GriefShare coming in January

A GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 12-week group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with grief, in all its unpredictability—and gain solid support each step of the way.

The group at Two Rivers Church will be led by a team that is combined laity and clergy. It will meet on Monday evenings, starting January 15. It is open to all – you do not need to be a member of Two Rivers Church to participate. There is a $10 registration fee, which helps cover the cost of the GriefShare workbook. Each session will include a video presentation, group discussion, and each week people will be invited to reflections in their workbook.

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Grief Recovery Group

Grief Share healing and recovery group informational meeting March 26.

GriefShare is a 13 week program designed to help bring healing to those who have lost a loved one. Grief has no set time frame. You can be a part of the group if your loved one died recently or years ago. On March 26, there will be an informational gathering at Two Rivers Church to learn more.

GriefShare groups meet Sundays at 3 p.m. in the parlor of Two Rivers United Methodist Church. The parlor is upstairs, and provides a comfortable setting to talk, watch a video, and share some refreshments. The purpose of the meetings are to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

 

Video seminar with experts

Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.

Support group discussion with focus

After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Personal study and reflection

During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.

The GriefShare program is based on the Bible, and takes a Christian approach to healing. The group will be facilitated by Pastor Robb McCoy. If you are interested in becoming a part of the GriefShare group that will launch on March 26, please fill out the form below. A suggested donation of $20 for the 13-week program helps pay for the workbook and refreshments that are included in each meeting.

Blue Christmas

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Christmas is a season of good cheer, but for some it can mean a time of sharpened pain. Christmas can bring anxiety, stress, and deeper sense of loss. The Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. is a chance a time to speak this truth about Christmas. It is okay to be hurting at Christmas. This doesn’t mean you are less faithful. It doesn’t meant that there is something wrong with you. It doesn’t mean that you are a “Scrooge.” It just means that you are human.

The Blue Christmas service will be a short time of quiet reflection, prayer, and contemplation. There will be a song of lamentation – or complaint. There will be a time of quiet prayer. There will be a chance to speak publicly to the pain of the season – but this is certainly not required. There will also be a short ritual of transformation and an invitation to Christ’s table. Click below to see Pastor Robb on Paula Sands Live.

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Blue Christmas


Blue ChristmasThe Blue Christmas service will be at 4:00 p.m. on December 22. This service is designed for those who are grieving. Grief takes many forms, and can be caused by many things. Grief can make it difficult to sing “Joy to the World,” for grief can drain the joy from our hearts.

The Blue Christmas service is a chance to name the grief, not to dwell in it. It is a chance for those who are hurting to know that they are not alone. Christmas is a time for joy, but the only path to true joy lies through authentically naming the fear, worry, and doubt that clouds our vision of Christ.

This service will include music, silence, a brief ritual, and Communion. It will end at sunset of the longest night of the year. Read a reflection written by our Pastor Robb on his blog.

Two Rivers Church is at 1820 5th Avenue in Rock Island. For more information, call the church office at 309-788-9384