Care and Support

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous groups meet regularly at Alpharetta Methodist. AA is a good and honest place to begin dealing with the role alcohol plays in your life. All groups meet at the Vaughan House, located on Cumming Street near the church parking lot.

 

Meetings schedule:

  • Men and women: Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m.
  • Women only:
    • Saturdays, 10 a.m.
    • Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, 4 p.m.

 

Learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous.

For more information about AA meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel (770-475-5576).

New class TBA

It’s hard to know how to help someone who is going through a divorce. It takes a long time and a lot of work to heal the pain that comes with the breakup of a marriage. DivorceCare is a weekly support group for people who are separated or divorced.

Cost for materials: $20

Childcare is available by contacting Nursery Directory Helena Manning.

Learn more about DivorceCare and other classes offered in the area.

To learn more about DivorceCare meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Adult Discipleship Coordinator Tammy Allison (770-475-5576).

Mondays, Sept. 16-Dec. 9
6:45-8:30 p.m.

If you’ve lost someone close to you, years ago or just recently, we have a place for you to find support. GriefShare is a special weekly support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life, and you’ll connect with others who understand and care about what you are going through.

Learn more about GriefShare and other class offerings in the area.

To learn more about GriefShare meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Rev. Terri Henkel (770-475-5576).

Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.
Room 312

Nar-Anon is a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a 12-step self-help program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength and hope.

Nar-Anon is an open meeting; all are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Beth (678-448-2546) or Karen (404-403-7958).

Fridays, 7:30-9 p.m.

A Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs has been a major problem. The group consist of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

NA meets at the Vaughan House, located on Cumming Street near the church parking lot.

Learn more about Narcotics Anonymous.

For more information about NA meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Tim Deitrich.

1st Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1979, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans and their families living with mental illnesses. This organization provides education and support to combat stigma, to support increased funding for research, and to advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation and jobs for people with mental illness.

NAMI Northside holds the monthly small group gatherings at Alpharetta Methodist for sharing experiences, exchanging information and support.

Mental illnesses addressed by NAMI include:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis and Integrated Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Major Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Suicide
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

Congregational Care Ministries

These ministries offer encouragement, practical support and prayer for people in need. We have a network of people dedicated to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical and relational needs of our congregation and community.

Handmade angels can be a powerful tool to help remind people in need that God loves them and is with them in times of need. Angels are available just outside the Sanctuary balcony entrance. Please feel free to pick one up and share it with someone who is in need. Learn more about the Angel Ministry, contact John or Sherri Tanner.

Handmade blankets are created by volunteers for those in need of comfort. A label stitched on each blanket describes how it was crafted with love and that prayers are being lifted for whoever is wrapped in the blanket. Want to give a blanket to someone who is ill or going through difficult times? Look for baskets of blankets located throughout the church.

 

Help Make Blankets

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. or 6:45 p.m.
Vaughan House

For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Sokowoski.

CareNotes are written for people dealing with intensely emotional situations who are looking for concise, easy-to-read guidance and support. The booklets offer strength, help and healing for those who are hurting.

Care Teams provide food for those in need. This ministry was created to help feed those within our church community who do not have a small group already doing so. If you or someone you know is suffering with illness or loss and there is not a small group providing food, please contact Ellen Shadeed.

Each semester during final exams, Alpharetta Methodist sends care packages to college students who are members of the church to offer encouragement and support.

To participate in this ministry by helping to collect donations or mail packages, or to sign up your college student, please contact Catherine Dozier.

When flowers from the altar or narthex or a wedding are designated for shut-ins, volunteers make smaller arrangements and take them to area hospitals, nursing homes, and personal care facilities. They also deliver the arrangements to homebound members of our church.

Volunteers meet on Sundays following the 11 a.m. worship services. To volunteer, contact Suzanne Wagner (678-480-2041).

To reserve a Sunday to place flowers for the altar, contact June Carringer (404-449-1759).

The Funeral Guild is a group of volunteers who support families experiencing a loss by arranging a place to gather for fellowship after a funeral service. Members of the Funeral Guild set out food dropped off by friends or provide light refreshments. They work with families to display photos and memorabilia in the narthex and at the reception. The Funeral Guild’s objective is to lovingly help people on one of their most difficult days. To learn more or volunteer, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

HEROES Care is an affiliation of program partners working together to provide support to military families in the communities where they live. HEROES Care combines the power of national organizations dedicated to providing emergency financial aid, employment opportunities and mental health care services through a network of specially trained care givers before, during and after deployment. To learn more about HEROES Care at Alpharetta Methodist or to volunteer, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

Volunteers visit assisted living facilities, hospitals or private homes to serve as a loving presence and show God’s love to people in need of company and care. For information, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

The LIFT-Full Ministry provides transportation on the church buses for residents of area assisted living communities. For information, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

Prayer beads can offer structure, a path, a safe place even, for prayer by helping you maintain your focus on prayer. Volunteers create prayer beads, which are free. The beads will be available in our new Prayer Chapel once it is complete.

 

The Ride Ministry helps members of the church family who are in need of assistance with transportation. For information, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one caring ministry to help people who are experiencing a crisis or challenge such as divorce, grief, loss of job, hospitalization, relocation or loneliness. Alpharetta Methodist’s Stephen Ministry is a critical part of the church’s pastoral care ministry.

The Stephen Ministers are church members who have gone through 50 hours of training so they are equipped to provide high-quality, confidential Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

When Stephen Ministers are assigned a care receiver, they call that person and begin meeting with him or her for about an hour every week. This caring relationship lasts for as long as the care receiver needs it. Everything the care receivers say to their Stephen Minister is kept confidential. Stephen Ministers don’t try to solve problems; rather, they listen, care, pray for and help the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.

Learn more about Stephen Ministry.

 

Do you need a Stephen Minister?

If you’re struggling through a difficult time in life — experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis — and wish to be matched with a care giver, please contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel (770-475-5576).

 

Are you called to be a Stephen Minister?

If you have a gift for listening and caring, please consider serving as a Stephen Minister. Learn more here.

Our prayer ministry exists to glorify God; to promote personal, local church and community prayer; and to equip believers to enrich their relationship with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We have numerous ways in which we pray for our church family and friends.

Learn more about the Prayer Ministry.

Submit a prayer request.