Group

Men

Group Title: Walking Free at First Baptist Woodstock   Non-denominational

Participants: Designed for those who have just begun exploring recovery and for those who have been in recovery for some time and are looking for a recovery community that will assist them in their ongoing recovery journey. Three requirements: 1) Acknowledge a habitual struggle with sexual sin and willing to work together with other men to find freedom. 2) A brief phone interview with a member of the Walking Free staff to determine if Walking Free is a fit for you and to answer any questions you may have about the group. 3) Sign a confidentiality agreement in order to protect the safety of the group.

Number of Participants: 250 active participants; approximately 150 on a Monday night

Name of Hosting Church: First Baptist Woodstock

Name of Facilitator: Troy Haas, MDiv

Physical Location/Address:11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188

Dates: Monday nights, ongoing

Open or Closed: It is a closed group, meaning that only people who have demonstrated readiness for the group are allowed to participate. New potential group participants are assessed for readiness and prepared for small group participation.

Cost: $50.00 one-time donation to cover cost of materials

Scholarships available: yes

Contact name: Troy Haas

Contact phone number:678-569-1784

Contact email: walkingfree@fbcw.net

Website: http://hopequestgroup.org/walking-free/

Content or additional info: The group begins in a large group setting with a time of worship, testimony, and teaching, followed by small groups of six to eight men led by a seasoned Walking Free participant who has become a member of the leadership team. Members experience authentic relationships as they work together through a core curriculum with other men who are able to identify with their pain, shame, and regret. Emphasis is placed on real and authentic relationship with God as well as other men. You can expect an environment of acceptance and grace in which men are honest and real with one another.  You can expect to be understood and encouraged as well as challenged and held accountable.

Women

Group Title: Journey at First Baptist Woodstock

Participants: Journey is a community of women who have experienced betrayal and loss as a result of their spouses’ struggle with life-dominating sexual sin. Three requirements: 1) Must have been or currently be in a serious relationship (dating steadily, engaged, married, separated, or divorced) with a man who struggles with some form of life-dominating sexual behavior/sin. This includes compulsive masturbation and fantasy, internet pornography, strip clubs, adult bookstores, prostitutes, voyeurism, exhibitionism, multiple affairs or one-night stands, anonymous sexual encounters, etc.  2) Participate in an intake interview via phone with a member of the Journey staff – to give you a chance to share your story in a safe and confidential way and to assess which small group will be the best fit for you. 3) Sign a confidentiality waiver in which you commit to keep confidential the identities of fellow sisters and information shared in group.

Name of Hosting Church: First Baptist Woodstock

Physical Location/Address: 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188

Dates: Wednesdays, ongoing

Starting-Ending Times: Morning 9:30am-12:00pm and evening 6:00-8:30pm (During the summer, only the evening group meets.)

Childcare: yes, Wednesday night from 6:00-8:00pm. (Women who have children in childcare share first and leave at 8:00.) The only costs associated with childcare are for materials for our Cubbies (ages 3-5) and Awanas (ages K-5th) programs. (Ask if you need financial help. Some scholarships are available.)

Open or Closed: It is a closed group, meaning that only people who have demonstrated readiness for the group are allowed to participate. New potential group participants are assessed for readiness and prepared for small group participation.

Cost: $50.00 one-time donation to cover cost of materials

Scholarships available: yes

Contact name: Bonnie Palma

Contact phone number:678-569-1776

Contact email: bonnie.palma@fbcw.net

Website: http://restorelife.us/our-ministries/journey/

Content or additional info: Begins with a large group time, opening with a song and a short time of teaching or devotion, followed by breaking into assigned small groups for sharing and accountability. On your first night you are invited to share your story, if you feel comfortable doing so. Other women will be sharing discoveries from their homework, asking questions, telling about struggles they are facing, or asking for accountability in some area. Small group time closes with prayer for each group member. Journey meets weekly to give women an opportunity to grieve with others who identify with their pain, to begin breaking free from harmful and distorted patterns of thinking, to learn how to set boundaries that guard their hearts, thoughts, and behaviors, and to allow God to use authentic relationships to heal and transform them from the inside out. Women on the journey together work through a core curriculum that addresses relevant issues and helps them reconnect with God in a time of daily devotion. They also experience the healing power of spiritual community as they deal with real-life hurts, struggles, and sins. In a word, Journey is about relationships—relationships with God and other believers that help women walk this life with grace and truth, no matter what choices their spouses may make along the way.

“Facing Heartbreak:” Hope and healing for partners of sex addicts

Building Intimate Marriages is pleased to offer “Facing Heartbreak;” a therapeutic group for women who have been negatively impacted by their partner’s sexual behaviors.

Participants will be welcomed into a confidential, supportive, and caring environment designed to help partners of sex addicts find healing from the impact of sexual betrayal, and be equipped to move forward with wisdom and hope.  Over the course of ten weeks, two female therapists will guide participants through sessions combining learning, processing, and support.

Group members will learn how to:

  • Process trauma symptoms resulting from deception and betrayal;
  • Cope with emotional aftershock;
  • Navigate the process of disclosure;
  • Develop healthy communication skills;
  • Implement wise decision-making;
  • Understand the process and stages of sexual addiction;
  • Formulate and implement wise boundaries;
  • And much more…

Fees:

The cost is $75 per 90 minute weekly session.  There is an initial $30 fee for the workbook, which will be available at the first meeting.  Sessions are pre-billed monthly.

Meeting Times and Location:

 

“Facing Heartbreak” will meet for ten weeks, March 10- May19, from 10:30am-noon.  Sessions will be held at Building Intimate Marriages in Suwanee, GA.

 

To Register:

 

Please call: _____  to schedule a free, 20 minute phone consultation to register for the group.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to this healing community!

 

Jenna Riemersma, MA, LAPC, ASATC, AMATC, is a licensed associate professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior.  She has been intensively trained in sex addiction treatment by Dr. Patrick Carnes and the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), and is an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate.  Jenna has experience treating sex addiction in residential and private practice contexts, and has been leading groups for partners of sex addicts since 2006.  Jenna strives to create a safe and supportive environment for partners to grief the losses associated with sexual betrayal, and to find healing and hope to move forward confidently in life.