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Hope for the Holidays

If you have experienced a loss of a loved one and are dreading the upcoming holidays, Community Greif Support Services (CGS) would like to invite you to attend a free Hope for the Holidays event this month. The event is designed to help you learn practical ways to find hope for and cope with life’s celebrations – not just from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, but for all those special days throughout the year that touch our hearts. Three sessions will be held in different areas of the community:


Sherry Williams White

Saturday, November 5, Riverchase United Methodist Hoover, 9 a.m.-Noon. This event will feature speaker, Sherry Williams White of New Leaf Resources. White has been a leading professional for aftercare Services since 1984 and founded New Leaf Resources which offers bereavement services to help funeral homes, corporations, churches, and support services. She is also a writer and contributing author of a wide variety of grief literature. Her work with the firefighters, parents, spouses and children of fallen firefighters of 9/11 has added to her expertise in the area of traumatic death.


Steve Sweatt

Saturday, November 12, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. – Noon & Saturday, November 19, Bethel Baptist Church Pratt City, 4-7 p.m. These two events will feature speaker Steve Sweatt, LPC/LMFT who will share inspirational ideas and practical coping tips to help prepare you for the holidays without your loved one. Sweatt has led “Hope for the Holidays” programs for many organizations. As CGS Clinical Director, he works with support groups, individuals, couples and families struggling with a wide variety of issues following the death of a loved one. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has served as Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Samford University.

All three Hope for the Holiday events will include a special time for remembering your loved ones. You are invited to bring a small photo of your loved one to place on a remembrance table as candles are lit in loving memory. A light meal will be served. To register, call 870-8667. Visit to learn more about free services like this. †

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Support Groups

Abortion Recovery

Forgiven & Set Free
Chelsea, Fultondale, Helena, Hoover, and Springville. To learn more call 620-1344.
Surrendering the Secret
Classes hosted by The Church at Brook Hills,
Flow of the Spirit Church
Every Monday at 6:30pm, 90 Sheffield Dr, Ashville, call 240-4801 or 594-4888
Grace Episcopal
Every Monday at 12:00pm, Nar Anon Family group meeting. Nar Anon provides support and information for families and friends of those suffering with addiction, 5712 First Ave. N, 35212, call 617-7911
Pine Haven Church
Every Monday at 6:00pm, Christian support for people recovering from addiction or life issues. Family members affected by addiction also welcome, 3465 Shannon-Wenonah Road, Bessemer, call 260-0020

ADHD Parent Support Group

Family Bridges and Grace Presbyterian Church
4th Tuesday of every month. 6:00-7:30pm, 6110 Deerfoot Parkway, Trussville. Call Diane at 205-681-6431. Visit


Covenant Place, Gardendale
2nd Thursday of month, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
Hwy 119, 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 5:30pm
Our Lady of Sorrows, “A Faith Perspective”
1st and 3rd Sunday 2:00pm, 1728 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, Social Hall, 983-4030 / Chad

Breast Cancer

St. Vincent’s Bruno Conference Center
2nd Tuesday of month, Facilitator Judith Harrington, 12:00pm-1:30pm, free lunch provided. Call 930-2217, e-mail to register
St. Vincent’s East, Cancer Treatment Center
3rd Tuesday of the month. 12:00pm, free lunch provided. Call 838-3519 for details


St. Vincent’s Bruno Conference Center
General Cancer Support Group, 1st Tuesday of month, Facilitator Louis Josof, 12:00pm-1:30pm, free lunch provided. Call 930-2217,
e-mail to register
St. Vincent’s East, Cancer Treatment Center
TOUCH General Cancer Support Group for Cancer Survivors & Families. First Wednesday of every month, 11:00am, free lunch provided. Call 838-3519 for details
Rays of Hope
Hunter Street Baptist 2600 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, call 985-7295, email

Celebrate Recovery

Calvary Baptist
Every Tuesday at 6:00pm, 7570 15th Street Road, Concord, call 205-491-1885, visit
First Baptist Church Pelham
Every Sunday at 5:00pm for Big Group & 6:00pm for Small Group. Safe place where hurts can be healed, habits broken and hang-ups overcome. 2867 Pelham Parkway, 35124, call 663-7492
Harvest Assembly of God
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm, meal provided, 81 Old Shocco Road, Talladega, 256-362-5973
Harvest Community Church
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7:00pm, 4465 Pinson Valley Parkway,
McElwain Baptist
Every Friday at 6:30pm, visit, 4445 Montevallo Road, 35213, call 956-0388
North Gardendale Baptist
Every Thursday 6:00pm dinner, 7:00pm worship and large group, 125 Belcher Hill Road, call 410-2156
One Eighty/Clearbranch
UMC Ministry, Every Friday at 6:00pm, 5770 U.S. Highway 11, Springville, 35146, visit, call 238-8075
Palmerdale United Methodist
Sundays 5:00pm, 7778 Alabama Highway 75, Pinson, 35126, call 681-9762


St. Vincent’s Blount
First Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm

Divorce/Grief Recovery

A Divorce and Grief Recovery Group- Interdenominational, Family Life Center Assembly Hall Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Homewood 6:00-8:30pm every Tuesday,, No pre-registration required, $25 for 10 week session, call 969-0062


The Church at Brook Hills, women only. August 14 – November 13 meeting every Sunday 9:00-10:30am, Modular 4B, childcare available,, call 313-7790
DivorceCare & (DC4K) DivorceCare for Kids start Monday evening August 14 from 6-8 PM. Inverness Vineyard Church, 4733 Valleydale Road Birmingham, AL 35242. We meet in the main sanctuary foyer. Find out more about DivorceCare at under the “Get Help” tab. Or call 205-910-3962.
South Highland Presbyterian. Wednesday, G16, 6:00-7:30pm. Registration, call 933-0790
Asbury United Methodist, Sundays, September 18 – November 27, 4:00-5:30pm, 6690 Cahaba Valley Rd (119),, call 995-1700

Family Support Group

Safe Harbor
Every Tuesday faith-based support for those who have teens in rebellion. Signs of rebellion can be disrespect, social withdrawal, dropping grades, truancy, substance abuse, call 981-0995, visit


First Presbyterian Grief-share
If you’ve lost a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or other close family member, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare provides a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you. Trained facilitators who have experienced grief just like you will guide you through one of life’s most difficult experiences and provide you with the tools and resources to move forward. Meetings will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church (Lower Level), 4601 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35242 on Thursday nights from 7:00pm to 8:45pm, September 7 – December 14 (excluding November 23). You are welcome to join us at any time during the 14-week series. If you are college age or older and have lost a close family member, please call 205.991.5430 or email for questions and/or registration. Or you may visit   Registration Fee: $20.00 (includes workbook and refreshments).

Loss of Spouse (Employable Age): Shades Valley Presbyterian, Tues 5:30pm beginning Sept. 5; St. John AMEMon 5:30pm beginning Sept. 11; Trussville UMC, Thurs 5:30pm beginning August 31.

General Spousal Loss Asbury UMC, Sun 5:30 pm., beginning August 20.

Loss of Adult Child, Dawson Baptist, Mon 6pm, beginning Sept. 11.

Loss of Parent, Grandparent, and Sibling, Dawson Baptist, Thurs 6pm beginning Sept. 7.

General Loss, Bethel Baptist Church/Pratt City, Tues. 6pm beginning Sept. 5.


Homewood Library
RESOLVE (The National Infertility Association) Peer Support Group, 1st Monday of month, 6:00-7:30pm, call 868-1252 or email

Low Vision

St. Vincent’s East
Classrooms 1-2. For individuals and supporting individuals living with Low Vision. Last Wednesday of month 11:30am-1:00pm. Lunch $5, first time attending free, 838-3162                                                                  Shelby County: First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster (8828 AL-119, Alabaster, AL 35007)                   Meet the 1st Tuesday of each month, 10:00am-12:00pm, The meetings are led by Sue Schulgin who works with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Individuals are welcome to join us whether you have vision, low vision, some vision or no vision, Call Gwendolyn Brown 205-685-0570 for more information.


St. Vincent’s 119
1st Saturday of month, 10:00am – Noon, 7191 Cahaba Valley Rd, 35242, call 408-6551

Multiple Myeloma

Southern Legacy BBQ
2943 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL 35244, 2nd Saturday of month, 11:00am-1pm, email


St. Vincent’s 119
September 11, 2:30pm-4:30 p.m. B’ham Ostomy Association, call Lyn Hayes at 907-3706 or Sydney Bloom at 995-0149


Alabama Family Rights
call 626-9458, visit, Hoover Library, 200 Municipal Drive, email

Pet Loss                                                                                                                                                                    

Dixie’s Group, Homewood Library                                                                                                                           Last Tuesday of mo., 5:30-7pm. Led by Dr. Larry Michael. Free, walk-ins welcome. For further details call 492–9992.

Pulmonary Hypertension

The Kirklin Clinic: 4th Floor Conference Room (2000 6th Ave south, 35294)                                                      2nd Tuesday of the month, 12:00pm, free lunch is provided, call 2055855603 to RSVP.

Prostate Cancer

St. Vincent’s East, Cancer Treatment Center
2nd Wednesday of the month. 12:00pm, free lunch provided. Call 838-3519

Sexual Addiction

Route 1520
Recovery groups for men struggling with pornography, sexual brokenness and sex addiction. Also groups for their spouses. Visit for locations, dates, times throughout the Birmingham area

Weight Loss

Indian Springs First Baptist
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm, 3375 Cahaba Valley Rd,, Facebook: TOPS Indian Springs AL

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