The purpose of this group is to meet and socialize with others who understand what it means to lose a spouse. There are no age limitations. Some members have young children, some are empty-nesters, while others are in the golden years of life. Our common bonds are that we are widows and widowers, and that we are explicitly Christian. Living on and living with purpose after the death of a spouse is one of life's greatest challenges. Helping and encouraging each other is one way to ease our own pain.
We get together for a variety of events. We play board games along with activities such as bowling and bocce ball, have pot lucks, and occasionally eat out or attend concerts or movies together. Helping each other with chores, small projects, or yard work is very satisfying for some members. We offer each other advice on where to take a car for servicing without being gouged, where to find a good doctor, or what to do with a problem lawn. However, visiting each other and encouraging one another is our primary objective. At the center of our group is the Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 34:18 says, The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We seek to honor Him in all that we do and say.
To insure the safety of members, everyone follows a process of approval. There are required questions, as well as a clear photo of yourself, and the attendance (if only briefly) of a Saturday afternoon time at our usual coffeehouse. This is for your protection as well as ours. You are welcome anytime to bring a friend or family member for support and security. We also understand that widowhood is a difficult journey, and if you feel that you're not ready to meet personally with us, we suggest an online forum where an in-person meeting is not required.