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(Posted July 4th 2016 @ 8:30 AM by: Melody Reever)
Q: How can I start a support group?
A: Pray, pray, pray. Don't forget prayer. God can open doors and hearts that we cannot. Don't forget to speak with your pastor regarding the burden you are feeling and get their blessing and direction.
Determine the goal of your group. Is it just to provide a night of fellowship? Provide information? To encourage the attendees to feel the presence of God? To provide emotional support?
Q: What resources are available?
A: Denise Wynn and Missi DeRamus wrote a companion workbook for the book, When God Says No: Finding the Faith to Accept God's Will. It is designed to be used as curriculum for support groups. There are twelve sections. Each section of the book can be used once a month or once a week depending on the need of the group.
Each week the attendees read two chapters of the book and then answer questions based on that topic. Space is provided for reflection. These questions and topics can then be used for discussion during the group meeting.
Q: What about special needs curriculum for Sunday school?
A: At this time we do not have specific curriculum for Sunday school teachers. We have found that each individual is unique regarding the support they need. An excellent resource for setting up a disability ministry to support any age level is Steps - Forming a Disability Ministry. This book is available through the Pentecostal Publishing House.