CARE MINISTRIES

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.

THURSDAY NIGHT 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. 

GriefShare – We are a 13-week grief-recovery support group that meets on Thursdays at 7pm in A100. No reservations needed. Click here for the weekly topics. Click here to get to know the leaders. 

MarriageCare – If you are experiencing difficulty in your marriage, just got married & need good tools, or just need a quick tune-up, we would like to reach out and invite you to be a part of our marriage class. This class is on Thursdays from 7- 9pm in room A110. Click here to get to know the leaders. Marriage Care will start a new 6-week series on Dec 6th, “Jesus at the Center of Our Marriages.” Click here to RSVP.

Freed: Healing Childhood Wounds – Did you or someone you know suffer from childhood trauma? We welcome men and women ages 18+ who are seeking freedom from their past whether it be from physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, or any other form of abuse. This is a 10-week support group created with the goal of having a safe space to process the wounds of your past, and begin to step more fully into the healing Christ provides. Led by Clara Myers, MA. Please email claram@turningpoint.org to join. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

For more information on any of these support groups, contact Kathy Smalley: kathysmalley@arborroad.com

PERSONAL COUNSELING

We have a Care Team comprised of trained lay counselors who offer short-term counseling at $10/session. Counseling consists of 10-15 individual sessions. To request additional information, click here to contact Kathy. To request a counseling appointment, please click here to fill out a Counseling Request 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 Myers, 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.

His Nesting Place – A shelter for women and children which Arbor Road Church supports. Click here for more information on this ministry.

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.

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. Click here for more info. (The special needs currently represented are: autism spectrum disorders, attention deficits, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, birth defects, anxiety disorders, depression, and terminal illness).

UPCOMING EVENTS

GriefShare presents Loss of a Spouse: Sunday, October 7, A100 7-9PM. Click here to register.
GriefShare presents Surviving the Holidays: Thursday, December 13, A100, 7-9PM
DivorceCare presents Surviving the Holidays: Thursday, December 13, A111, 7-9PM
GriefShare Memorial: Sunday, December 9, A112, 6-8PM

PARTNERSHIPS

FosterAll – FosterAll is an expert guide in foster care for faith communities, providing education and support to families interested in fostering.  Every day children of all ages are removed from their homes in your community through no fault of their own.  FosterAll will navigate the foster care system for you and connect you to the appropriate foster family agency that best suites your families needs.  By becoming a foster parent, you can give hope, comfort and love to a child because every child deserves a loving home.  Become a foster parent today.  For more information email us at info@fosterall.org.
Safe Families for Children – www.safe-families.org
Turning Point Counseling – TPC is dedicated to providing therapy with a Biblical approach by integrating prayer, Biblical principles and the Word of God through scripture in our sessions.  Our therapists are professionally educated and trained to provide counseling for a wide variety of issues: marriage/couples, pre-marital, family, parenting, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, addiction, grief, fear, past traumas, and more.  We have a staff of therapists that have a heart for God and desire to bring healing to those in need by providing Tender Help for Tough Problems. To learn more about what we offer, please give us a call at 800-998-6329 or visit our website at www.turningpointcounseling.org.
Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT) – www.ciftcounseling.com. Info provided above.

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.