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Find others with whom to walk through difficult chapters in life or circumstances.

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Do you need support, encouragement, or accountability? First Pres offers support groups and classes on a variety of topics. Many groups have come together as a result of one individual voicing a need; we welcome your contact about the desire for support in a specific area.

Christian Parents of Children Who Identify as LGBT
Join us in a safe and confidential support group for parents and family members who are navigating this journey. Lean in for support and prayer for our kids and each other. Remembering that God loves our children even more than we do, this monthly parent-led group is a place of mutual caring rather than advocacy or debate.

Dates: 1st Wednesdays
Time: 7:30–9 pm
Cost: None
More Information: Contact Berkeley Christian Counselors at (510) 548-5858 or info@berkeleychristiancounselors.org.

Women over 60
Berkeley Christian Counselors sponsors this group for women over 60 to meet and discuss possibilities and issues in the third chapter of life. We meet one Saturday each month to read, share, process, and munch. The group is beginning a new book, Like Trees Walking, by Jane Sigloh. Attendance is on a drop-in basis, so come whenever you are able.

Dates: Second Saturdays
Time: 10 am–12 pm
Location: Church Lounge, Westminster Hall
More Information: Contact Berkeley Christian Counselors at (510) 548-5858 or info@berkeleychristiancounselors.org.

Divorce Recovery Course
The pain of separation and divorce can feel unbearable and isolating. The Divorce Recovery Course openly acknowledges this pain and offers the hope of healing that is uniquely found in the Christian community through the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the encouragement of others. This course is open to anyone who has ended or is in the process of ending a long-term relationship/marriage. Each session includes presentations and personal stories given by experienced facilitators, and the Divorce Recovery Leadership Team, followed by time in small groups for processing and prayer. Not currently meeting.

For more information: Contact Kay Wolff at (510)847-2839 or drm@fpcberkeley.org.

Widows/Widowers Support Group
Have you (or has someone you know) experienced the death of a spouse recently or within the last few years? Sharing our experiences during this ten-week class is extremely helpful to our healing process. Find hope, support, and successful ways to process this significant life event. This course is open to all widows and widowers.

Dates: Sundays, September 15–November 17, 2019, 1–3:30 pm
Cost: $15 for materials
More Information: Once the course begins, it is closed to additional registrants. Please contact Merrilee Mitchell at (510) 482-5296 or merrileehm@sbcglobal.net for future dates.

Recurring Groups and Classes

These recurring groups and classes are closed to new enrollment or not currently being offered. Please inquire for more information by contacting info@berkeleychristiancounselors.org.

Coping Skills for Grief & Loss: A Weekly Support Group
Grief may originate from a variety of losses: the loss of a job, death of a loved one, a relocation, or a change in health. For some, such losses may hit especially hard during the holidays. There is help for those mired in grief. This weekly group will help participants learn techniques for coping with feelings associated with grief and loss.

Caregivers Support Group
This group is for those caring for family members or friends. Gather with other caregivers to give and receive support and encouragement.

Control Your Anger, Manage Your Life
Does your anger easily get the better of you? Do you have frequent angry outbursts? Does your anger cause you problems at work? This psycho-education and support group will help you explore ways to control your anger. Participants will learn and practice skills to better regulate their stress and anger as well as communication skills to strengthen relationships with others.

Support in Understanding Stress
Feel tense, anxious, or on edge? Overwhelmed with worries or repetitive thinking? Afraid of losing control? Do you have a family member or friend struggling with stress? This weekly support group will help you manage thoughts, feelings, and actions.


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