Care network at the annapolis campus

There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties such as the loss of a loved one, a serious illness, divorce, job loss, discouragement, spiritual crisis, loneliness, parenting difficulties and many other challenges. God never intended that we go through these experiences alone. That is why God has brought us together at Bay Area Community Church and why this Care Network was begun.

The Care Network is a free and confidential Christ-centered ministry that assists those seeking help by serving as a bridge to hope and healing through a variety of resources. We offer appropriate referrals and resources such as a Care Coach, a Missional Community group, Financial assistance, Celebrate Recovery, Christian Counselors, or an agency or program in the community.

Perhaps one of these resources below is exactly what you are looking for. Simply call our direct and confidential line listed below or respond by email. I’d love to set up a time to get together and talk.


Leanne Lane
Care Network Leader
443.837.3718 (confidential direct line)

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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CARE NETWORK EVENTS


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Marriage Ministry

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Care Coaches

We believe that marriage is a God-designed commitment that reflects our own relationship with God as Father, Son and Spirit. Marriage is our “training ground” for relationship with God, filled with joys and sorrows, successes and failures, celebrations and grief, sickness and health. Marriage is an intimate spiritual and physical journey both through and for life.

Our Premarital Ministry focuses on helping couples prepare for and grow a marriage relationship. Engaged and pre-engaged couples are assigned a marriage mentor couple to walk beside them and offer resources for the life ahead. Newly married couples can also benefit by learning important foundations to strengthen their commitment. And all couples explore the fundamentals of God’s design for marriage.

Every couple needs to take “next steps” in building a healthy relationship. In this part of our ministry we help couples understand more about what God teaches about marriage, arrange their lives to make time for each other, learn practical skills for communication, navigate the rough spots, learn what loving means to each other and generally enrich their relationship. This is all accomplished through participation in Learning Community groups, work with marriage mentors, seminars and marriage enrichment events. Cost is $75.

Care Coaches are spiritually mature members of our church family, many of whom have experienced and overcome difficulties in their own lives and who receive ongoing training for this volunteer position. Because of God’s grace and the love of people who have helped them heal, they feel called to serve others with the Christ-like care that they received in their time of need. 

Care Coaches are not state-certified licensed, professional counselors; they are not psychotherapists, psychologists or psychiatrists. For more information email leanne.lane@bayareacc.org


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Most churches do a wonderful job of caring for grieving people in the immediate days surrounding a death and funeral. Meals are provided, a service is conducted, and cards or flowers are sent. Typically, a pastor or church leader is directly involved with those who have lost a loved one before and immediately after the funeral. But the griever needs more.

A few days after the funeral, most of the people surrounding the griever return to their daily routines. Yet the griever needs ongoing support and encouragement.

That is the reason for GriefShare Support Groups. These support groups are lay-led by trained individuals who have often received the benefits and encouragement of participating in a GriefShare group before.

For more information, email leanne.lane@bayareacc.org.

Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you can feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before.

DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. You don’t have to go through it alone.

DivorceCare is facilitated by trained individuals who have experienced separation and divorce and participated in a DivorceCare Support Group.

For more information about these groups and to find out when the next 13-week session will begin, email leanne.lane@bayareacc.org.


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Benevolence

The primary role of a deacon is to relieve the elders of tasks that would distract them from their responsibilities of prayer and ministry of the Word. The Bay Area diaconate is therefore a ministry of service with a core function of ensuring that the needy, poor, sick and suffering of our church are cared for in a thoroughly Christian manner. Consequently, the diaconate directly oversees Bay Area’s benevolence fund.

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Financial Ministry

The purpose of the financial coaching ministry is to help individuals and families become more godly managers of the resources that God has entrusted to them. We provide one-on-one counseling at no cost to Ministry Partners who feel they would benefit from an objective review of their finances from a Biblical perspective. Services are usually coordinated through the deacons and/or Care Network. We also host classes on Biblical financial management that are offered by ministries such as Financial Peace University, Crown and Good Sense.

For more information email neal.schaefer@verizon.net.


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Dementia Caregivers

 

Alzheimer's disease is life-changing for our loved ones and for those who are their caregivers. The Dementia Caregivers' Support Group provides a safe place to connect with others who truly understand what you are going through. This will be a place to talk about your challenges and joys, and to learn about resources. This group meets on the second Sunday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m. For more information, email msbellamy77@gmail.com.