In this small group led by those who understand, you will find the help and encouragement you need following the death of a loved one or friend. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who walk  with you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Each week, the GriefShare group watches a video featuring experts on grief and recovery. After viewing the video, those attending spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video and what is going on in their lives. During the week, you will have the opportunity to use a GriefShare workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.

It is not necessary to wait until a new GriefShare group starts because you are welcome to begin attending at any session. Each session is self-contained, so you do not have to attend them in sequence.  Simply continue with a new GriefShare group through the next 13-week cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.

A new GriefShare group will begin in the next several months. If you are interested in joining, please contact the church office at 863-956-1701 to register.

 

 

 

First United Methodist Church and the Lake Alfred Elementary School partner together in this program to bring the reading levels of first and second graders up to grade level.  Reading Buddies will be returning this school year, so if you are interested in participating, please contact the church office. A minimum of 12 volunteers is necessary for the best success of this program. All volunteers will be required to pass the background check available through the school board.

 

 

Solos

About 17 years ago, a group was formed in the church made up entirely of single ladies.  Most are widows but are single for any reason — they often have many things in common that they discuss; other times the women are simply a group enjoying lunch together.  The group began with six women but now consists of a much larger cross section of the congregation.  They meet the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am.  A restaurant is selected a month or two ahead and prior to the luncheon, the hostess contacts each person to remind them of the meeting and where.  The group is made up of many but on average, 12 to 16 attend this enjoyable outing.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the church office at 863-956-1701.

 

 

PEP Groups

For the last 16 years, the church has had social groups called PEP – People Enjoying People – Groups.  The purpose of each group is to get to know,  on a personal basis, people in the church through sharing a meal once a month.  Each group consists of 8 to 12 people made up of couples and singles.  These groups meet together as a group for one year; at the end of that time, new groups are formed so that each person gets to know another group of people.  Solid friendships are often formed through these meetings and groups do not want to separate.  However, they can always continue to see each other but all groups will separate and new groups will be formed.

At the present time, 61 people in five different groups meet in the evenings.  Each group decides when and where they will meet.  There is a designated caller who is responsible for getting the group started.  It is never too late to get involved and all love meeting new people.  Please contact the church office at 863-956-1701 for more information and to join a group.  These groups are a wonderful way to meet new friends and enjoy group dining.  Almost all groups choose to eat in restaurants but there is no reason it could not be in homes. At the present time, all five groups meet at night.  In the past, there have been lunch groups and if there is enough interest, a lunch group will gladly be set up. All that is required is a caller to serve as the contact and at least four to six interested people.

 

 

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Calling all men! The Men’s Fellowship Breakfasts are regrouping following their hiatus during COVID. Please join other men in meeting on Thursday mornings at 8:00 am (new time!) at the Lake Alfred Diner. There, men will meet in fellowship before starting their day. Simply meet at the diner to join in.

 

 

Annual Pumpkin Festival and Patch

We are pleased to announce that our annual Pumpkin Patch returns this year!  Pumpkins are scheduled to be delivered on Saturday, October 16, at 9:00 a.m.  We will open the Patch for sales that afternoon and the Pumpkin Patch will be open daily through October 30! We also welcome schools and youth groups to visit our patch; please contact the church office at 863-956-1701 to schedule your time in the Patch!

We are also excited to announce that our 10th annual Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, October 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Pumpkin Festival is an old-fashioned, family-friendly event that features, games, train rides, pony rides, dunk tank, bounce houses, hamburgers/hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, and prizes. This event is FREE to the public!

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Festival!