Accepting. Caring. Loving.
For those who feel isolated in their suffering and need to know they are not alone in their struggles. For those who feel lonely and need someone to talk with who will understand. Middletown United Methodist Church is here for you.
Our support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. We provide an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or firsthand information about treatments or mental health. Participating in a group provides you with an opportunity to be with people who are likely to have a common purpose and likely to understand one another.
We hope we have a group for you. A group to not feel lonely, isolate or judged but to feel accepted, cared for and loved. If you have any questions about a group, please reach out to our Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Nancy Tinnell.Contact Nancy
12 Step Programs
The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. The program gained enough success in its early years for other addiction support groups to adapt the steps to their own needs. Today there are various programs helping a wide variety of addictions that are centered around the 12 steps.
Although the 12 Steps are heavy on spirituality, many nonreligious people have found the program immensely helpful. The language emphasizes the presence of God as each participant understands him, allowing for different interpretations and religious beliefs.
Tuesdays @ 6:30pm
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to celebrate God’s healing power in our live through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. By working and applying these biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
Celebrate Recovery provides a “Safe Place” for real life change in Jesus Christ. As participants personally work through biblically-based steps in the context of the Christian community, we recognize truth, that we need each other to grow personally and spiritually. This is a place we can fully become who God created us to be.
If you are struggling with addiction and looking for a group to support you – we are here for you. Join our Celebrate Recovery here at Middletown United Methodist Church on Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Connection Center. Can’t make it to a meeting? Check out our Celebrate Recovery podcast.
Tuesdays @ 7pm
Families Anonymous is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. When you come into our rooms you are no longer alone, but among friends who have experienced similar problems. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend our meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem.
Your identity is protected in our meetings. We know each other by our first names, only. Anonymity of our members is paramount to the success of our program. Not only is anonymity an underlying principle of the program, but it is so important that it is part of our name. You have nothing to lose but your pain and anger.
If you are in need of help, join our group here at Middletown United Methodist Church. We are here for you. The meetings take place Tuesdays at 7pm in the Connection Center.
Garegivers Support Group
The responsibilities of caregiving can lead to feelings of isolation and abandonment. Caregivers’ social lives often shrink or disappear. Friends and family want to help, but often don’t know how. And caregivers don’t know where to turn for support and advice. Often, a support group can be a life-saver, allowing caregivers to talk to others who are experiencing the same joys and challenges, and who can not only empathize, but offer valuable insights and suggestions.
In a support group, a person suffering from caregiver stress can benefit from having a space where they can vent and safely voice their frustrations, feel less isolated by hearing stories from others in similar situations, get advice on caregiving strategies, learn new coping methods for stress and relieve stress through the therapeutic power of community.
Grief Support Group
After the loss of a loved one, we experience a wide variety of feelings and emotions. The ever-changing emotions we experience with grief can catch us off guard, causing us to act out of character, or differently than our typical personality and demeanor. We all need a support system to help us as we move through our grief journey. While family and friends are vital, unless they have experienced a close personal loss, they most likely don’t fully “get it.” That is where support groups can become a valuable resource.
Grief support groups offer companionship and understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss, and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings. In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, support groups give you the opportunity to share your story openly and guilt-free. You also have the opportunity to hear the stories of others and talk about coping day-to-day, as well as on the most difficult days of our grief journeys.