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

JAM (Just a Moment)

JAM meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 9:30–10:30 a.m. over Zoom. Drop in when you can, leave when you must. Parents of all ages can attend. Join for conversation, learning together and sharing life with other parents. Check the online calendar for meeting times and Zoom links. Send email to jam@sunnyvalepres.com for more info.

MINT (Moment of Intentionality)

MINT meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 8–9:30 p.m. over Zoom. Refresh and recharge as we support each other in open conversations geared toward mental health for ourselves and our family. We aim to support—not fix. All parents are welcome, no matter the age of their children. Check the online calendar for meeting times and Zoom links. Contact Ashley Gonzalez for more info.

Parent Support Group for Neurodiverse Families

Parents from the community are invited to join us for a relaxing coffee break and chat, where we can be together, support each other through challenging situations, share success and resources and build community. This group is particularly focused on parents of: children who are differently-abled, children with disabilities, children with special needs, neurodivergent kids, or kids who are wired differently.

 

Come to whichever time slot works best for you:

• Virtually on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

• Virtually on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m.

• In-person at Sunnyvale Pres on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

Check the online calendar for Zoom links, or contact Donna Dillard for more information.

Parent Discussion Group

Are you a parent dropping off your kid for youth programming? Feel free to relax in the FLASH youth room during Wednesday youth programming with other parents. Formed out of our Parent Book Club "The 57 Bus", SVPC Youth Ministry's parent discussion group meets every Wednesday in Room 750 (BLAST.com room).

 

For more info, please reach out to CLUE parent Amy McLeod at ammcleod01@gmail.com or check the Youth calendar.

OTHER GROUPS

LGBTQ+ Family and Friends Support 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.