Support Groups and Classes
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.
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.
Women's Cancer Support Group
WHEN: 1st Monday of each month**, 1:45 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: In the Parlor
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]. **If the 1st Monday of the month is a holiday, the meeting is pushed to the 2nd Monday of the month.
Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry
WHEN: First Tuesdays of the month, 1 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Room 103
Led by Peggy Carr
To date, over 2,710 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 Peggy Carr, [email protected].
8-Week Grief Workshop
Comfort and Hope for the Journey of Grief
WHEN: 6–8 p.m. Wednesdays, September 21–November 9 and February 8–March 29
Led by Regina Hunt of Faith and Grief Ministries
Participate in a supportive community, learn ways to cope, and practice spiritual exercises that bring comfort.
Fall 2022 Workshop: Registration is closed. Spring 2023 Workshop: Register by February 7, 2023
Registration: https://www.faithandgrief.org/smaa/ Questions: Katherine Bowen, [email protected]
Praying Our Goodbyes
WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m., third Wednesday of the month
Led by The Rev. Christian Basel
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. Christian Basel, 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].
GRASP Dallas Chapter
Grief Recovery After Substance Passing
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Meeting on the Second Thursday of the month beginning Thursday, September 8
WHERE: Chapel Conference Room
GRASP was created to offer understanding, compassion, and support for those who have lost someone they love through addiction and overdose. Anyone who has lost a loved one through substance use knows that society treats this loss differently than a death from any other cause. There is no blame. The person struggled with their disease but, ultimately, this disease took their life. Everyone who wants to find a safe place to express their concern, grief and walk toward understanding and grief recovery from the passing of a loved one from substance death, is welcome. For more information: See http://grasphelp.org/ Or contact Paula Calise, [email protected]
Parish Nurse Ministry
WHEN: 9:30 to 11 a.m., third Sunday of each month
WHERE: Nurse’s Station, outside the Parlor
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 outside the Parlor 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].
WHEN: Sundays - Jan 22, 29, Feb 5 and 12, 2023 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Room 103
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.