What is a Support Group?
Support groups at Vineyard Columbus consist of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional, spiritual, and moral support for one another. While all believers are called upon to come alongside of each other in this way, members of a support group intentionally gather on a regular basis to ensure this happens in their lives in ways that might not naturally occur. These groups are led by trained volunteers who are there to help minister insight, healing, and spiritual growth in difficult seasons or situations. Some groups are time-limited and follow a set curriculum, while others are ongoing and focus on the present needs of the participants.
Support groups are not the same as group therapy sessions. Group therapy is a formal type of mental health treatment that brings together several people with similar conditions under the guidance of a trained mental health provider.
Current Groups Include:
All Things New
Wednesdays, September, 2016
The purpose of this eight-week group is to create a safe place for women with past childhood sexual abuse to share their stories and to receive further healing. We will go through Nicole Bromley’s "HUSH" book and "SOAR" workbook. Registration and books for a nominal fee are required for participation. To register, contact
Anger & Conflict God's Way
Begins Wednesdays, September 7, 7-90pm
Anger and conflict go hand in hand; it's woven into the human fabric of each individual. Yet, many do not understand the dynamics of anger and conflict as they live life with their spouse, family, companion, and friends at work. Where does anger come from and how can we resolve conflict so as we can live in peace with others? Come to this class to better understand yourself and others as we look into what God has to say about these basic issues of life. For more information about the group and when it will be running next, contact
Most Fridays, 7-10pm, Cooper Road Campus
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, Christ-centered recovery fellowship for those desiring to heal from any addictive, compulsive or destructive behavior — hurts, habits or hang-ups. At Celebrate Recovery you will find a safe place to share pain, struggles, victories, and hope with others focused on Christ-centered recovery. Meetings include a time of worship, teaching, sharing and fellowship. Come experience God’s love and power to transform! For more information, contact Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289 or the Celebrate Recovery Team
. Childcare (ages 1-12 years) is available ($3/child, $5/family) if you register in advance with the Celebrate Recovery Team
Circle of Love
Usually 1st Mondays, 7pm, meeting September 12
This group meets to bring hope to the family and friends of people who have same-sex attractions. We offer support and resources with loving compassion. Meeting is confidential. For more info, contact Fred & Nora Seeman
Come to the Well
Usually 2nd Saturdays, 4:30-6pm
We are an all-age women's group for widows, who want to support and encourage one another to keep growing in faith. We meet the 1st Saturday of every month for a time of prayer, fellowship and Bible study. For more info, contact Jennifer Benjamin
DivorceCare for Men
Thursdays, Beginning August 25, 7:30-9:30pm
DivorceCare is a 13-week support group is for men who are separated or divorced and it can be joined at any time. For more info, contact Ian Best
DivorceCare for Women
Begins Tuesday, September 13, 7-9pm
DivorceCare is a 13-week support group is for women who are separated or divorced. The group is closed after the third meeting. For more info, contact Merry Neff, 614.804.7426.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
1st Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Not meeting July, September & January
This group is an opportunity for grandparents to share the joys and the struggles of parenting again with those who understand. Each month a relevant topic will be addressed by guest speakers. Child care is available upon request and registration. For more info, contact
Begins Wednesday, August 31, 7-9pm
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. This 13-week co-ed discussion/support group is for those grieving the death of a loved one and can be joined at any time. For more information on future sessions of this Bible-based program, contact
or Support for Life, 614.259.5472.
Haven of Hope
September 2016, 7-9pm
Perhaps you have a loved one engaged in the LBGTQ lifestyle. This is a process group to walk alongside you, share your real feelings, explore literature, pray, and grow in grace and truth. For more info and to register, contact Elise at
Healed from the Inside Out
Thursdays, September 8-October 27, 7-9pm
A group for women of all ages seeking healing from your past hurts of any type of abuse (mental, physical, verbal, sexual, spiritual), habits gone wild, rejection, abandonment, and the negative thoughts the enemy wants you to play over and over in your mind. Let’s learn together how to understand what it truly means and feels like to be a daughter of the Most High and allow him to heal us from the inside out. Pre-registration is required.
To register, contact Rhonda Bates
at Support for Life, 614.259.5472.
Healing for the Survivors of Domestic Violence
This is an eight-week support group for those who are walking out of and/or have survived domestic violence situations. This support group will help you feel safe and secure, trust, forgive set boundaries and be kind to yourself again all through the love of the Lord. To register or for more info, contact
This is a support group for women who have previously experienced the pain of abortion. We believe we are to be part of the healing process that takes place when a woman who has experienced an abortion is faced with the pain and grief of the choice she has made. We offer a support group called HEART, Healing the Effects of Abortion Related Trauma, in which this healing can begin. This is a seven-week closed, confidential group. For details on upcoming groups, contact Deanie, 614.451.7725.
Holiness & Happiness
[Middle School Girls]
This group for middle school girls seeks to find our ultimate happiness by pursuing Jesus within a community of girls. We'll look at what scripture says about happy, fulfilled lives and how to spur each other on to holiness and happiness. For more info and to register, contact
Hearts Restored is a ministry of Vineyard Columbus for women who have been wounded by their spouse’s sexual sin. Find healing, hope and strength to move forward with your life in community with other women who are committed to experiencing God in the midst of the crisis. Hearts Restored runs both an nine-week class that repeats several times throughout the year and an ongoing support group.
Hearts Restored Nine-Week Recovery Class
Tuesdays, September 6-October 25, 7-9pm
The experience of sexual betrayal is traumatic and disorienting. This nine-week class will feature teaching discussion, prayer and testimonies from women who have seen God work powerfully in their lives through their healing journey. We will cover topics that are foundational to God-led recovery including an overview of what true recovery looks like, the effects of trauma, establishing safety, self-care, building a support system, setting boundaries, detaching, accountability, managing triggers, finding hope and planning for the future. The workbook “Journey to Healing and Joy” will be used, and there will be weekly homework assignments. To help facilitate safety and community the class will be closed to new participants after the first session. Registration is required. For more info or to register, contact
HEARTS RESTORED SUPPORT GROUP:
The discovery of your husband's sexual betrayal can be a life-shattering experience - it can literally knock you off your feet. We are committed to helping women get back up, regain their footing and by the grace of God learn to walk this journey with him- "right foot, left foot".
Find Your Footing - for those in the early phase of recovery
Walking it Out - for those who are further in their journey
For more information, contact Hearts Restored.
Begins Tuesday, September 13, 7-9pm, not meeting October 18
This is a nine-week closed support group offering hope, healing, encouragement, and accountability for women who want to be more hungry for God and less dependent on food (compulsive or emotional eating) or dieting (obsession with weight or exercise) to meet emotional needs. Meetings will include a short teaching, group discussion, and prayer. There is no cost, but space is limited, so preregistration is requested.
For more information, contact Meg Kuta
Integrity for Women
Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 7-9pm
This group is for women who desire healing for sexual brokenness while finding freedom from addiction, shame and rejection. Pre-registration is required.
This group is cyclical and no new participants after the first class. For more information, email Integrity for Women
Journey of Hope
This is a support group for women who have chosen adoption. Are you a mother who placed her baby for adoption or a birthmother? If so, Vineyard Columbus offers a place where healing can begin or continue. A place where you will not be judged for your decision. A place where you can share your feelings and know that someone truly understands. We can walk out this sometimes difficult journey together. We can find healing through sharing and bringing our broken hearts before the Lord. Join us and find hope for this journey with others. For more information, contact Shelly Pigman, 614.325.9490, or email Journey of Hope
Love Doesn't Hurt
This is a 10-week group for women who are survivors of domestic violence seeking healing from the Lord. We'll look at types of abuse, the cycle of violence, stress, safety, helping our children and more. For details and to register, contact
Loving Someone with Mental Illness
1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-9pm
Loving Someone with Mental Illness is a support group for families and friends of people with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, borderline personality disorder, etc.). Each meeting includes a short teaching, plenty of time for discussion, and prayer. For more information, contact Karen Twinem
180 - Men's Ministry Group
Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus, not meeting September 5
180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness find healing through Jesus and his Holy Spirit and grow in a healthy relationship with God our Father. This ongoing ministry is open to all men, meets weekly throughout the year, and emphasizes both the healing power of God AND the personal responsibility of men to do whatever it takes to live a life of purity. The evening includes worship, teaching, small group accountability, mentoring and healing prayer. For more information, contact John Doyel
Moving on with Jesus
Beginning Friday, September 30, 7-9:30pm
Pre-registration required by Friday, September 9
This 42-week group is to help women with unwanted same sex attraction to connect with Jesus and find your identity in Him. We will be using the Taking Back Ground teaching and will recap in group what was discussed in the videos, what was learned, how God is moving in your life and take time to pray. For more info and to register prior to September 9, contact
Begins Tuesday, October 4, 6:30-8:30pm
This closed, cyclical support group is for women who have come from a high control or cult background and now desire a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is not a theological debate group. Our purpose is to support these women and come along side of them. Our goal is to springboard into a praying small group for further discipleship.
No participants may join after the first class has begun
, and preregistration is required. Each meeting will include worship and teaching, but the main focus will be on sharing and prayer. For more info or to register, contact Gina Law
This is a substance (drug/alcohol) abuse recovery group for young men. For more information, contact
, the Support for Life Team
, or call 614.259.5289.
Sisters of Sarah
Beginning September 8, 1st Thursdays, 7:15-9:15pm
Sisters of Sarah is a hope and support group for women facing the hardship of primary or secondary infertility. We invite you with open arms for a time of sharing food, socializing, open discussion and prayer. For more info or to register, contact Support for Life
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7-9pm
We are a group of women who have ALL survived multiple tragic events and have come out better and able to help other women do the same. We are outreach and discipleship focused. We study God's Word, have praise, worship and prayer. We share our lives as sisters in Christ. Contact
VC20 Men's Focus
Beginning November 2016
This six-week group will meet weekly and is open to men in and around their 20s. We will explore root issues of sexual sin and pornography through discussion, scripture study and learning how to self-examine life and habits better. For more information, email
Learn more about our trained lay counselors and clinically-trained counselors.
Learn more about our entire Support for Life Ministry.
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