SUPPORT GROUPS

Support Groups are made up of people who desire to walk with others for a time to share encouragement in specific areas of challenge in their lives. These facilitated groups meet once or twice monthly.

PARENT GROUPS

Parents Together

Want to get to know other parents and families in the community? Stop by or join us online for conversation and connection with parents of all ages.

 

In Person: 1st Wednesdays @ 9–11 am (after PELC dropoff). Drop by & stay as long as you are able. (Younger kids are welcome, of course!) On Campus (700/Gym building). For questions, email Carol at carol@sunnyvalepres.com.

 

Zoom Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 8 pm. For questions email Ashley at Ashley.gonzalez.sf@gmail.com


Support Group for Parents of Neurodiverse Kids

Parents from the community (no church association needed) are invited to join us for a relaxing coffee break and chat. We'll enjoy time together, support each other through challenging situations, share success and resources, and build community. The group is hosted by Karin Hejmanowski and Julie Clinton who are both parents of amazing children with neurodiversities. Whether you have a child in your life with special needs, behavior challenges, learning differences, asychronicity, or just need a supportive community—welcome!

• The second Wednesday of the month from 9:30 – 11:00 am at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Room 750 (September through May.)

 

Check the online calendar to confirm meetings, or contact Karin Hejmanowski at NeurodiversePSG@sunnyvalepres.com for more information. You're also invited to join the Facebook Group.


OTHER GROUPS

Grief Support Group

Meets first Sunday of the month @ 1 p.m. 

If you've lost a loved one and are walking the journey of grief, come join others in a Zoom space where it's okay to not be okay. Tears, laughter, and the presence of others who also know loss will help ease the pain and provide a way to experience the love of God. Join us the first Sunday of each month at 1:00. Led by Pastor Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski. Questions? Contact Pastor Karin at karin@sunnyvalepres.com (email link)

Family and Friends of LGBTQ+ Group

Meets 1st Tuesday of every month • 7–8:30 p.m. Join other parents, friends and allies as we provide a safe space to share, ask questions and affirm each other's journeys. Hosted by Director of Community Life Carol Heath and Linda Andersson, who care deeply about the queer community, and want to share space with others who need care. We will grow together and educate one another as we support and affirm our LGBTQ+ loved ones. All are welcome from the church and the community.

 

For more information and ZOOM link information, contact Carol Heath.

Queer Fellowship Group

Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month  7–8 p.m. We seek to cultivate a safe and vibrant fellowship space for our LGBTQ+ community members that honors an abundant God who loves us. For access to the group, contact addie@sunnyvalepres.com or adam@sunnyvalepres.com.

 

Please note: this group is closed, meaning that it is a fellowship group for a marginalized community. We therefore request that only those folks who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary, queer, or questioning attend. Should you request that your participation in the group remain anonymous, that request will be honored. This group is open to all ages and meets online.

 

As a group, we follow these guidelines for meeting:

 

• While many of us are in open and accepting living situations, we also acknowledge and accommodate anyone who might be in a different environment. If there is any way that we can facilitate your participation in this group more easily and/or more comfortably (only communicating via chat, using a coded subject for email reminders, etc.), please let us know.

 

• This is a confidential space. Anything said here will be kept only to those in the meeting.

Attendees will take no photos or screenshots or social media posts depicting group members unless explicit and enthusiastic consent from members is given.

 

• This is a religious space, but we welcome doubt and critique of the role the church has played and is playing in oppressing queer people.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group

Join other caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia in a group led by Diane Currier of the Alzheimer's Association. This caregiver support group was previously held at the church on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and is currently meeting virtually on the same day and time.

 

Please contact 1-800-272-3900 to register for this group, or one of the many caregiver support groups that are supported by the Alzheimer's Association, and are now meeting virtually. Upon registration a link will be sent to your email address or given to you over the phone.