No one ever claimed that life would be easy. Even Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Where do you turn when life takes an unexpected turn? When life is changing and you wonder how you will survive, you need hope; Living Hope. Romans 15:13: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
God’s Word has the answers to life’s most difficult questions, and His Spirit brings comfort, clarity, and guidance. Living Hope Support Groups are designed to help participants gain personal and spiritual awareness, and to learn how to apply what they have learned. The curriculum is sometimes video-based with interviews of skilled professionals and people who share their experiences, and always includes a take-home book for further reference.
Living Hope Support Groups provide a safe place to come together with others sharing your experience to share stories and struggles. There is something comforting about connecting with people who understand what you are going through because they have traveled a similar journey. (2 Corinthians 1:4) Together, we are united through God’s Spirit to discover biblical answers and direction resulting in hope.
Active Support Groups
INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP
Meets Tuesdays at 6:00pm // Room 107
“If you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
Are you facing what appears to be an immovable situation that you hope God will breakthrough?
Prayer Warriors group meets weekly with intercessors available to pray for your individual requests. The group also prays together over a weekly list of needs from personal to global.
Is God calling you to join us as we battle from our knees until we witness God’s victory? Additional prayer warriors are always welcome.
No registration is required.
Please call Pastor Cheri at 943-1800, x171 for door access information.
NOT CURRENTLY MEETING
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly. open and informal environment. It’s a ten-week course that meets casually around a meal. Essentially, Alpha is a safe place to explore life’s biggest questions with friendly hosts and others searching for answers, too. You are welcome to explore faith at a pace that is comfortable for you. Invite a seeking friend to join you.
Uprooting destructive habits and thought patterns
new classes start Jan. 16, 2024 // Room 217
This series deals with fleshly strongholds or “root issues.” These strongholds are destructive habit structures of thinking. They produce anger, lust, poverty, sickness, manipulation, insecurity, and emotional pain These resulting behaviors can all be exposed at their root source and cut off.
Strongholds are habit structures of thought that exist in the area of our souls. They are so hidden within our souls that they have the ability to influence the thought patterns of our lives. Our childhood wounds and experiences create these ungodly beliefs in us, which lead to the strongholds and incorrect views of God in our lives.
Strongholds have a sick core, or center, like a boil, that sends forth poison in a person twisting thoughts and feelings throughout the soul. This series will help you discover true freedom as you break free from the strongholds that have held you bound.
The ten sessions include:
- Sea of Fear: Freedom From Entanglements
- Characteristics of Strongholds
- House of Pain: Foundations of How A Stronghold is Built Pt 1
- Foundations of How a Stronghold is Built Pt 2
- Principles of Laws of Relationship Pt 1
- Principles of Laws of Relationships Pt 2
- Breaking Free of Bitter Root Expectancies
- Renewing the Mind for Supernatural Breakthroughs
- Principles of Freedom
- Principles of Freedom: Dying to the Process
Registration Fee: $20 // Scholarships available.
Men’s Battle for Purity
new classes start Jan. 16, 2024 // Room 220
Try smarter, not harder.
Let’s face it. You’ve been trying harder and it hasn’t worked. What starts out as a moral problem quickly becomes a brain problem. Often, men who’ve tried to quit have failed because they don’t understand the brain. Understanding the brain is so important in this battle. Men in sexual bondage go through a cycle of triggering, ritual, and acting out. Discover how to renew your mind and break destructive patterns.
Registration Fee: $30 // Scholarships available.
Meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm // Room 212
DivorceCare is a special weekly support group and seminar conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. You will learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.
- Become part of a small support group of people who are also experiencing separation and divorce.
- Meet others who understand what you are feeling and who will be able to offer you encouragement.
- Talk about the information presented during the DivorceCare seminar.
- DivorceCare features 13 dynamic video seminars featuring 32 renowned experts on divorce and recovery.
- Begin attending DivorceCare on any week.
- Each session is “self-contained,” and you can continue through the next cycle to view any of the topics you have not seen.
Registration Fee: $22 // Scholarships available.
Recoverers’ family support
Meets Second and Fourth Thursdays at 7:00pm // K-Chapel (room 118)
Worry. Fear. Pain. You think something might be wrong with your loved one—your son or daughter, your husband or wife, your mom or dad—but you can’t be sure. Can it just be a phase they’re going through, or can it be something worse? Can it even be addiction? Are you looking for a place to find education, inspiration and a community of others that are dealing with the same issues? If so, Hope is Alive Ministries wants to invite you to attend our family support groups, called “Finding Hope.” Each week you will have the opportunity to learn more about addiction, find tools to the help those you love and find hope to help you as you journey down this treacherous road. Don’t miss this opportunity to find the HOPE you’ve been searching for.
Registration: no fees.
Meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm // Room 219
Meets Tuesdays at 10:00Am beginning Jan. 16 // Room 216
GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time.
Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion. 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. During the small group discussion time, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share your own. A GriefShare workbook assists you with note taking, journaling and grief study.
When to Begin
You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.
Registration Fee: $20 // Scholarships available.
Meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm // Room 107
We believe everyone can benefit from a Life Recovery experience. We all have struggles in life, struggles with addictions, food, depression, anxiety and relationships to name a few. This twelve step support group uses the Life Recovery Bible and Workbook to provide a biblical guide through the 12 steps. Take the first steps to transformation: from death to life, from addiction to recovery in the supportive environment of a caring group of like minded companions.
“Although the path of recovery involves hard and sometimes painful work, it is worth the effort. God will meet us on this path as we become willing to take each step toward new life. As we apply ourselves, we lose our old coping mechanism of excessive consumption and experience spiritual growth. Honesty, humility, and courage are components of the vital faith that can allow us to face any circumstance, difficulty, or feeling with grace and strength.” (The Life Recovery Workbook)
Registration Fee: $20 // Scholarships available.
Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction
MEETS Tuesdays at 12:00pm // Zoom only
Need down-to-earth practical advice for losing weight? Is it possible to overcome food cravings and live free and healthy? Once weighing 430 pounds, Teresa Shields Parker tried every magic fix imaginable. After years of searching for the easy fix, she finally made a bold decision. “I faced the fact that I was addicted to processed sugar and flour,” she said. “I literally grieved just thinking about giving them up.” Faced with a death sentence if she didn’t lose weight with God’s help she gave up what she craved and began walking choice by choice into freedom. Sweet Grace chronicles her journey from childhood through adulthood. You are in charge because it is your journey. Sweet Grace will challenge you. It may shock you at times. You may shed a tear. However, one thing is sure, you will never again be able to say you don’t know what to do to become healthy. If you are ready, really ready, to change your life. If you really want to lose weight and live free and healthy, join this Zoom group that meets weekly on Tuesdays from noon to 1:00pm and take this weight loss journey with a group of friends and accountability partners.
Purchase your Sweet Grace book and Sweet Grace Study Guide online.
Take Back Your Life
Right Thinking for Right Living
MEETS Tuesdays at 7:00pm Beginning Jan. 16 // Room TBA
Have you ever looked back on a comment, response, or action you took and asked yourself, ‘Why did I do that?’ Do you feel as if you are losing the battle to control your thoughts? Most likely you’ve tried to change in the past, but your struggles still persist. Pastor Levi Lusko will help you to come to terms with the reality of the battle and show you the weapons that God has given you to engage in the fight. He will guide you through what is an often confusing and disorienting battlefield so you can rise up and accomplish all that God has for you. In the end, you will find it is not enough to just participate in the war—you have to be an active combatant and know the tactics of your enemy. Get back to the life God wants you to have, change your thinking so you can change your living, and become the difference maker God sees when He sees you
Registration Fee: $22 // Participant guide and 40-day interactive journey book with daily readings and journal questions are included with registration.
Transformed from Brokenness to Wholeness
new classes start Jan. 16, 2024 // Room 215
Transformed Season Two powerfully demonstrates the Bible has solutions for our emotional problems. Doctors Johnson and Gifford do not merely teach Biblical counseling; they show Biblical counseling in action.
Meet Christians who struggle with:
- Body image
- Substance abuse
You will see with your own eyes, the Bible is sufficient for all life, godliness, and emotional challenges.
Registration Fee: $15 // Includes study guide.
Victory in the Valley West Cancer Support Group
first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm // K-Chapel (Room 118)
Living with a cancer diagnosis is often one of the most stressful experiences in someone’s life. Coming together with other survivors and supporters helps many people cope with the different aspects of cancer and treatment by providing a safe place to share concerns, learn from one another, and work through the various challenges associated with cancer. No one should have to feel alone on their cancer journey. This group is open to patients and survivors of any type of cancer, and their caregivers/supporters.