Support Groups

First Church is here to support you through the good and difficult times of your life. Find here the support systems actively meeting in our church. If your need help that does not fit into one of these groups, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office.

Stephen Ministry

A program that equips lay persons to provide one-on-one distinctively Christian care to people experiencing all kinds of difficult life needs and circumstances. A SM offers confidential care and support, non-judgmental listening and unconditional acceptance. Stephen Ministers are available to anyone in need of spiritual need. The Stephen Ministers believe that the care giving is offered as a benefit/service available to our members. Additionally, our ‘continuing education’ is a program held on the first Thursday of each month with speakers from different community resources and points of interest; all are welcome to attend. If you’d like to learn more about the training program and requirements of volunteers, please contact Brandy Hand. To request a care giver to support you in a distinctively Christian way through a difficult time, contact Brandy. All requests are confidential.

Cancer Prayer Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at a member’s home. If you have any questions or need directions, please contact Joyce Johnson at 407.898.3270.

Take Them a Meal Ministry

Participants in this ministry provide parents of newborns with a few meals to help them get settled with the newest member of their family, as well as to those experiencing illness or surgery, moving, or in some other life transition that is eased by a friend providing a meal!

Volunteer to make and deliver a meal or if you know someone who could benefit by contact Christina Cowherd at 407.488.6614.

Divorce Recovery

www.divorceandrecovery.org

The Divorce Recovery Workshop (DR) is a place to find friends, support and resources to overcome anger and to heal from pain. Eleven week sessions are offered to provide exactly that, as each individual journeys toward emotional healing.

Divorce can be the most painful experience of your life. Your normal world is replaced by anger, confusion and frustration.

Consider taking the time to sort all this out. As one past participant put it “the Divorce Recovery program has given me back something I thought I had lost…hope. Each week brings me a little closer to where I need and want to be one day, fulfilled with not just life, but more importantly, myself.” For information contact, contact Mary Jo Davidson at 407.797.5905. Come find support through this difficult time of healing on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.

Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K)

Child care is available by reservation; a curriculum — www.DC4K.org  — is used to help children of divorced families cope with the changes in their family life.  Next session begins November 8th at 6:45pm.  Please contact vandie@firstchurchorlando.org for more info.

If you would like to train as a volunteer to help facilitate a DC4K group, the next training session is November 1st at 6:30pm – Please RSVP to vandie@firstchurchorlando.org.  (background check is required)

This video will help you learn how the DC4K program works.

P.F.L.A.G. Outreach

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a national support, education and advocacy organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people, their families, friends and allies. The Orlando/Central Florida PFLAG group meets the THIRD WEDNESDAY of each month at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Orlando.

Our support meetings provide a safe, confidential place for those who are learning to deal with the reality of having a GLBT family member. During our meetings gentle discussion takes place in a warm and supportive atmosphere. We each are given the opportunity to share questions and concerns, as well as successes and joys … or we may just sit and listen. Comfort and reassurance are gained through discussion with others experiencing similar situations involving our children and family members.PFLAG Orlando/Central Florida is devoted to helping families and friends of gay, lesbian bisexual and transgendered persons through support, to cope with an adverse society, education, to enlighten and ill-informed public, and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

For further information you may contact First Church member Judy Berry at 407.423.2739 or 407.257.0085 or go the PFLAG Orlando/Central Florida website: www.pflagorlando.org.