"God is our shelter, our strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." Psalm 46
Neighborhood Church has a Pastoral Care and Support department to help our members and friends cope with illness, suffering or loss, share bereavement, and to provide a ministry of compassionate presence.
Pastoral Care is designed with the congregation's needs for spiritual support at the center. Spiritual support may include a visit from a Stephen Minister, prayer, devotional readings, inspirational music, copies of sermon recordings and other theological materials, in addition to affirming God's love for all through the sharing of stories and faith journeys. Please contact the Church Office (310-378-9353) if you would like to make a Pastoral Care request.
In addition to our Pastoral Care Department, Neighborhood Church offers a variety of additional support groups and services for our congregation and the community.
Good Grief Support Group
We experience grief when a spouse, child, parent, sibling, colleague, or beloved friend dies. It's an acute loss--a sorrow that softens only with caring support and time--and the memory is never completely erased.
The purposes of the Good Grief Support Group are to support and aid the bereaved to enable a positive resolution of their grief experience and to help foster their emotional and physical health.
Registration is open to all members of the congregation and the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one by death. There is no charge. Please contact the church office for more information and the meeting schedule.
Lois and Sam Bloom, Stephen Ministers, are the facilitators of the Good Grief Group at Neighborhood Church and other bereavement support groups in the community. They have been helping others for the past 23 years. The Blooms experienced the death of their son, Sammy, in 1982.
Please phone if you or someone close to you is in need of prayers so the request can go out immediately. Britta Latto coordinates the Prayer chain. She may be reached at 310 534-3508.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
The Compassionate Friends was founded 40 years ago when a chaplain at the Warwickshire Hospital in England brought together two sets of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. Meeting around a kitchen table, the Lawleys and the Hendersons were joined by a bereaved mother and the chaplain, Simon Stephens, and The Society of the Compassionate Friends was born. The Compassionate Friends jumped across the ocean and was established in the United States and incorporated in 1978 in Illinois.
Our local chapter, which meets here at Neighborhood Church the first Wednesday of each month, is committed to helping every bereaved parent, sibling, or grandparent who may walk through our doors or contact us. We offer friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members during the natural grieving process after a child has died.