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Support Groups

In the midst of hardship or grief, support groups can be a key way to find comfort, understanding, and hope in the company of others who are on a similar journey.

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    Fertility, Pregnancy, and Infant Loss Support Group

    4th Tuesday, 7 PM, Room 403

    This support group is for anyone experiencing fertility, pregnancy, or child loss, no matter what stage in the journey. Members of the church and the community are welcome to gather for mutual support, prayer, and accompaniment. Further support and resources are available through Second's Care Ministries. This group is facilitated by Rev. Gracie Payne, a member of Second Presbyterian Church’s pastoral staff.

    The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 403. Interested individuals may attend at any time.

    Contact:
    Rev. Gracie Payne
    Director of Young Adult Engagement
    (317) 253-6461
    GPayne@SecondChurch.org

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    Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    3rd Wednesday, 1:30-3 PM, Room 112

    This support group is for caregivers of those affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. Members of the church and the community are welcome to gather for mutual support, accompaniment, and sharing of resources relevant to Alzheimer's and dementia. Further support and resources are available through the Alzheimer's Association and through Second's Care Ministries. 

    This official Alzheimer's Association group is led by Jen Knebel, a member of Second, ordained Presbyterian Elder, and trained Alzheimer's Association group facilitator.

    The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Room 112. Interested individuals may attend at any time. Visit the Alzheimer's Association website for more information.

    To connect with Jen directly or for further information about support available through Second's Care Ministries, please contact Ashley Elskus, coordinator of pastoral care, at (317) 726-5413 or AElskus@SecondChurch.org.

    Contact:
    Ashley Elskus
    Coordinator for Pastoral Care and Funerals
    (317) 726-5413
    AElskus@SecondChurch.org

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    Grief Group (H.U.G.S)

    “Healing Under Grief Support” (HUGS) is specifically for those in our congregation and community who have lost a spouse. This is not a time of counseling or therapy but a time to be companions with others also experiencing the difficult loss of a spouse or soul-mate. The group is led by Marsha Hutchinson, a retired minister from the United Methodist Church, who has been involved with grief groups for most of her ministry.

    This group meets on the first and third Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Room 312. Advanced registration is not required, but please contact Ashley Elskus to receive future group communications.

    Contact:
    Ashley Elskus
    Coordinator for Pastoral Care and Funerals
    (317) 726-5413
    AElskus@SecondChurch.org

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    Parkinson's Support Group

    The Second Presbyterian Parkinson’s group began many years ago, and participants named the group, “Sticks,” because many sticks bundled together are stronger than one! The bundle of companions experiencing Parkinsons, as patients or as caregivers, is key to developing meaningful relationships with others who share the journey. The Sticks group is open to anyone interested in joining a supportive extended family that wants to help normalize life with shared challenges. The group is led by Marsha Hutchinson, a retired minister from the United Methodist Church, who has been involved with support groups for most of her ministry.

    This group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in Room 112.

    Contact:
    Ashley Elskus
    Coordinator for Pastoral Care and Funerals
    (317) 726-5413
    AElskus@SecondChurch.org

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    Welcome Baby Ministry

    If you have recently had a baby or adopted a child, we’d like to help!

    Contact:
    Ann VanMeter
    (317) 253-6461
    avanmeter@secondchurch.org

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    Mindfulness Meditation

    • Monday, 12:15 - 1 p.m., Room 113
    • Thursday, 12:15 - 1 p.m., Room 113

    Need a break from the noise?

    Let's practice BEING STILL: The Spiritual Discipline of Silence. All are welcome, especially beginners. We will discuss, meditate, and ponder.

    "It is wonderful when a particular meditation leads to ecstasy, but it is far more common to be given guidance in dealing with ordinary human problems."
    Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline Mindfulness Meditation

    Questions? Text, call, or email Courtney (Garella) Kern (cell: 563-580-6883, courtgarella@yahoo.com).