LIFE SUPPORT GROUP
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
To demonstrate the heart of Christ within the family of Christ by providing hope and support to one another through sharing of life experiences, hardships and frustrations as we also share with each other in fellowship, trust and faith.
Target Audience: Adults, all ages
2nd and 4th Saturdays meal begins at noon, meeting begins at 12:30 (Approx 1 hr)
Food & Fellowship - 30 min
Rules & Expectation Review
Childcare: Can be provided if leaders are notified of the need by Thursday at noon prior to the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.
- All things shared in Life Support Group meetings are to remain confidential
- This is a judgment free zone, only uplifting interactions are allowed
- Anyone found to violate either of these rules will be asked to leave and not return
- In order to respect others, individuals may only publicly share personal stories; public stories involving other individuals (either within or outside of the church) must be adjusted to focus on the impact to the individual while protecting the anonymity of the other person(s) involved.
Expectation: That we get uncomfortable in order to help others and ask for help from others. Ideally, survivors and strugglers will exchange contact information in order to support each other outside of the set meeting times.
Share Time: Designed as time for individuals to share their successes/struggles by speaking to the group, then for someone within the group to "connect" with the speaker by either sharing their own success/struggle or by reaching out at the end of the meeting. It is expected that this time will be short at first and grow as trust and comfort in the "club" grows.
Private option to public sharing: 2 Bins will be made available (one for survivors, one for strugglers), individuals can put their name, need and contact information into the appropriate bin. Leaders will match struggles/successes then give the corresponding cards to the individuals (sometime after the meeting) for the two to be able to connect. It is expected that survivors reach out to strugglers to initiate conversation.
Connection Time: Time allotted after Share Time for individuals with similar experiences to exchange information in order to support each other outside of club meetings.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:4 (NLT)
Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do no fear or be dismayed.
John 16:33 (MSG)
"I've told you all of this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world."
Ephesians 4:29b (NLT)
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.