Click below for more information on each of our Care Ministries
Grief Support Ministry
Our Grief Recovery Ministry is open minister to members and non-members of First Baptist Church of Keller, who have lost an immediate family member to death. If a bereaved person is finding it hard to process or acclimate to a loss, our ministry is available to help them. If you would like to be a part of the team that comes alongside those in grief, contact Jack Gatewood at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashley Dugger at (916) 284-4441.
Grief Support Class
Wednesdays beginning September 19
7:00 p.m., Room 135
If you are experiencing a recent loss, a difficult bereavement, or simply need a sounding board of others who understand, please feel free to join us. Our Grief Recovery class will begin Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 135 (across from the Worship Center).
First Baptist Church Keller Veterans Ministry
For whom was the Veterans Ministry created?
The Veterans Ministry was created for all military veterans, including active duty and their families. The reality of war is that everyone is wounded. Most heal rapidly, but some wounds last a lifetime inside the heart, soul, and spirit of the veteran. These unseen wounds are often the most difficult to heal for they must heal from the inside out. Whether it is for the older veteran who has lived in the lonely isolation of painful memories for decades, or young warriors just returning from their first horrors of combat, the power of God, the power of God's written Word, and the community of God's people at First Baptist Church Keller can become a powerful spiritual support experience in the veteran's healing process. Frequently, this healing needs to extend to the veteran's family.
What is the Veterans Ministry mission?
The Veterans Ministry will promote the spiritual health and growth of active military, veterans, and their families, addressing their unique experiences by providing biblically-based, doctrinally sound fellowship, encouragement, and resources through the Lord Jesus Christ, who forgives heals, and restores.
What is our vision?
Our goal is outreach to our community for Jesus, one veteran at a time. We aim to assist veterans and their families with a ministry that provides a spiritual haven “where lives connect” with Christ and with other Christians and the FBC Keller community. We will provide resources which address specific needs of veterans – i.e., PTSD healing classes, educational opportunities through veterans’ conferences, and seminars addressing local concerns and issues.
Veterans, especially those recently separated from the military, need a place where they can share their experiences, which they may find troubling. They need a place where they can safely question their faith and gain the strength needed to grow through their military experience and into the person God is calling them to be. They need a close-knit ministry that will provide a listening ear, a place for confession, and a heart of compassion that will become a haven for veterans and their families. FBC Keller can be that place.
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, please call 911.
If you would like to talk with a counselor, please call our church staff at (817) 431-2545.
Suicide Loss Christian Care Ministry
Find support in a group of fellow survivors who grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide. Suicide Loss Christian Care meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Keller for survivors in the north Fort Worth community. This group provides support to family members of persons who have ended their own lives, dealing with common issues and theological questions which time alone cannot heal. Persons may attend at any stage of their grief and may attend as long as desired. There is no charge. Please contact the facilitators, Bob and Sally Anderlitch by calling (817) 431-2545 ext. 114 or emailing SuicideLoss@fbckeller.org for more information. Bob and Sally are survivors, having lost their son in 2009.
Why do we benefit from a Christian Support Group for bereavement?
- We can receive personal warmth and spiritual support at a time when we need it most.
- We can learn about grief and that it is expected and normal.
- We can learn from others experiences and feelings.
- We can share about our tragedy in a safe Christian environment.
- Grieving a suicide can be isolating; a support group connects us with others who grieve a similar loss.
- Through others we can receive prayer support and comfort from the Holy Spirit.
- We can remind each other that through Christ healing can happen.
- We can grow through scripture.
- We can remind each other that God is in control when our lives seem out of control. We can share resources from outside the group that others have found helpful.
How does coping with a suicide death differ from “regular” grief?
- Sometimes there is a feeling of stigma that others will be shocked and judgmental about this kind of death.
- The “why” question seems to be more pronounced: often suicide survivors feel almost compelled to solve the mystery of their loved one’s death.
- There is a feeling if one can only gather enough information, the death will make sense.
- Emotions such as anger and guilt may be more intense.
- Some survivors may experience post-traumatic stress syndrome, especially if he or she had to deal directly with the death. This can involve an intense fear about another traumatic event happening and requires special counseling. The American Psychiatric Association ranks the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide as “catastrophic”- on par with that of a concentration camp experience.
Find Help And Healing For The Hurt Of Separation And Divorce
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Click on the tabs below for more information.
Unless you've been there, it's hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That's why many of your friends and family don't fully understand what you are going through and don't know how best to help you.
At DivorceCare, we do. Groups are led by people who have been through divorce and successfully rebuilt their lives. We understand how you feel because we've been in the same place. We'll show you how to deal with the hurt caused by your separation or divorce.
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most
difficult experiences. You do not have to go through
separation or divorce alone.
We offer two groups a year, one starting in September, the 2nd beginning in January. Both are 13 weeks. The program is nondenominational and features biblical teaching for recovering from divorce or separation. You can learn more at www.divorcecare.org.
DivorceCare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. DivorceCare for Kids is offered at same time. For info on the course, visit www.divorcecare.org.
How Does DivorceCare Work?
Over 13 weeks, DivorceCare participants find help, hope and healing with instruction featuring Christian divorce-recovery experts and the stories of people who’ve healed from separation or divorce.
Participants discuss various topics and share the challenges they’re facing and
the victories they’re experiencing.
Personal Workbook Study
Each DivorceCare participant receives a workbook ($15). with daily Bible study to help them discover what God says about their situation. During group discussion, participants are encouraged to share what they’re learning from their Bible study.
|Session 1 – Sep 06, 2017
What’s Happening to Me?
|Session 8 – Oct 25, 2017
|Session 2 – Sep 13, 2017
The Road to Healing/Finding Help
|Session 9 – Nov 01, 2017
|Session 3 – Sep 20, 2017
Facing My Anger
Session 10 – Nov 08, 2017
|Session 4 – Sep 27, 2017
Facing My Depression
|Session 11 – Nov 15, 2017
|Session 5 – Oct 04, 2017
Facing My Loneliness
|Session 12 – Nov 29, 2017
|Session 6 – Oct 11, 2017
What Does the Owner’s Manual Say?
|Session 13 – Dec 06, 2017
Moving On, Growing Closer to God
|Session 7 – Oct 18, 2017
DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K)
DivorceCare for Kids is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by the separation or divorce of their parents. At our weekly DC4K group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel and the things they are going through because of the divorce of their parents. Best of all, children will learn how God's love can strengthen them and help turn tears to hope and joy!
DC4K is a powerful ministry for kids 5–12 years of age to help them recover from the hurt of divorce. We offer two groups a year, one in September, the 2nd beginning in January. Both are 13 weeks and classes are designed to help children feel comfortable and accepted. They begin to look forward to each time their DC4K "family" gets together. More information can be found at www.dc4k.org.
The Orphan Care Ministry of FBC Keller seeks to encourage, accommodate, and resource the faithful obedience of God’s Word to care for orphans (James 1:27) within our local faith family and in our community at large.
Biblical Mandate — The outworking of one’s true faith in Christ is described in the Bible as fruit. Jesus stated in Matthew 7:16, “you will recognize them by their fruits.” The Bible goes on to give us an understanding of what that fruit really looks like, “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience….” In James 1:27, God gives us another picture of the fruit that comes from true faith when He says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
First Baptist Church Keller is a local faith family that is committed to the Word of God. We want to be obedient to every command of the Scripture as faithful followers of Christ. It is through this firm belief in the authority of the Bible that we are compelled to obedience related to orphan care. We recognize that not every person is called to make a daily commitment to serving orphans in their homes, but know that every person is called to serving orphans. To that end, the Orphan Care Ministry of FBC Keller seeks to assist those within our faith family and our community in orphan care through these three “legs”.
Adoption —We are here to walk through the adoption process with families and whenever a forever family is formed, and the orphan becomes a son or daughter, we offer a lifelong help for these special families.
Foster — Our goal is to encourage, resource, and come alongside those who are interested in fostering as well as support those actively fostering children in their home through information meetings, support groups, networking, and training.
Support — Our goal is to provide prayer, training, knowledge, resources, networking, and other goods - both material and immaterial to families who are in the process of or are currently fostering or adopting. We also provide FAQs and tips on where to get started, as well as practical wisdom from those who have been through it all.
2018 Fall Orphan Care Calendar
"God's Purpose in Parenting"
Begins Wednesday, September 5
6 weeks – Sept. 5, 12, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24)
Foster Families can join us for the Wednesday night meal in the Fellowship Hall for free if at least one parent attends this training class.
Leadership Team Meeting
Sunday, September 9
Orphan Care Team Meeting
Wednesday, October 3
6:00-8:00 p.m., Room 136
Evening of Prayer and Encouragement
Sunday, October 7
5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 245
Foster Parent Night Out
Friday, October 12
TBH Foster Parent Training
on campus at FBC Keller
Orphan Care Testimonial
During Worship Service
Family Christmas Gathering
Saturday, December 15
FBC Keller Gym
Friday, October 12, 2018
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Deadline to register: October 7, 2018
Open to infants through 4th-grade children. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Welcome to Foster Parents’ Night Out at First Baptist Church Keller
First Baptist Church Keller Orphan Care Ministry will host our foster children and engage them in activities, lessons, and fun for the evening of Friday, May 5 allowing their foster parents a night off. The cost of this event is Free!
Foster Parents’ Night Out at First Baptist Church Keller is a faith-based program that provides respite care to foster families. Our church hosts Foster Parents’ Night Out (FPNO) so you can have a night off, while trained volunteers care for your foster, adopted, and biological children.
For Foster Parents
We are providing this opportunity for a scheduled break so you can enjoy time to yourselves while we care for your children. Being a foster parent is a rewarding yet difficult responsibility that requires physical and emotional stamina. FPNO is here so you can enjoy a much-deserved night out while trained volunteers provide your children with fun activities in a safe environment.
We provide children the opportunity to build healthy relationships with others in their community who care for them in a safe, nurturing environment.
Our church volunteers teach children to bond over shared experiences at FPNO, strengthening the Christian communities in which we serve. We want your children to know we value spending time with them.
Our goal is to provide spiritual and emotional support for women in our community affected by the journey through cancer.
Women affected by cancer,their daughters, mothers, sisters and friends
Elements of support
Phone or personal contact upon diagnoses or request
Provide support and prayer; electronic prayer chain
Providing meals to those in treatment
- Group Discussion guided by a facilitator
- Service projects that support the purpose i.e.; specialized card making, stuffing heart pillows for post op. other things that give comfort
- Guest speakers
- Devotional: Scriptures that relate to trials and needs of participants and families.
- Celebration of Milestones
Monthly, 1:30-2:30, First Thursday of each month First Baptist Keller.
Quarterly at another location to be printed in the weekly bulletin