Support Groups

Support Groups

RiverLakes Community Church has a number of Support Groups that meet during the week. 

See the list below for more information and details about how to find help. 

Need to contact a Pastor?  Call the church office and get in touch with our Counseling staff. 589.9733 ext. 222

Women of HOPE

Women of HOPE

Women with CancerWomen of HOPE is for women who have received, or have the possibility of, a cancer diagnosis. Get connected with another woman who can offer information and resources, friendship and understanding, knowledge and compassion. We would be honored to support you during this time in life. Please call Carolyn at 661.324.2914 or join us in the Community Center Board Room at 6:30pm for support and prayer.

Coordinator(s)
Carolyn (661.324.2914) and Karen (661.204.4335)

Location
Community Center Board Room

Suriving the Holidays - A DivorceCare Seminar

Suriving the Holidays - A DivorceCare Seminar

Help and Hope as You Navigate the Christmas Season

​​Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated and divorced. 

Join us Sunday, December 4 from 3:00 - 5:00pm in the Community Center Room 122.

No childcare. $7.00 at the door (please have correct cash or make check payable to RCC).

Contact Crosby & Veronica at crozzby@me.com to register and get further information.

You’ll learn:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience
  • How to discover hope for your future

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Weekly Divorce Seminars: DivorceCare is a weekly seminar and support group for men and women who are separated or divorced.  If you are going through the pain of a marriage breakup, find help on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00pm, February 26 – June 11, 2017 (except 4/16, 5/14 & 5/29), in the Community Center, Room 121. Workbook fee is $25.  No childcare. Contact crozzby@me.com to sign up.

DivorceCare for Men & Women

DivorceCare for Men & Women

Weekly Divorce Seminars

Sundays 3:00 - 5:00pm | August 20 - November 12, 2017

Community Center, Room 121

DivorceCare is a weekly seminar and support group for men and women who are separated or divorced. If you are going through the pain of a marriage breakup, find help in a warm, caring environment with people who understand. Learn practical information and find hope for your future!

Workbook fee is $25.  No childcare. Contact Crosby & Veronica at crozzby@me.com to sign up.

Surviving the Holidays is November 19, 2017.

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays

​​Help and hope for men and women going through a marriage breakup while trying to navigate the Christmas season. 

Sunday, November 19

3:00 - 5:00pm | Community Center, Room 121 | $7.00 

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated and divorced. 

You’ll learn:

No childcare. Pay at the door. Please have correct cash or make checks payable to RiverLakes Community Church. Contact Crosby & Veronica at crozzby@me.com to register and get further information.

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience
  • How to discover hope for your future
Passionate Hearts

Passionate Hearts

Hope, Help & Healing for Women

Passionate Hearts Ministry offers a variety of Christ-centered, curriculum-based, highly confidential settings for adult women. 

Were you wounded by childhood sexual abuse? Are you wanting to defeat disordered eating? Do you long for emotional health and wish for heart-connections? Have you wondered how to overcome the bondage of dysfunctional relationships? Come and discover a better understanding of who God created you to be. 

Call Wendy at 661.331.3392 to apply. Space limited. Materials fee only. Childcare by prior arrangement only.


Call by August 22 to request registration in any of the following groups:​

Passionate Hearts: For women wounded by childhood sexual abuse

We provide a safe place for women to tell their stories and to establish responsibility for the abuse where it rightfully belongs. We provide a safe place for them to assess and overcome the wounding caused by abuse so that they can move from being victims to being survivors. We help them explore core beliefs that developed during their abuse and help them gain an understanding of how these beliefs drive their choices and actions. Then we teach them how to replace faulty beliefs with Biblical truth. We give survivors the freedom to wrestle with God and His sovereignty over abuse and help them explore what it means to passionately love God, themselves and others. We help survivors see their story, painful and ugly as it is, as a part of God’s beautiful redemptive story. 

If you were victimized by childhood sexual abuse or rape and want more information about this group leave a message at 661.331.3392.

Courageous Hearts: For women in recovery for all types of eating disorders, both clinical & subclinical

We provide clear definitions of eating disorders and explore the physical damage disorders cause, protective denial systems, root causes and cognitive processes of disorders. We also explore emotional, relational and spiritual damage caused by eating disorders and provide practical tools for overcoming them. Whether you struggle with disordered eating patterns, distorted body image, anorexia, purging or non-purging bulimia and/or compulsive eating, you can benefit from studying this material with us. The group will help you grow in your relationship with God, yourself and others as you courageously face fears concerning food, needs, relationships, life and body image. It will also help remove the shame of having an eating disorder as you learn to depend on God for healing in this area of your life.  

If you struggle with an eating disorder and want more information on this group leave a message at 661.331.3392.       

Feeling Hearts: For women who would like to learn more about the emotions in their lives

God created us to feel a wide array of emotions that give us valuable information about our hearts and our perceptions.  Because of The Fall, we tend to mishandle, misread, repress, suppress, avoid or deny our feelings. This makes us great pretenders and experts at deceit; robbing us of heart connections. If you’ve been taught that emotions are unimportant, inappropriate or shameful, this support group will give you new insights that will free you to experience all the emotions you were created to feel. It will also help you to learn how to live a more authentic life, experience a deeper sense of community (by helping you to form heart connections) and give you a deeper understanding of the Creator who created you in His image. 

If you would like to learn more about how emotions affect the way you live and want information on this group leave a message at 661.331.3392.   

Invisible Hearts: For women recovering from multiple past issues

This group will address most all areas of abusive challenges including verbal, neglect, physical, spiritual, and growing up in a home with mental illness issues. We will discuss the impact of shame, powerlessness, cognitive distortion, and the core beliefs that form in abusive relationships. Learn to verbalize your pain, stories, and questions in a safe place where Gods’ love and sovereignty for the wounded is explored. Gain skills to reduce the impact of abuse on your relationships with the Lord and others. Become empowered to relate in healthier ways and love as Jesus loves. 

If you were a victim of emotional abuse and want to understand its impact and work toward healing, leave your message requesting more information at 661.331.3392.

Loving Hearts: For women who desire to understand and overcome dysfunctional relationships

This group will explore the faces of dysfunction by covering topics such as: living with a distorted sense of reality, a distorted sense of responsibility, control issues, chronic loneliness, codependency and unresolved woundedness. We will also look at the roots of dysfunction by exploring topics like starving for love, living in the shadow of addictions, abuse and families bound by legalism and shame. We will learn how to overcome dysfunctional relationships by understanding our call to love and the heart issues which hinder that call. We will also talk about the art of building mutual relationships, loving in the face of difficult circumstances and what it means to understand the love of God and live loved. 

If you desire healthier and more meaningful relationships this group would be beneficial for you. For more information leave a message at 661.331.3392.     

​Not Alone:  L.I.F.E. for Women

​Not Alone:  L.I.F.E. for Women

Not Alone:  L.I.F.E. for Women Affected by their Mate’s Sexual Brokeness. Confidential support and encouragement. Whether your mate is involved in pornography, physical or emotional adultery, or other forms of sexual acting out, this Christ-centered group incorporates spiritual discipline, accountability and prayer for those enduring sexual infidelity. You need not suffer alone. Join other women who also want to Live IFreedom Everyday. Call Diane at 204.2499 for further information.  Childcare available by previous arrangement only.  Materials fee. Start anytime Sept – May. 

Sexual Addiction Exposed: For Men Only

Sexual Addiction Exposed: For Men Only

Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00pm

Expose the darkness, pursue healing and embrace grace.  Develop tools to prevent lapse and relapse. Pure Desire curriculum confronts sexual bondage, associated struggles and family system issues.   Learn to live and love in the light of Christ. 

Call Gilbert at 661.319.3910 for location and further information.  No childcare available.  Can start anytime.

Betrayal & Beyond: Meetings for Wives

Betrayal & Beyond: Meetings for Wives

Betrayal & BeyondSupport Group For Wives of men struggling with sexual addiction. Join other ladies in similar circumstances to confidentially address sexual bondage and betrayal. Apply Pure Desire curriculum in learning to pursue healing, embrace grace and explore change. No childcare. Materials fee only. New groups start periodically. 

Call Margit at 661.333.4644 to sign up and obtain further information.

Ladies Battling Cancer

Ladies Battling Cancer

Women with CancerWomen of HOPE is for women who have received, or have the possibility of, a cancer diagnosis. Get connected with another woman for information and resources, friendship and understanding, knowledge and compassion. We would be honored to support you during this time in life to offer  Hope, Opportunity, Prayer, & Encouragement.  Please call Carolyn at 324.2914.

GriefShare

GriefShare

Grief Recovery

Sundays at 5:00pm | January 21 - April 29, 2018 | West Portable

GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for men and women grieving the death of someone close to them. It’s a place to be around people who understand what you are feeling. Work through your grief and renew your hope as we journey from mourning unto joy.

To register and get more info, email George & Donna at georgebuell1975@gmail.com or call the church office at 661.589.9733 x222.  $25 for materials. Surviving the Holidays is 10/8/17. 

An evening Remembrance Service is offered December 3, 2017.

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Sunday, October 8 

3:00 - 5:00pm | West Portable | $7.00

Avoid being blindsided. In the wake of grief and loss, get focused help to face new struggles during Thanksgiving and Christmastime.

The holidays can be confusing and you may feel isolated with many questions about things you’ve never faced before. It’s a time when difficult emotions hit even harder. You CAN be more prepared and more intentional, and gain wisdom and insight while still dealing with the heartache and sorrow of your loss. Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving the death a spouse, child, family member, or friend.

To sign up, email George & Donna at georgebuell1975@gmail.com or call the church office at 661.589.9733 x222.  A Remembrance Service will also be offered on December 3.

No childcare. Pay at the door. Please have correct cash or make checks payable to RiverLakes Community Church.