Support Groups

Life has challenges, we all experience them, but sometimes, we need a little more support. Sometimes, the struggles are too much to bear alone. For this reason, we offer the following programs:

  • GriefShare/Compassionate Companions

    This is a support group using the GriefShare video and curriculum. A 12-week course for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Each session used a video seminar that features biblical teachings on grief, as well as real life stories of people who have experienced loss like yours. Come and learn about resiliency and renewed hope for the future. There is no cost except for an optional workbook for $15. Childcare may be arranged with one week’s prior notice. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Discipleship, 515.964.4249, for more information.

  • Live Well Course

    Overcoming DEPRESSION or ANXIETY with Live Well Classes
    If you, or someone you know, has suffered from depression or is plagued by anxiety, consider attending this program. Offered by our Ankeny Mental Health Ministry, this eight week course is an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program for preventing and beating depression and anxiety. You will develop a healthy lifestyle change that lasts by learning and sharing in a completely confidential setting, taking small steps to change habits, and adding one healthy habit each week. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Resources for Miscarriage or Death of a Newborn

    • Silent Grief: Miscarriage - Finding Your Way Through the Darkness by Clara Hinton New Leaf Press (AR) 
    • Grieving the Child I Never Knew: A Devotional Companion for Comfort in the Loss of Your Unborn or Newly Born Child by Kathe Wunnenberg Zondervan
    • I'll Hold You in Heaven Remembrance Book: Words of Comfort, Peace, Healing and Hope by Debbie Heydrick, Jack W. Hayford Regal Books
    • I'll Hold You in Heaven: Healing and Hope for the Parent Who Has Lost a Child Through . . . by Jack Hayford Regal Books
    Some Ministries which may be of help:
Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023