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Financial Assistance

In our church family, we know there are many individuals and families facing financial hardship given our current economy. Often families cannot make ends meet, which makes it difficult to handle today let alone plan for the future.

The Financial Assistance Ministry seeks to support and encourage those in need by connecting them with resources both inside and outside of our church community. Our Community Care Staff will work with individuals, helping them to develop a plan that will not just meet their immediate needs but help them plan for the future. If you are a NorthRidge Member or Regular Attender and would like to receive Financial Assistance, please click here.

If you have any questions you can contact us by phone at 734.414.7777 and ask for the Community Care Office.

For those interested in scheduling an appointment for help with budget planning and the like, please contact us by phone at 734.414.7777 – ask for the Stewardship office.

 
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Food Assistance

Our NorthRidge Church Food Assistance Program is supported by our caring and compassionate church family. Grocery cards as well as a variety of gift cards (i.e. gas cards) are donated during our Annual Food Drive as well as sacrificial donations given at random throughout the year. Through our Food Assistance Program we are able to assist the NorthRidge Church families in need through gift card distribution.

For those non-attenders we supply non-perishable food items to Food Pantries in the Plymouth, Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit area.

 
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Homebound

Our Homebound Ministry is designed to extend the love, comfort, and compassion of Jesus Christ to those in our church family who are temporarily or permanently homebound. This is a volunteer driven ministry that connects homebound individuals with volunteers that provide visits, phone calls, & cards and letters of encouragement.

Because people matter to God and therefore matter to His church, we want members who are confined to their homes to know that they are still an integral part of the NorthRidge Church family. If you have a loved one that would like to receive our Homebound services, a ministry volunteer would love the opportunity to build a one-to-one friendship with them.

 
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Minor Home/Auto Repair

Helping Hands is a team of NorthRidge volunteers that offer their time and talents to provide minor home and automobile repairs to those in our church family. This service is offered to those who have limited financial resources.  For additional information or to inquire about this service for yourself, or another attendee / member, please contact us below.

 
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Support/Recovery

Anger Resolution

Are you a captive to unresolved resentment? Has anger “broken into” your heart and robbed you of joy and peace? Take control of your anger, so that it never again controls you!

This Men’s Group is a Christ-centered support group for men seeking to gain the upper hand by discovering biblical principles and constructive methods for overcoming such overwhelming emotions. You’ll learn about healthy vs. destructive anger, and how to trust Jesus for emotional control as we will walk through a 13-step program of interactive exercises that will help you handle your anger and restore healthy emotions

Please purchase “The Anger Trap” book by Les Carter to be used in the group discussion. These are available in our bookstore.

Childcare is Available Childcare Fees

 
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Beyond Betrayal

More than a support group for women whose husbands are caught in the web of sexual addiction, Beyond Betrayal is an open and ongoing group that addresses loving an addicted person and getting results. The curriculum includes an established workbook with Biblical principles. The partner of the sex addict will develop strategies to help herself and her addicted loved one.

Many resources will be made available, as well as support and encouragement from those who have been there and/or are on the same journey.

Childcare is Available Childcare Fees

 
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Codependency

Conquering Codependency Group (co-ed) is for a family member or concerned person of an alcoholic, substance abuser or person from a dysfunctional background that is interfering with relationships. This may be a spouse, child, friend, parent, etc. and the group offers support and encouragement to individuals dealing with codependent tendencies. They follow the curriculum called Conquering Codependency which is available in our LifeMatters Resource Center.

The group’s purpose is to create an atmosphere in which people can share their experiences, strengths and hope with one another. It is our goal to direct family members to an intimate, dependent relationship with Jesus Christ so wholeness and healing are possible. Support and accountability are important to the group.

Childcare is Available! Childcare Fees

 

 
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Divorce Care / Divorce Care 4 Kids

Divorce is an ongoing, class/support group for men and women who are experiencing separation, going through a divorce or have been divorced in the past. This class features videotape seminar sessions and also provides small group discussion where individuals can share with other who are experiencing similar struggles as they transition through the divorce process. There is a workbook that is used called “DivorceCare” which is available in our resource center bookstore for purchase

Childcare is Available Childcare Fees

Also offered: DivorceCare 4 Kids

  • DC4K is for children ages 6-13 which helps them find encouragement from other children who are going through similar situations in their lives. They follow a Christian curriculum that is part of the Divorce program.
 
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Elder Care

The Elder Care group offers a safe place for spouses, adult children of aging adults, and other caregivers to find support and comfort in the challenges of being a care provider. Through the love of Jesus, the group provides a comfortable place to share, seek answers, understand and find peace and comfort as you realize you’re not alone on this journey. Individuals will learn tools and ways to cope through group discussion and Christian-based curriculum in order to provide care in a compassionate and joyful manner.

Childcare is Available Childcare Fees

 
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Grief

The purpose of the Grief group is to help those who are grieving the physical death of a loved one. Losses of various sorts and degrees are always experienced in life and yet the coping skills to deal with those losses may not have adequately been taught to us. Grieving requires feeling, sharing the loss and feelings with another, being accepted and then releasing them to the Lord at several levels before it can be adequately healed. Come and join in this group to find care and encouragement from others as you go through this difficult time.

Please purchase the Workbook “GriefShare” – available in the LifeMatters Resource Center – for the group discussion.

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Infant Loss

When the anticipation of your child’s birth turns into the grief of miscarriage, tubal pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death, no words on earth can ease your pain and loss. But there is strength and encouragement in the wisdom of others who have been there and in God’s comfort that is real.

This group will encourage you along your healing journey. With the help of the devotional book, “Grieving the Child I Never Knew,” the author offers comfort and reassurance of God’s presence as you grieve the loss of a child you never got to know. You will be able to grieve honestly, share with others and present your hurts before God and begin receiving the healing that He alone can give.

Infertility Support

Have you experienced the heartache and disappointment of infertility or the pain of loss through miscarriage or failed adoptions? Join others and be encouraged as you share with one another and find support together through discussion and study of “Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage and Adoption Loss” by Jennifer Saake.

Hannah’s heart beat with a mother’s love long before she was blessed with a child. Through the years of waiting and longing, her gentle heart was nearly crushed under the weight of grief. You can meet Hannah in the pages of 1 Samuel, chapters 1 and 2. The Bible says she was “barren,” and we know she suffered heartache, anguish, and grief because of her empty arms. Perhaps you do too. Hannah’s Hope is for all who long for a child yet to be conceived, grieve for a baby too soon passed from the womb, or have lived through the no-man’s-land of failed adoption. It is intended as a guide to assist you in making wise decisions as you struggle through your grief. And by the end of the journey, God may surprise you by the ways He uses to answer your heart’s cry. Compassionately written by a woman who knows well these painful struggles, Hannah’s Hope will direct you to the Source of strength, whose name is “the God of all comfort.”

Childcare is provided for ages infant through age 12.
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Men’s Integrity

The Men’s Recovery Group is a Christ-centered support group for men seeking recovery from a variety of issues. This may include relationship difficulties, pornography addiction, lust and possibly compulsive sexual behaviors. The cornerstone for our recovery is the power and love of Jesus Christ. We recognize that without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we would not have the ability to overcome our hurts, hang-ups and habits.

Our recovery “house” is built upon the fellowship of the group, having a safe place to share our struggles, pain, and victories, the accountability of the group, and the mutual support of group members throughout the week.

Materials used in this group for discussion are the book and workbook “At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry” by Steven Gallagher. These are available for you to purchase in our bookstore.

Support group for spouses: If you are the wife/partner of someone struggling with sexual addiction, we encourage you to attend our Beyond Betrayal group. It meets on Mondays at 7p in conjunction with the men’s group and your spouse will find great support from others at this group.

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Military Veterans & Families

Come together with other military families to share similar life experiences and challenges as you handle active or previous military life, and/or transitions back home.

Sexual Abuse

“SHOUT” – Sharing Hearts Openly Understanding Truth – is a Christ-centered group for women in recovery from past sexual abuse/trauma.

We respect and acknowledge each woman’s right to be where she needs to be on her own road to recovery. We acknowledge the sensitivity we need to have for each member of this group so we must remember that “What we hear, let it stay here.” In SHOUT groups, telling ourselves the truth about the sexual abuse in a safe setting is an essential step toward believing that the Lord will guide us to further understanding, healing and wholeness. The process of healing is most effective for those who have a strong support system.

Materials used: “On the Threshold of Hope” and “Shelter from the Storm” and are available in our LifeMatters Resource Center. Interview & Registration required prior to attending contact below or call 734.233.3703

Childcare is Available Childcare Fees

 
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Single & Parenting

As a single parent, you know there aren’t many people who truly understand the unique challenges you face. You deeply desire to do what’s best for your kids, and you worry that you aren’t. Sometimes, it’s all you can do to survive from one day to the next.

Join other single parents and be part of a group discussion based on the workbook “Single & Parenting” where you will find hope and encouragement from others who are living similar experiences. You can purchase the workbook in our Resource Center bookstore.

Childcare is provided for ages infant through age 12.
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Substance Abuse

You will find the help, hope and healing you have always longed for as you work through Christ-centered 12 steps.  You will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking, and you will no longer have to rely on your dysfunctional, compulsive and/or negative behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain. You will be able to share your experience, strength and hope with others. Separate Groups for Men and Women are offered.

Workbook provided and used in discussion at group is called “Recovery-It’s a God Thing.”

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Victorious Women

Life as a woman today is full of many roles, distractions and, at times, pressure from work, family, physical issues and time commitments. Where do women go to be refreshed and renewed?

Join this open, ongoing group for women and be part of engaging conversation, digging into God’s Word and find encouragement and support. The group discusses various studies which provide biblical tools to help discover God’s ways to be a stronger woman and find community with others.

 

Current Session
Winter Session: Group discussion will be based on the DVD study, “STUCK” by Jennie Allen.

Do you feel stuck? So many of us live stuck. Stuck trying to seem perfect. Stuck in sadness. Stuck feeling numb. Stuck pursuing more stuff to make us happy. Stuck in something we can’t even name. These stuck places often go unattended inside of us and they are shaping our lives more than we would like to think. We’ve been trying to fix this feeling with everything but…

GOD. He has a plan for these spaces inside of us, the places we feel broken,k but we have to go to Him. Stuck is a journey to take an honest look at the fight going on inside, leading us to the God who has a plan to restore it, to restore us.

The lessons in this study offer tools to dig into Scripture, to deeply engage the mind and heart. Because as we realize that our stuck places are the very places that make us ache for God, we find Him waiting there for us with hope and freedom.

Able to join at any time.

Childcare is Available at Plymouth only Childcare Fees

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Grosse Ile Campus: Register

 

Spring Session

Spring session: “Reclaiming Your Heart” by Denise Hildreth-Jones
Begins Monday, March 16, 7-9p.

Have you ever …
*said, “Those were the best years of my life?”
*believed that your past disqualified you for your future?
*thought one more care (or one more house or one more piece of cake) would fulfill you?

A failed relationship, a health crisis, a job loss, the death of a loved one–all can cause us to hide out, go numb, give up. Before we even know it, we’re simply coping with life instead of living it to the fullest. But you can reclaim your God-designed heart! This study will help women to identify ways they have given their heart to “lesser gods’ like performance, people pleasing and control. Find your way back to God’s design for your life – to laughing, loving, and living life to the fullest.

Join this group at any time at 3 regional campuses: PLYMOUTH, BRIGHTON, GROSSE ILE.
Childcare provided ONLY at Plymouth.
Purchase book “Reclaiming your Heart” in Resource Center bookstore.

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Brighton Campus: Register
Grosse Ile Campus: Register

 
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Classes

Authentic Men

Where do you go when life doesn’t make sense? There are so many distractions and pressures around us today – work, family, time commitments, etc. Sometimes the “noise” keeps us from focusing on what really matters and how we can grow on our journey with God. Join other men and discuss ways to learn how God designed you to be. Various studies will help you discover how to be a better son, husband, father, and friend and improve your relationships with others. This is an open and ongoing group.

 

Current Session
“When Life Hurts” by Jimmy Evans / Feb. 16 – March 9

We all experience emotional pain–and even devastation–in our lives, but few of us know how to deal with it properly. Our unresolved pain accumulates deep within the recesses of our hearts, in a place Jimmy Evans calls the “hurt pocket.” The more pain we accumulate, the more we are mentally, emotionally, and relationally crippled. But what if we could reach into that hurt pocket, confront our pain, and experience release and freedom?

Jimmy Evans shows readers how to completely remove and resolve every negative event from their past that is compromising their present and keeping them from their God-given destiny. He helps readers forgive others and themselves and discover true inner peace.

Groups at Plymouth and Grosse Ile. Childcare provided at Plymouth only.

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Spring Session

Spring study begins March 16 – “Wild at Heart”

Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
A man needs adventure…in his work, in his love, and in his spiritual life. Deep in his heart he wants a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue because that’s how God created him. The problem is deep wounds from earlier years have taken away his confidence and in some cases, his masculinity.

Come join this men’s discussion group based on John Eldredge’s principles in “Wild at Heart,” and start your journey toward discovering how God can heal wounded hearts and put a spirit of adventure back in your life.

Groups offered at 3 regional campuses: Plymouth, Brighton, Grosse Ile
Childcare provided ONLY at Plymouth.
Purchase book “Wild at Heart” in Resource Center bookstore.

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Boundaries

When to say “yes’ and how to say “no” to take control of your life. Are you in control of your life? Do people take advantage of you? Do you have trouble saying no? Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limits and limitations. Have you ever found yourself wondering:

  • Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
  • How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
  • Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?

Come to this group and find support from others as you work through the curriculum by Drs. Cloud and Townsend and get started making positive changes in your relationships today! Please purchase the Boundaries book for this class available in our LifeMatters Resource Center

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Changes that Heal

Changes that Heal is a group to help women who are now or have been entangled in relationships that are not healthy. The purpose of the group is to understand your past to ensure a healthier future. It is our goal to break down the barriers that are blocking your happiness. This group is currently studying “Changes that Heal” by clinical psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud.

  • Do you feel dissatisfied?
  • Are you depressed?
  • Do you feel alone or unable to cope?
  • Are you anxious or do you have trouble relaxing?

If the answer is yes, Dr. Cloud’s study has a simple four-step plan that can change your life. Get the most out of your life, heal the wounds of your past, and work toward building lasting, loving relationships. You can purchase the book and workbook materials in our LifeMatters Resource Center.

Book and workbook to be purchased is “Changes that Heal” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. These are available in our bookstore.

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Depression & Anxiety

Do you have feelings of sadness, hopelessness or even suicide? Do you have trouble concentrating or have strong anxiety episodes? Have you experienced scary, uncontrollable, thoughts or a change in sleep and eating habits? These are just a few of the symptoms relating to depression or anxiety.

It has been proven through studies that just learning about depression and anxiety can help lessen the symptoms. In addition to the coping tools that you learn in this group, you will be in fellowship with other men and women who know what you are going through. They feel the same things you do. And, they are going through the same struggles.

This group is all about helping depression and anxiety sufferers to take action and use their trials to live victorious and fruitful lives. It can be done. We will be using the workbook “Learning to Tell Myself the Truth” by William Backus which is available for purchase in the LifeMatters Resource Center.

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Healthy Living

Don’t you want to feel better, be stronger, think sharper, and look better a year from today? It’s your choice! The first step in the new changes you’ve always wanted to make in your life start NOW!

The Daniel Plan was designed by world medical authorities – Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mehmet Oz and the Saddleback Pastoral and Healthcare ministries to educate participants and encourage them to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Group discussion is based on video segments, as well as the book and workbook for “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life”. Please purchase materials in our Resource Center bookstore.

Join other men and women who want to get healthy – God’s way!

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JobSeekers

Whether you are actively searching or just thinking about looking for a new job, the JobSeekers will help you along the way. Topics covered will include the Soft Skills all employers want, Resume Preparation, Interviewing, and how to use Social Media and Networking in your search. There is no cost to attend the regular Monday night meetings, and no need to pre-register as this is a drop-in format.

Open Group Format/Forum meets every Monday night.
Additional daytime group meets Wednesdays, 10a.m. – noon.

Childcare is Available Childcare Fees

Marriage

Marriage Builders is a weekly lifeskills group for people who have the desire to build or rebuild their relationship in marriage. It’s a place to be with people who understand what challenges are faced in marriage. They know what you are going through and can offer support, help and hope. There are small groups created within the class and a facilitator “couple” leads/guides each group in the discussion of the Christian-based curriculum for that session. You will learn valuable tools to make your marriage strong, learn how to forgive, how to seek the Lord during the process of healing, and how to grow during the difficulties of life.

Winter 2015 class, beginning January 5, will be based on “The Third Option” and materials will be provided for you at the group.

Many of us manage marriage as a series of choices between his desires and her desires, between “peace at any price” and “letting it all hang out.” Because they tend to move us to extremes, these options don’t bring us together. With “The Third Option,” you can learn how to break through the clutter of past baggage and misunderstandings and build an effective, loving relationship.

The Third Option is an ongoing group program to build better marriages. come for enrichment. Come for support from other couples and to learn the tools needed to have a successful marriage. Or come because you don’t know where else to turn, but you care about your marriage and want to make it work.

Topics covered are:

Handling Anger constructively
Ending the Blame Game
Understanding Expectations
Dealing with Personality Differences
Breaking the Hurt Cycle
Communication Skills
Redefining the Power Struggle
Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage
Building a Climate of Respect
How to Fight Fair
Forgiveness & Repair
Rebuilding Trust and Control Issues
 

Childcare available – ages infant -12 – for $5.00/one child and $3.00/additional children.

 
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Premarriage Class

NorthRidge Church wants to help prepare you for a healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime. We encourage every engaged couple to invest in this 8-week class and process no matter where you plan to get married. [if you are not engaged but looking for couple mentoring please contact CARE at 734.414.7777 ext 3656]

Our Premarriage Program includes the following:
Prepare/Enrich Assessment
Pastoral Premarriage Interview
Premarriage Classes

Couples who are requesting to get married at NorthRidge Church or who would like a NorthRidge Church Pastor officiate their wedding offsite are required to complete all three of these program requirements. If you still have questions about the Premarriage Program after reading through the information on our site, feel free to contact us.

 
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Starting Point

Are you a new believer or still checking out Christianity? Or have you been “away” from God for awhile and want to reconnect with Him? Check out a Starting Point Group meeting on Monday night. Find out more and register by clicking the button below.

 
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