Our vision is to partner in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to work together in ways that promote healthy congregations and effective leaders in every place, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
St. Francis Healing Circles will be offering a circle for adults who are caring for a parent or spouse with a long-term illness, dementia, M.S., etc. This group will be limited to 8-10 persons and will meet twice monthly for 90 minutes.
The group will be co-facilitated by volunteers, one of whom is a mental health professional. The goals of the Healing Circle is to provide a safe space in which circle members can share their thoughts and feelings about the experience of being a primary caregiver for a family member with a long-term life-limiting condition. The circle will allow members to explore how this role of caregiving impacts their sense of self, their relationships with others, and their general outlook on life. The circle will also explore and practice tools for reducing the stress of caregiving. This is not a “resourcing group.” That is, circle time will not be given to discussions of available community resources, medications, physician referrals, etc. There will be 15 min before and after the circle time when this kind of information may be exchanged if people desire. The circle will allow new members to join at any time, as the group size allows. Circle members may attend the circle for as long as is helpful for them. However, regular attendance is strongly encouraged in order for the circle to have its greatest impact on participants.
The day and time for this circle will be determined by the first group of persons who express interest. Once you register (see below) you will be directed to complete a survey of possible times. You will then be contacted about which day and time seems to be most feasible for those who have indicated interest.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE GROUP
Interested persons should contact Khris Ford, Healing Circles Coordinator at St. Francis UMC. She can be contacted via email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-923-4690