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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.
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 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.
2017 Spring Orphan Care Calendar
Sunday, February 26: Leadership Team Meeting — 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 26: Evening of Prayer and Encouragement — 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
March: Explore Orphan Care/Video in service
March 30 - April 2: TBH Foster Care Orientation and Training
April 7-8: Empowered to Connect Simulcast Training
May: Foster Care Awareness Month
Friday, May 5: Foster Parent Night Out — 6:30-9:00P
Friday, May 5, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Deadline to Register: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Open to infants through 4th-grade children.
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.
For more information about this ministry, please contact Tony Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 431-2545.
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