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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Care Coaches

Care Coaches are spiritually mature members of our congregation, many who have experienced and overcome difficulties in their own lives. 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.

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Missional Communities

 

Missional communities are organic groups of people that meet throughout the week and in various places around the city.  They are the optimal place to grow in relationship with God and with others. Through studying the Bible, praying together and serving, missional community members find the mutual support, practical love, and encouragement to grow. Visit the missional communities page to learn more and sign up.

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Celebrate Recovery

The Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Bay Area including its Kidcare will be taking a hiatus after the Monday November 20th Gathering. This is a decision that we did not come by lightly but with much prayer and consideration. We want this ministry to be of the highest quality and that means having strong, dedicated leadership and volunteerism. The hope is to come back together in early 2018 to re-evaluate and begin the training process to restart this ministry in a fresh and exciting way. For those looking for other Celebrate Recovery Ministries in the area we highly recommend The Lighthouse Church in Glen Burnie, meets Fridays at 6:30 p.m. (www.lighthouse.church) or Mid Atlantic Church in Gambrills, meets Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
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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 BACC Deaconate 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 Deaconate directly oversees BACC’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 BACC Care Network.  We also arrange classes on Biblical financial management that are offered by ministries such as Financial Peace University, Crown, and Good Sense.

For more information contact Neal at neal.schaefer@verizon.net


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GriefShare

Most churches do a wonderful job of caring for grieving people from their body 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. They don't understand the deep prolonged impact caused by the death of a spouse, child, family member or close friend. 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 at some point in their lives.

For more information, contact Leanne Lane at Leanne.lane@bayareacc.org

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Marriage Ministry

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 Pre-Marital 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.