05 Jun Infertility Support Group
It’s been on my heart for about a year now to start an Infertility Support Group through my church. They currently have tons of recovery and support groups, except they don’t have anything for infertiles. During my spring women’s bible study they mentioned this summer women could create summer studies; crafts, fitness group, book clubs, bible studies, etc. I knew that this was the chance to start a group for infertiles.
Details were handed out in our church bulletin (along with my name on it, so now the church world knows I’m an infertile – totally ok with this) and they were posted on the church website too. They read:
“A group for women who are experiencing infertility and/or miscarriage: We will connect with others with similar experiences as we encourage each other through Scripture. Our goal is for women to know they are not alone and to find hope, encouragement, and purpose.”
So tonight is the first night we are meeting. We had 6 girls sign up. Of course, I’m sure there are more struggling, but I also know it’s a very vulnerable and sensitive topic. I think 6 will be a good number. I’m excited to get to know the girls, spend time in prayer and the word, and encourage each other. We are also going to be reading Pregnant with Hope. I’ve read it once before and look forward to reading it again. It covers everything from feeling desperate to finding hope during infertility.
My prayer is that all the women would find each Wednesday night to be a safe place where they can share their story and feelings. I pray we can all encourage each other to place our ultimate hope and trust in Christ!
When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 11:28 – The Message
Perfect Power in WeaknessPosted at 12:52h, 05 June
I love, love, love that you’re starting this. What an amazing blessing to the women that will come! How did your 1st meet up go?
AmandaPosted at 12:55h, 05 June
This is AMAZING!!! Kudos to you for doing this! I’ve wanted to start a group for a long time, but I always assume no one else would be in this boat/care/come. Keep us updated on how it goes!!!
AmiePosted at 13:04h, 05 June
This is amazing!! I don’t think we have quite a big enough for church for something like this but it’s such a wonderful idea. This is such a blessing for you all to be able to support each other 🙂
Bridget PitneyPosted at 13:26h, 05 June
What a great things to start. I’m sure you will be a blessing to so many through it.
dspencePosted at 14:36h, 05 June
This is so amazing! I tried to start up a similar group at the church we were visiting in early 2012 and got shot down. I’m SO excited for you!!!
RisPosted at 15:29h, 05 June
I am so excited to hear about your first meeting! What a great idea- terrific way to support each other in your church. Blogging is cool, but that must be great to have women in person to talk with, going through similar experiences. I’ll be praying for you all on Wed nights!
AubreyPosted at 16:21h, 05 June
This is so great! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
nogoodeggsPosted at 16:23h, 05 June
congraulations on starting your group! You should be very proud of yourself! You were not held back by fears! You are doing an awesome thing for these womens!
EmilyPosted at 21:49h, 05 June
Wow, what a wonderful thing you are doing! There is a woman who lives a few hours away from me in Houston (unfortunately) that did this same thing in her church…which happens to be the church I watch on TV each week with pastor Joel Osteen.
Anways, she has a great website and just released a book you could use for topics and devotion if you are interested. Feel free to check it out if you need ideas for things to discuss… http://dancinguponbarrenland.com/
ErikaPosted at 17:31h, 05 June
This is awesome– I’m so encouraged that six people signed up for it!! I can’t wait to see what comes from this…it could be so comforting just to know that there are 6 other people in real life that GET IT, you know??! Wow! This is so great! I hope it goes really well!!
LauraPosted at 23:29h, 05 June
Wow, that is so great!! I wish I had something like that to go to where I live, I would really enjoy being able to connect with more people locally.
It is so amazing that you’re doing this, and I can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂
Nathalie WillmottPosted at 23:44h, 05 June
Sensational! I wish there was opportunity for this when we were struggling! But I do have a close friend who has been trying for 2.5 years and the wait for her continues, and her support for me has been the best. Not many people like to talk about infertility, but what a great place to be when you are in your darkest days of struggle, to be able to calls upon these women to pray, listen and support you! xx
ElizabethPosted at 03:12h, 06 June
Wow! Good for you! I hope you get a good turnout and can have a good support system! We started one at our church too and no one ever really came. I hope this is another really good way to connect for you. 🙂
AmyPosted at 16:49h, 06 June
This is amazing! The Lord is doing great things through you. You are already an encouragement to me, and I know you will be for the women you meet with in real life. I would love to attend a faith-based infertility group, but I would be one of those too shy to sign up, at least at first. Prays for you this summer!
CandacePosted at 15:09h, 07 June
This is awesome, and I’m currently working on the same thing! By working I mean I’m doing the research and finding out what’s the best way to go about this. It’s part of my summer project. I know the meetings are private and confidential, but I’d love to hear what resources you find especially helpful and any tips you glean along the way! May God bless this group!!
EmPosted at 18:01h, 11 June
What an amazing idea. I just love this. I think you are really brave for putting yourself out there like that and for doing something with your infertility in order to help others. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!