“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal. 6:2
We strive to meet individual needs through relationships with others in Life Groups and various ministries and events. When additional care is required, the Care and Support Teams can address unique life circumstances.
We offer the following care ministries:
Woodlands Support Teams
The Care Team is a group of Woodlands Church members and regular attendees whose primary purpose is to lift up in prayer the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the church family. The team includes representatives from the pastoral staff and members of the congregation who adhere to a strict confidentiality code. The team gathers weekly to review prayer requests, pray together as a team and consider ways to encourage those in our church with various needs and concerns. If you have a current prayer request that you wish to convey, you may submit your request online.
The Care Team also explores other ways in which care needs can be made known, as well as other resources that might be useful in helping those in our church family. Recommendations about how to improve communication of needs as well as additional helping resources are welcome.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The Encouragement Team sends cards of encouragement in response to prayer requests, medical issues, to those in nursing homes, to Woodlands pastors and staff, to those who have suffered a loss, and in appreciation of service.
If you know of someone within Woodlands who could use an encouraging note or you would like to learn about joining our team please email Laura Woods.
Our Visitation Team is a group of men and women who encourage people by visiting them in their homes. Once a month, we visit those who are homebound, recovering from illness and need someone to keep them company, or anyone who is lonely and desiring connection.
If you know of someone within Woodlands who could benefit from visitation or you would like to learn about joining our team please email Laura Woods.
The Woodlands Care Responders are trained volunteers who listen, encourage, pray with and point care receivers to resources within our church and community. Serving as the first point of contact, they provide a personal, compassionate, and safe response to requests for support or help. If appropriate, Care Responders will follow-up over the next year with the person with whom they worked. Each Care Responder is on call one week at a time on a rotating basis. Ongoing training and support is provided monthly.
Mondays 6 -8 pm
*This class is currently full. Check back for a future class.
FIND HELP, DISCOVER HOPE, EXPERIENCE HEALING
A warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you’re going through. This group of people meets weekly to help you heal from the hurt of separation and divorce. Hear from nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include: “Deep Hurt”, “Road to Recovery”, “Grief & Depression”, “Loneliness”, “Fears & Anxiety”, “Conflict”, “Forgiveness” and others.
To learn more about DivorceCare, visit their website, www.divorcecare.org.
A $20 contribution for materials is suggested.
Stephen Ministry offers lay Christian care to hurting individuals in our congregation and community. This ministry reflects the true nature of the church, by obeying Christ’s command to “love one another”. Our desire is to help you experience God’s love and care as we walk with you through a difficult time. The core purpose of this ministry is summed up in the words of Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).
Are you in need of care? Learn more about how you can receive care here.
When we have emotional needs, we can usually lean on family members, friends, or members of our Life Group. Occasionally, however, problems can become more complicated and difficult and we may need the help of a professional. If that time comes, Woodlands Church has Christian counselors who are members of our church family and are ready to help.
Foster Friends creates Care Communities to surround each foster family at our church with a meal once a week, childcare and prayer. This tangible support helps the family to foster longer and avoid burnout.
We are looking for people who would be willing to provide a meal or childcare one time per month to help alleviate a little of the burden foster families face. When their load is lightened they can focus more time on their children and marriage and can foster longer.
Here are some of the roles in the Care Communities:
Are you a foster family who needs support?
Sign up for a Care Community by clicking on the button below:
Men’s & Women’s Healing Groups
WOMEN’S UNRAVELED GROUP
Tuesdays @ 8 – 10 AM
This weekly confidential small group is designed for women who struggle with any unwanted sexual behaviors.
Through the use of weekly exercises, strategic tools, and a self-care focus, we learn how to unravel the messiness of our struggle in order to experience lifelong healing from a greater understanding of who God is and who He created us to be.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tanya Thomac.
MEN’S COMPASS GROUP
Thursdays @ 6:30 PM
This group meets every week at Woodlands. The purpose of this group is to encourage one another to follow God’s standard for sexual purity. We do this by reminding one another of the Bible’s teaching on healthy sexuality. As a supportive team of brothers we are there to hold one another accountable and provide a safe, confidential place to share. Please contact Pastor David Hansen for more information or sign up below.
BETRAYAL & BEYOND
Tuesdays @ 6:00 PM
“How did he get this way? How can I tell if he is getting better? Can I ever trust him again? Was it my fault? What do I do now?”
When a wife has been hurt by her husband’s sexual sin, finding answers to these questions is crucial in moving forward. The Betrayal and Beyond small group is a safe space for women to find healing by understanding the role of trauma, establishing healthy boundaries, exploring the depth of forgiveness, and learning to live in restoration.
HEALING THE WOUNDS OF TRAUMA
Mondays 6-8 PM
October 25 – December 6
A 6-week small group led by facilitators who are trained in Bible-based trauma healing. Together, we will make a safe space for group members to:
• Discover what the Bible says about suffering
• Learn about trauma and its effects
This class will help you move from joblessness to finding fulfilling employment!
What is Jobs for Life?
- Jobs for Life is an 8-week/16 session curriculum that teaches jobs skills and character traits that are necessary for gaining and maintaining meaningful employment.
- The Jobs for Life certificate of graduation has recognized value to local employers.