Living Hope Group at Elizabeth of Christ

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13 October, 2020

Living Hope was formed in 2018 to provide support for parents who are living with, or supporting family members, who are either addicted to substances or suffering from mental health issues. When a person is caught up in addiction or suffering from mental health problems it not only affects them but also the wider family.  It is particularly difficult for the parents who often feel like they are the only ones grappling with these issues.

This group is run by Pat Cailes and Mark Zerna and meets once a month with about 14 people being involved.  The meetings usually consist of a presentation either by video or a guest speaker on a topic that is relevant for those present.  Then there is an opportunity for anyone to share what has been happening in their situation and it ends with a time of praying for each other.

A variety of resources is available for group members and connections have been made with a local Christian counsellor and a drug service called Drug Arm.  As drug use continues to escalate around us, this type of support service will become increasingly important.  We are praying about setting up similar ministry in Elizabeth South where our church has an op shop and a small café.


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