Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Life's Healing Choices to be Presented at Scio Church

Knights Creek Church Pastor Carl Kemp, his wife, Linda, left, and Anita Baird Jones will facilitate a new Sunday morning series, Life's Healing Choices, for those struggling with all types of situations and those wishing to come alongside them in a caring manner.  The series is being offered during the holiday season, starting December 2, due to increased angst, depression and isolation many experience at this time of year.
Life's Healing Choices, a free eight-week study and support for individuals, including teenagers, who are struggling and those who would like to help them effectively, is being added to two other holiday support opportunities hosted by a Scio church.
The lessons will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sundays, beginning December 2, as part of Knights Creek Church's Sunday School curriculum.  Individuals from other churches are invited to participate and still have time to attend 11 a.m. services at their own churches.  The church is located at 2987 Knights Creek Road (County Road 9), four miles south of Scio.
Pastor Carl Kemp said Knights Creek is finding through its other ministries that there potentially are thousands of individuals in Allegany County who are struggling with all types of life issues, many becoming particularly acute during the holidays.

The new study is designed to help people find freedom from hurts, hangups and habits that may even have been ongoing for years.
The eight-part DVD/gender-specific discussion series is taught by Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in California and author of the long-time, best-selling book, Purpose Driven Life.
It centers on life choices of admitting one's need for healing, getting help, being able to let go of past situations, making needed changes that allow healing to occur, repair of negative relationships, and more.
Knights Creek also is offering Surviving the Holidays and Help Grieving Children seminars for a second year at the church, and at the new Hope Center in Wellsville, along with other partnering locations that may wish to participate.
It also offers year-around Saturday night Celebrate Victory support, based on the international Celebrate Recovery ministry, also founded at Saddleback Church.  Knights Creek facilitators also participate in facilitating Celebrate Recovery Inside each week for inmates at Allegany County Jail, providing a means for prisoners on the inside and supportive family members and friends on the outside to learn the same type of information.
GriefShare Surviving the Holidays will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, November 25, at the church, followed immediately by Help Grieving Children for adults.
The same seminars will be held Wednesday, December 5, starting at 2 p.m. at the Hope Center, 4194 Bolivar Road (State Route 417) - Suite 5, Wellsville, with DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays being offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the same location, also followed by Help Grieving Children.
Celebrate Recovery | Celebrate Victory is offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays at the church, with refreshments at 6:45 p.m.
All sessions are available to those who are struggling and those who would like to come alongside them in an effective, caring manner.
There is a $5 cost for the Surviving the Holidays guidebooks for those who have not participated previously or retained the materials, with no cost for Help Grieving Children, Life's Healing Choices or Celebrate Recovery | Celebrate Victory sessions.
Pastor Kemp said all these supports reflect an ongoing desire by Knights Creek to serve as “the little country church with the heart of Christ.”
The church also offers a free weekly Community Dinner after its 11 a.m. Sunday worship services, followed by free music lessons for children and adults.  It holds a 6 p.m. Sunday night service, a 6 p.m. Wednesday night Bible study, and a 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. weekday community prayer gathering.  A free alternating coffee house and movie night is held the First Friday of the month for individuals and families.
Further information is available from Casey Jones, church outreach assistance, at or (484) 435-0503 and at  Pre-registration is required for the Surviving the Holidays and Help Grieving Children seminars only.