Living Free Recovery Night
Jesus invites us to experience positive life change beyond what we can imagine, but we can be held back by unresolved issues in our lives. It takes courage to admit our struggle; yet help is available when we’re ready to take a bold step forward. Black Rock’s Living Free Community Groups provide a safe place where you can discover healing, hope and support. Our Fall term is underway with groups meeting Thursdays at 7pm. For confidential information, email
NOTE: Some groups follow a particular curriculum and might not be listed on the sign up form after a term is underway.
Here’s a description of each group:
Anxious for nothing
Separate groups for men and women focus on helping those who are struggling with the debilitating effects of anxiety and depression. The goal is to facilitate growth and trust in God’s restoring power as the ultimate source of freedom. Participants complete a weekly study and DVD series as they meet for discussion, prayer and sharing in a safe, supportive environment. As group members grow and heal, they can, in turn, strengthen others who are facing the same challenges.
Separation and divorce are among life’s most painful and stressful experiences. It’s a confusing time when people may feel isolated and have questions about issues they’ve never before faced. DivorceCare meets weekly to help you manage these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. A video seminar featuring interviews, real life case studies and other helpful tools is followed by group discussion with time to share about what’s going on in your personal journey as you receive support from the group.
DivorceCare for Families
This group for high school students and older focuses on supporting those whose lives have been affected by a parent’s divorce or the pain of parents with a turbulent marriage. As group members turn to God’s truth for healing and understanding, they will discover the hope and future they have through Jesus Christ. Discussion topics include: It’s not your fault, dealing with shame, feeling caught in the middle, finding balance, forming new traditions and confronting the fear that future relationships won’t be successful.
For Men Only
FMO provides a safe place for men who are struggling with compulsive personal purity issues which are being acted out in unhealthy ways. The focus is on helping group members grow through community as men encourage and support one another in a non-judgmental environment that builds accountability. Through the development of healthy boundaries, participants avoid relapses and experience hope.
For women only
This is a group for women who are dealing with the personal purity struggles of the men in their lives. Through study, opportunities for sharing, prayer and support, woman learn how to overcome their pain and sense of betrayal. As group members move toward forgiveness and restored trust, relationships can grow in health and renewed joy.
Grieving with Hope
If you’ve suffered the passing of a family member or friend, it may be difficult to feel optimistic about the future. This can be a frustrating, lonely time as you face concerns for which there are no easy answers. Grieving with Hope will help you work through these issues and move toward rebuilding hope. Videos featuring interviews with grief and recovery specialists, real life case studies and other helpful tools are followed by group discussion with time to share about what’s going on in your personal journey as you receive support from the group.
This group supports women who have suffered the loss of an infant due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death and those who are dealing with the heartache of infertility. We also support women who are struggling with the emotional impact of an abortion. As group participants move through the grieving process, Hannah’s Hope seeks to create an environment where healing can begin. Through a weekly study with discussion, prayer and sharing, women strengthen one another and experience hope for the future.
steps to freedom
A group promoting personal growth and Christ-centered recovery for those seeking freedom from the life challenging issues of alcohol, or other chemical dependencies. Recovery is based on the 12-step process with emphasis on restoration through surrender to our Higher Power, Jesus Christ. In a confidential, safe setting, participants are freed to share struggles and breakthroughs as they build healthy relationships with God, themselves and others. Depending on the need, groups may be offered for men, women or open to both genders.
steps to freedom for families
This group focuses on supporting those whose lives have been affected by the chemical dependency struggles of family members and friends. As group members support one another, learn healthy coping tools and turn to God’s truth for healing and understanding, they will experience hope to face the future with greater confidence. Participants will grow in their ability to handle misplaced guilt and shame, identify enabling behaviors and develop skills to support their loved one’s recovery.
Threshold of Hope
This group for women who are survivors of sexual abuse and trauma opens the door to the healing power of Christ’s love. By creating a safe setting that allows women to engage in discussion and support, light is brought into the dark places of secrecy, silence and shame that surround sexual abuse. Group members also complete a helpful weekly study. Those who have received personal counseling for this issue, will experience added life change in this confidential group dynamic.
What to expect
The goal of these groups is to promote personal growth and spiritual enrichment for those who are seeking victory over life-challenging issues or dependencies. For substance misuse issues, recovery is based on the twelve-step process as a spiritual discipline with emphasis on restoration through the knowledge and love of our Higher Power, Jesus Christ. Other processes are used based on the nature of the dependency.
By attending a weekly group, participants will learn to surrender the care of their lives to Jesus. As dependence on God increases, the need to grasp for the illusion of rest through mood-altering substances or other dependencies diminishes, and group members will find true rest in Christ. Each group will provide a confidential, safe environment where people are free to openly share thoughts, feelings, struggles and victories as they develop healthy relationships with God, themselves and others.
As individuals fully participate in the group process, they can move from discouragement and pain toward healing and wholeness. Using The Twelve Steps for Christians and other material, people will find renewed hope and joy along with the freedom to receive God’s transforming love as He uses them to share His message of healing. Note: Depending on the nature of the need, groups will be for men or women only or may be open to both genders.
“The LORD’S Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen me to tell the Good News to the poor. The LORD has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers and to say, ‘this is the year the LORD has chosen.’’’ (Luke 4:18-19, CEV)
Connect with a REcovery Group
We understand that joining a recovery group is a big step for many. Pastor Lemke, who oversees our Living Free Recovery Groups, can answer your questions and help you get plugged in with the leader of your group.