At Resurrection, we believe in the power of care within our community. When life feels like it's too much to bear, we want you to know we are here to care and support you, guiding you to healing and wholeness. You can find details about our support and care groups below.
For questions or more information about how Congregational Care can provide support for you, you can request care or call the church at 913-897-0120 during regular business hours (M-F, 9 am – 5 pm).
If there is an emergency after office hours, please call our pager number at (913) 544-0799. The pastor on call will return your page as soon as possible.
If you have lost a loved one, we want to walk with you through your journey of grief. We invite you to join us for grief support groups where you will be connected with others who have walked similar paths.
For more information about the Grief Support groups listed below or for individual care information, email Claire Clough.
This group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 11:30 am. Join trained grief coaches in Building B at 11:30 am to grab food if you would like and have extra time for connection and support.
No sign up needed.
This group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6:30 pm in Building B, room B152. All are invited to join trained Grief Coaches for a time of sharing.
No sign up needed.
For questions about Grief Support call Claire Saunders Clough at (913) 232-4124, or email using the form below.
We are currently meeting the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in person in the parlor at the Leawood location, and online via Zoom.
This support group is led by Pastor Dennis & Buelah Apple, who are bereaved parents themselves, and is open to parents who have lost children of any age.
Topics of discussion may include conversations such as:
Dennis is the author of the book, Life After the Death of My Son.
For more information or if you have any questions, email Pastor Dennis Apple or call 913-232-4147.
For questions about Bereaved Parents call Dennis Apple at (913) 232-4147, or email using the form below.
**This group is now meeting virtually due to concerns regarding COVID-19.**
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(If you have trouble logging on to the Zoom call, reach out to Tom at (913) 544-8152).
The Kansas City area, in particular, has seen tragic loss recently due to suicide. If you have personally experienced loss, or if you have a friend or a family member who is grieving the loss of a loved one due to suicide, we invite you to join leader Tom Phillips in a support group that will meet at 6:30 – 8 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. You do not need to be a member of Resurrection Downtown to join this support group. Reach out to Pastor Anne.Williams@cor.org or visit throughthis.org if you have questions.
Alongside Through This Together, Ally Support is a group for allies, friends, and loved ones who are supporting those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Come to share experiences and receive support for the role of caring for loved ones who grieving. This group meets with Through This Together, then splits off for separate conversation for portions of the evening.
For questions about Through This Together call Anne Williams at (816) 979-1330, or email using the form below.
We believe investing in physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being is crucial to living into God’s call for your life. When we find ourselves amid challenging seasons, it can take a community to remind us that God’s plan for us includes a “future filled with hope.” Remember:
If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others, we encourage you to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room. In addition, there are several other crisis resources available to you. Several are listed below.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Crisis Text Line is a United States nonprofit organization providing free crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization’s services are available 24 hours a day every day throughout the US by texting 741741.
Johnson County Mental Health Center maintains professional clinical staff on duty 24-hours-a-day to provide mental health Emergency Services to Johnson County residents.
Assessments provided by appointment.
Our Congregational Care pastors are here to offer support for all aspects of life, including those times that feel the darkest. To get connected with pastoral care, please call (913) 544-0712. If there is an urgent need for pastoral care after office hours, please call our pager number: (913) 544-0799. The pastor on call will return your page as soon as possible.
Our Counseling Ministries also works to help connect our church family and community with mental health resources. This includes referrals to mental health professionals on our approved referral list as well as on-site counseling with graduate interns. Submit a request for a counseling referral here.
This guide is designed to give you and those around you the tools to make sure you’re planning, collaborating, and expending energy in a way that draws you closer together. We hope that by using this guide, families are better equipped to identify and share their emotional experiences with each other. We hope people will be more comfortable reaching out for help and more comfortable extending a hand to help others. If this sounds like something you’d appreciate, this guide is for you. Download it here.
The Anxiety and Depression Support Group is a safe place where God's healing can take place during your journey to a healthier life, free from anxiety and depression. During the meetings, we explore strategies for overcoming anxiety and depression through education, self-exploration, book studies, and group discussions. We support each other by sharing personal challenges in this small caring community as we strive for healthier lives. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you. Visit our webpage for details.
The books below are recommended by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
Bob Baugher, Ph.D., and Jack Jordan, Ph.D., 2002.
This excellent handbook is organized chronologically to follow the days, weeks, and months after a suicide loss. It includes straightforward information about psychiatric disorders, when to seek professional help, and practical strategies for coping and healing.
U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith, 2006.
A personal account by the U.S. Senator from Oregon, whose 21-year-old son took his own life, and whose speech on the Senate floor led to overwhelming bipartisan support for the passage of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, which increased federal funding to prevent youth suicide.
Rebecca Anderson (Author/Suicide Loss Survivor), Laurie Phillips (Artist/Storyteller), 2016.
This beautifully illustrated 5-book set depicts the aftermath of a husband/father’s suicide through the eyes and in the words of his wife and children (ages 19, 7, and 5).
The brief books Becky, Pattie, Aidan, and Will explore the feelings of suicide loss survivors of any age and the healing power of art. The fifth book, Parenting the Suicide Survivors’ Club, is a short memoir by mom Rebecca that reflects the challenges of holding a family together as the sole remaining parent.
Linda H. Kilburn, M.S.W., 2008.
A clinical hospice social worker and survivor of her daughter’s suicide, Kilburn offers practical advice for well-meaning friends and family who want to reach out and be supportive after a suicide, but aren’t sure what to do or say.
Christopher Lukas and Henry Seiden, 2007.
Co-authored by a psychologist and a survivor of multiple suicide losses, this book is written with sensitivity and understanding. The authors offer simple, constructive suggestions for healing, along with straightforward information and a message of hope.
For questions about Crisis Prevention call Denise Mersmann at (913) 544-0728, or email using the form below.
The Anxiety/Depression Support Group is a safe place for you to encounter God's healing during your journey to a healthier life, free from anxiety and depression. During the meetings, we explore strategies for overcoming anxiety and depression through education, self-exploration, book studies and group discussions. We support each other by sharing personal challenges in this small caring community as we strive for healthier lives. No registration required.
Please email Victoria Edmondson for more information.
For questions about Live Well: Anxiety and Depression Small Group call Victoria Edmondson , or email using the form below.
This support group offers resources for people affected by mood disorders. Our support groups are a great place to regain self-confidence, find emotional support and simply be among people who understand.
We are meeting online Thursdays at 7 pm in person at Resurrection Leawood and via Zoom. Email Denise.Mersmann@cor.org for more information.
For questions about Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Overland Park (DBSA) call Denise Mersmann at (913) 544-0728, or email using the form below.
We offer two ongoing support groups for those affected by cancer. Both groups meet via Zoom at this time.
1st Thursdays | Feb. 4 - May 6 | 5:30-7 pm | online
The Men's Cancer Support Group is a monthly ministry for men in all stages of cancer treatment, offering emotional and spiritual support. This group is led by Congregational Care Minister David Contag and meets online.
4th Thursdays | 6:30
The Women's Cancer Prayer Support Group, or Glow Girls (God Loving Optimistic Women), is a monthly ministry for women who are currently experiencing cancer treatment or learning to adjust to life after treatment. The ministry offers women of all ages prayerful comfort, encouragement, support and the compassion of new friendships. God walks with us as we journey through cancer and we feel this presence as we travel through both dark valleys and bright meadows. This group is led by Congregational Care Minister Sharon Lovell.
For more information, email Denise.Mersmann@cor.org.
For questions about Cancer Support Groups call Denise Mersmann at (913) 544-0728, or email using the form below.
It's really hard providing long-term health care for loved ones, and we want to be here to support you. We currently have two caregiver support groups - a general caregiver group (online option) and a group more specific to those caring for loved ones experiencing dementia (in person only). Please refer to the information below for how to gain access to those meetings.
*Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, KU Caregiver Support Groups will not be held in January.
2nd Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm: Join us in person at our Leawood location in Room B158 or online through Zoom – we are offering a hybrid class, having some folks join in person and some join online. This group is led by Pastor Claire Saunders Clough and is a general caregiver support group which includes faith-based resources for support, prayer, and a brief devotional.
For information about these meetings, please email Claire Clough or call her at (913) 232-4124.
2nd Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm: Meets at the Leawood location in Room B152. This is a dementia specific caregiver support group for those care partners with a loved one in the early stages of dementia. This class is led by Amy Yeager, LMSW KU ADC, from KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. A coordinating support group for those experiencing mild cognitive impairment or early-stage Alzheimer’s or Dementia meets at the same time. Learn more about that support group here.
For more information about these meetings, please call Amy at (913) 945-7663.
For questions about Caregiver Support Groups call Claire Saunders Clough at (913) 232-4124, or email using the form below.
KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center is hosting a support group for individuals experiencing mild cognitive impairment or early-stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia to discuss diagnosis, challenges presented by memory issues, learn new tips/ways to compensate and promote wellness strategies.
If you are interested in this group, please contact Amy Yeager at (913) 945-7663 for a required pre-attendance conversation.
A coordinating support group for caregivers of loved ones experiencing early-stage Alzheimer's or Dementia meets at the same time. Learn more about that group here.
*The Church supports state and local COVID-19 guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, including with respect to isolation and quarantine. Recognizing that not everyone has been – or can be – vaccinated, we ask you to consider your personal situation and self-monitor for symptoms and close contact when considering your attendance at any Church event. Masks are currently required by the University of Kansas Health System for anyone participating in programs they offer at any location. Thank you for your cooperation.
For questions about Early-Stage Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group call Courtney Felzke at (913) 232-4130, or email using the form below.
Online & In-Person, Room B253, 6:30-7:45 pm
God heals even the pain of divorce. Divorce Recovery for Women is a weekly class designed to offer a place where God’s healing can take place, no matter where you are in the process of recovery.
During this class, we’ll explore issues facing Christian women during and after divorce. Through education and group discussions, we will address such topics as identity, boundaries, recognizing healthy grief, intimacy and sexuality, the effect of divorce on children and strategies for managing feelings of loneliness and isolation as we learn to depend on God for guidance and comfort.
Email Debbe Smith for the Zoom meeting information.
For questions about Women's Divorce Support Group call Claire Saunders Clough at (913) 232-4124, or email using the form below.
Interact with other men who understand. This ongoing group is designed to be a safe, confidential setting where men can share what it’s like to go through divorce. The class will include educational presentations and group discussion. Topics covered include loss and grief, stages of divorce, coping with anger, basic rights and needs, healthy relationships, effects on children, exploring forgiveness, negotiating the holidays and moving forward with confidence as we allow God to heal us.
Email Terry Smith for Zoom meeting information.
For questions about Men's Divorce Support call Claire Saunders Clough at (913) 232-4124, or email using the form below.
The COR Single Mom's group is a special ministry that provides a community for single Moms to develop and grow friendships, gain knowledge on how to successfully navigate the issues and challenges that single Moms face, and also provides a space for single Moms to find peace, love, joy, and faith in their journey.
If you would like additional information, please contact Angela Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about Single Moms Group call Angela Paul at n/a, or email using the form below.
Job Club is not meeting Friday, December 24th, or Friday, December 31st.
The Job Club meets in person at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS 66224 in Building C, Room C041. You can also join us online. The Zoom information is posted on this LinkedIn page each week (usually by Thursday morning).
The Resurrection Job Club invites all who are looking for new employment to join us for networking, accountability, inspiration, and support. This group is led by Congregational Care Minister and local business leader Matt Dantzler.
For questions about Job Club call Jennifer Creagar at (913) 544-0739, or email using the form below.
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