Our Care Ministries exist to come alongside you and your loved ones during difficult times. Below you will find a number of groups that meet throughout the week to provide Biblical support, encouragement, and wisdom.
RECOMMENDED READING LIST
Groups are a great way to connect with others who are going through the same season of life you are in. But, in-between meetings can be difficult, so we have provided a list of recommended books from authors we trust. They offer words of encouragement from personal life stories, biblical insight and knowledge, and can be a resource of continued healing and growth on your own time.
WEEKLY SUPPORT GROUPS
CareShare – We are a support group for caregivers of loved ones with long-term illness of any kind – cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, chronic pain, blindness, etc. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 7-8:30pm in the Prayer Room. Click here to get to know the leaders. Click here to take a look at our resource booklet for helpful devotionals & testimonies.
DivorceCare – We are a 13-week divorce-recovery support group for anyone facing divorce or separated, that meets on Thursdays at 7pm in A111. No reservations needed. Click here to get to know the leaders. Click here for the weekly topics.
How We Love couples’ class – This 10-week class will explore the core dynamics between a couple and give practical ways to learn a new ‘dance’ between them. Based off of Milan and Kay Yerkovich’s book How We Love, couples will have opportunities to engage with one another that promotes healing, understanding, deeper bonding and trust, in order to have a more secure attachment to one another. Class starts on Thursday, September 5 from 7-8:30 in room A110. Please RSVP here. No class on Halloween or Thanksgiving. Free childcare available. Please email Matt Swaney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions.
Women Raising Children with Special Needs -We provide dinner and childcare free of charge for mothers who are raising a child with special needs. We meet on the first Sunday of each month at 5pm in A111 to support each other, fellowship, and pray. Contact Vivian Miller at 562-972-2106 for more information. Click here to sign-up. (The special needs currently represented are: autism spectrum disorders, attention deficits, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, birth defects, anxiety disorders, depression, and terminal illness).
For more information on any of these support groups, contact Kathy Smalley: email@example.com
We have a Care Team comprised of trained volunteer lay counselors who offer short-term pastoral counseling at $10/session for 15 weekly sessions. These are not licensed mental health professionals, but offer restorative, integrative Christian counseling. Currently our counseling hours are on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 4:00. To request a counseling appointment please click here to fill out a Counseling Inquiry Form. Our Care Team does not counsel anyone under the age of 18.
Arbor Road has partnered with Turning Point Counseling in order to meet our church’s counseling needs. Our on-site therapist is Clara Tedjakesuma, MA, MFT Associate. Clara utilizes our office space at Arbor Road to make it easier on you! In order to contact her, please call Turning Point Counseling at 1-800-998-6329. Check out her bio here. Check out their website here. Click here for a short video explaining our partnership with Turning Point.
Arbor Road has partnered with Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT) in order to meet our church’s counseling needs. CIFT has five nearby office locations, one as close as Los Alamitos! Their vision is to provide integrated, Christ-centered counseling to anyone in need – families, individuals, couples, children, etc. Please call 714-558-9266 or visit www.ciftcounseling.com in order to set up a session with a therapist.
WEEKLY CARE MINISTRIES
Breakfast – We provide breakfast on Sundays from 8:30am-9am for families. It’s only $5 per family and the first time is free.
First Response – We offer help for those in our community, as well as for our church family, who experience hospitalization, the death of a loved one, trauma or crisis. Contact Marian in the church office for more info 562-420-1471.
Helping Hands – A ministry serving single parents, widows, and the elderly by helping with errands or needs around the home. If you know someone who would benefit from this ministry, or if you are interested in being a helping hand, please click here.
Serving Our Shut Ins / Infermed – A ministry to encourage those who feel unloved, neglected, helpless, or are struggling with illness. Volunteers commit to a monthly visit, send cards and make phone calls. Record your visitations here.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Care Internships – Our Care Ministries at Arbor Road seek to bring healing and wholeness to people’s lives through an integrative Christian approach. Internships are 6 months long, where you will gain in-depth understanding of how to care for those who are hurting. If you are interested in an internship in Care & Counseling Ministries, click below to be taken to our internships page.
The Care Ministries at Arbor Road are always looking for friendly volunteers seeking to serve. Interested in serving on our Prayer Team, one of our support groups, or in some other area of care? Fill out our form and a leader from our Care Ministries will be in touch with you shortly.