Support Groups and Classes
Public Gatherings Limited By Pandemic
During these unusual times, please refer to our COVID-19 page for regular updates.
The following ministries are formed around regular classes, meetings or workshops that are designed to support or inspire. Most are headed by lay leaders.
Care Givers Support Group
WHEN: Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online via Zoom
Led by Gayl Braymer
Caregiving a loved one can be isolating and overwhelming. Our group provides confidential, loving support to those involved in caregiving. We seek to give emotional support and resource suggestions to those in need. More information: Contact Gayl Braymer at [email protected] or 214-906-2170.
Centering Prayer Group
WHEN: Tuesdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Bishop Moore Chapel
Led by Shannon Callewart
Participants meet to engage in Centering Prayer. Come and sit in silence and simply wait on God who remains always with us but is often not sensed nor heard because of our noisy and busy lives. Join us and learn how to rest in God. Enrollment and Questions: [email protected].
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)
WHEN: Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: NOT MEETING AT THIS TIME
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a support group for people recovering from the disease of food addiction. FA is a program based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. Rather, it is a fellowship of men and women who, through shared experience, support each other in recovering from the disease of food addiction. For more information contact The Rev. Greg Pickens, [email protected].
Parish Nurse Ministry
WHEN: 9:30 to 11 a.m., third Sunday of each month except June and July
WHERE: Nurse’s Station, South Entrance
Led by Diane Boyd, RN
The Saint Michael Parish Nurse Ministry is made up of professional Registered Nurses from our parish. Among other services, the Parish Nurses maintain a station in the South Lanai on the third Sunday of each month, taking blood pressures and providing information regarding the focus of health awareness for the month.
Questions: Contact Dianne Boyd, RN, [email protected].
Prayer Ministry Book Study
WHEN: Thursdays, 1-1:50 p.m.
WHERE: Via Zoom
Led by Kimberly Colonnetta
Who is the Holy Spirit? How can we unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives? The Prayer Ministry Book Study will examine these questions by delving into The Rev. Billy Graham’s insightful book, “The Holy Spirit: Activating God’s Power in Your life.” With prayerful reverence and focused wisdom, Dr. Graham puts an understandable face on this mysterious third Person of the Trinity and reminds us that God’s power is available through the Holy Spirit. The book study, facilitated by Kimberly Colonnetta, has begun and will continue into the spring.
Newcomers are still welcome to join! For information, please contact Kimberly Colonnetta.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry
WHEN: First and third Tuesdays of the month, 1 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Drake Room
Led by Byrd Teague
To date, over 2,590 prayer shawls have been knitted and distributed by the Saint Michael Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry, extending the love of our parish to those who are hurting or ill. Each of these shawls is tagged with a label that identifies it as being knit with love at Saint Michael and a healing prayer is added. Each shawl is blessed by the clergy and by the entire congregation prior to distribution. Join us for camaraderie, prayers and the joy of knitting a message of love. Questions: Contact Byrd Teague, [email protected].
Praying Our Goodbyes
WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m., third Wednesday of the month
Led by The Rev. Dr. Hiltrude Nusser-Telfer
Praying our Goodbyes is a mourning and grief support ministry that addresses grief of any kind--such as a death, a job loss, a business, a home, or divorce. Utilizing readings from the book, “Praying Our Goodbyes” by Joyce Rupp, The Rev. Dr. Nusser-Telfer, helps those in attendance examine their grief and recognize it. All are losses that we grieve and we must grieve in order to recognize that loss. The Rev. Dr. Nusser-Telfer tells us “that for humans to shorten or circumvent the grieving process is to invite illness and even severe depression.” RSVP and Questions: [email protected].
Pre-Marriage Counseling Meetings
WHEN: Sundays – January 10, 17, 24, and 31 (at 1 p.m. on Zoom. More future dates listed on the Weddings page)
WHERE: Online via Zoom
Led by The Rev. Greg Pickens and Noralyn Pickens Ph.D.
This series is led by The Rev. Greg Pickens and Noralyn Pickens, Ph.D. and is offered to prepare couples for marriage and their life together.
Women's Cancer Support Group
WHEN: Mondays, 1:45 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Online via Zoom
Led by Sue Patton and Charlie Stobaugh
The Women’s Cancer Support Group is a long-term support system for information, referrals, feedback, and a feeling of safety, shared by other women who have experienced cancer and from those who are in the fight right now. A licensed professional counselor meets with the group weekly. Questions: Sue Patton, [email protected], or Charlie Stobaugh, [email protected].