. It’s okay to get the help YOU need while we pray they will receive the help that THEY need!
Learn more about our entire Support for Life Ministry.
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