Yes. Saddleback Church offers a wide range of support groups that deal with many of life's trials, traumas and tragedies. Here are links to some of them:
The Bible says:
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."
(Colossians 4:2 NIV).
The Saddleback Prayer ministry serves to offer prayer and support to the members and attendees of Saddleback Church. They are committed to the power of prayer and encourage you to give our team the opportunity to lift you up in prayer. Their mission is to make dependence on God through prayer foundational to our church
If you have a prayer request, please call (949) 609-8008 or click here to complete an online form.
The prayer team retrieves the requests several times a day and will be praying for you. Thank you for allowing us to pray for you. God Bless!
IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY OR LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION, PLEASE DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
During Normal Office Hours (8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri), please call the church office at (949) 609-8000. All Other Times Please call (949) 609-8000 and follow the instructions to leave a brief message for the Minister of the Day and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
I think the simple answer is that it is a Christ centered group. My wife and I went through extensive leadership program taught by Saddleback Church to become a Support Group leader. This training is thorough and well taught. There are ongoing classes and meetings with advisors on staff at Saddleback Church. Additionally, there are also some minimum guidelines that all support group leaders must meet:
The point is that we are a Christian led Support Group that is designed to meet the needs of Parents of Children with Food Allergies in a safe and Christ-centered environment on a monthly basis.
You should expect a safe and friendly environment. We will start the meeting with a prayer and then discuss the rules and confedentiality of the support group. We may have a guest speaker on a particular topic. In the past we have had people discuss allergic responses, types of new treatments and even a family psychologist discuss the issues of anxiety in kids with food allergies. Other time, we may just have a generic topic to discuss. People who attend can just listen or share their own stories. We conclude the meeting with a closing prayer.
My wife and I have two children with different life threatening food allergies. When our first child was about a year old, we realized that someone was wrong because of her reaction to her first birthday cake. Since then, we have been on an adventure of faith, with trips to doctors, specialists and a ride in an ambulance on one scary Christmas morning. The point here is that we understand what you as a parent confront with child's food allergies daily. What do you do when your kids goes to school? What about a field trip? A birthday party? A day at the neighbors? An afternoon with at Grandmas?
The very small and ordinary things that parents do with "non-alergic" children can become extremely stressful situations to those of us whose kids suffer from food allergies. How do we cope? Where do we turn for answers? When we went through the process we felt that there were really no good resources to learn about how to deal with the daily issues that parents confront with food allergies. The pedetricians and the allergists were not very helpful. So we took a leap of faith at Saddleback Church, went through Support Group training and started our own Support Group.
We meet on the third Tuesday of every month in Room 407 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Saddleback Church. Please click here for directions to Saddleback Church.
Our first group started July 2010 at Saddleback Church.