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Women

The Women’s Ministry is committed to encouraging the women of our church and community to love and follow Jesus.  It is our goal to raise up a generation of women who passionately seek after God, who know His Word, who want to serve others, and who desire to finish faithfully.

2022-2023 Ministry Year

We have three main areas of focus for our 2022-2023 ministry year.
  • God’s Word:  Includes Bible Studies & Discipleship. 
  • Mission: Includes opportunities to serve with our mission partners. 
  • Faith & Community: Includes mentoring and many of our special events. 

If you have questions, feel free to email Kelley Brown at kelleyb@mbcc.us.  Thank you!

Women’s Fall Bible Studies

All Bible Studies begin the week of September 12th unless otherwise noted.  Zoom option available for most studies upon request.  All studies will meet at the church unless otherwise noted.  If a book link is provided, you will need to purchase your own book prior to the first meeting. 

Childcare is available for children 4 and under for the morning studies. Childcare space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  See the options below, and click the orange box to register.

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MONDAYS
The Book of James
Led by Barbara Nevins, 9:30 am

TUESDAYS
The Book of Revelation
Led by Beth Yoe, 9:30 am
*Begins September 20th

Romans: Uncovering the Power of the Gospel and How It Saves Us Everyday by Kelley Brown
Led by Michelle Long, 9:30 am
Click here for the book link

The Saving Work of Jesus on Display in the Tabernacle
Led by Jane Hall, 6:30 pm
*Begins September 20, 6 weeks

With Us in the Wilderness: A Study of the Book of Numbers by Lauren Chandler
Led by Sara Beth Schneider, 7:00 pm
This study will meet in a home. Address provided upon registration. 
Click here for the book link

WEDNESDAYS
The Saving Work of Jesus on Display in the Tabernacle
Led by Jane Hall, 9:30 am
*Begins September 21, 6 weeks

The Book of Genesis
Led by Kay Gresham, 10:30 am

THURSDAYS
40 Days Through the Bible: The Answers to Your Deepest Longings by Lysa Terkeurst & the Proverbs 31 Ministries Team
Led by Tyler Watson, 9:30 am
Click here for the book link

When God Shows Up: Discovering God in Stories of Freedom
Led by Katie Crawford, 9:30 am
Click here for podcast & book link

FRIDAYS
God of Creation: A Study of Genesis 1-11 by Jen Wilkin
Led by Brennan  Hall, 9:30 am
Click here for the book link. 

OTHER OPTIONS
We also want to let you know of these other options. 

Community Bible Study
The Birmingham Women’s Evening Class of Community Bible Study (CBS) meets at MBCC on Monday nights.  CBS will cover 5 short studies this year including Colossians, James, Joshua and 1 & 2 Peter.  Join for all 5 studies or jump in when you can.  Starts September 12th.  For more details and to register, visit birminghamwomenseve.cbsclass.org.

 

Bible Study Fellowship
Bible Study Fellowship will embark on a nw study called “People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided!”  The study will include 1 & 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.  Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah will be studies where they fit into Israel’s storyline.  BSF meets at Bluff Park United Methodist on Monday nights (6:30-8:00) and begins on September 12th.  Register at www.bsfinternational.org.

Discipleship

A discipleship group (D-group) consists of 5-8 participants who commit to meeting together weekly for 18-24 months for the purpose of spiritual growth and replication.  Following the daily Bible reading plan in the book, Foundations, they read Scripture, journal their impressions, and then meet to discuss.  Upon completion of the book, each participant prayerfully considers launching her own D-group.  Please click the box to fill out the form if you are interested in committing to a discipleship group by August 31st.  

Harvest

Throughout the year, we periodically gather to serve with one of our church’s mission partners.  We have four dates lined up fo rthe fall.  Please register below so we can let the mission parters know how many people to expect.  We will provide more details closer to the date.  Childcare is offered for the September and December dates, but must be reserved in advance.  Registration forms will be posted a few weeks prior to each date.  

Wednesday, September 21, 9:00-11:00 am: Sav-A-Life Vestavia
Wednesday, October 26, Evening: Grace House
Wednesday, November 16: 4:30-8:00 pm: The WellHouse
Wednesday, December 14: 9:00-11:00 am: Christian Service Mission

Women in the Workplace

Sunday, October 16th
4:00-7:00 pm

Whether you’re currently in the workplace or not, this conference will be insightful and empowering as Shaunti Feldhahn shares how to thrive in the roles God has given us.  Click below for more info and to register. 

Mentoring

What is Mentoring?
Based on Titus 2:3-5, mentoring is a ministry that benefits women of all ages. An older woman invests in the the life of a younger woman through listening, guidance, prayer, encouragement, laughter, and good company.

Mentors meet with their mentee at least once per month and maintain weekly contact via text, phone calls, email, etc. The meeting format is informal and flexible, ranging from coffee dates or meals out to visiting in each other’s homes to simply running errands together.  Mentors will be provided with discussion questions based on the Equipped monthly podcast content to share with their mentees and facilitate conversation and spiritual encouragement.  While a mentor is expected to pursue and reflect Jesus, she is simply one who has gone before us and can offer insight and wisdom from her life experience thus far. Please click the box to fill out the form if you are interested in mentoring by August 31st. 

TABLE

TABLE returns!  As we strive to build community, both within our Community Groups and among women of all ages and stages of life, we’re thrilled to bring back TABLE.  Meeting in a home with 6-8 women, you will enjoy a shared meal, intentional conversation, and fellowship.  Groups will remain the same for all four dates. 

Upon request during registration, we will do our best to place a friend in your group.  You will have the option of a lunch or dinner groups. Please click below to register by September 23rd. 

Dates:
September 29th
November 3rd
January 26th
March 9th

Side by Side Care Ministry

Welcome
We are honored that you desire to meet and share with one of our Lay Counselors or Care Contacts.  Please complete the initial assessment form below and indicate whether you wish to meet with a lay counselor or connect with a woman who has walked through the same challenges or issues you’re currently facing (a Care Contact). A member of the Care Team will contact you within 48-72 hours and direct you to the next step. 

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What We Are
MBCC’s Side by Side Care Ministry is designed to provide one-on-one short-term care and encouragement to women who are members of Mountain Brook Community Church and are navigating a new or difficult season of life. In a safe and confidential environment, our lay counselors offer prayer, a listening ear, biblical insight and guidance to lead counselees toward resolution, healing or positive change. Our Care Contacts offer support and encouragement for women walking through similar experiences. 

LAY COUNSELING: Our lay counseling ministry particularly aims to serve the woman who may not seek pastoral or professional counseling, whether it be due to her preference of opening up to a woman or because she considers her struggle too embarrassing, private, or even insignificant. We’re committed to walking alongside one another and helping you resolve the challenges you’re facing. Our lay counselors have been trained by the Biblical Counseling Center and can address a range of issues including anger, depression, anxiety, fear, guilt and shame, marital conflict, family or relational tensions, parenting struggles, spiritual concerns, addictions, and more. 

Please note that we do not provide professional or long-term counseling. We meet with individuals for up to five sessions (in a calendar year) and then help them make connections and establish a support system for continued care if necessary or desired. If this time frame or approach does not seem adequate for your needs, we can refer you to a qualified Christian counselor.

CARE CONTACTS: The Side by Side Care Ministry also aims to connect women in our church family who simply desire to talk with someone who has endured similar circumstances or challenges. Care Contacts are women within the church who volunteer to talk with a woman in the midst of a trial or challenge that the Care Contact previously experienced and for which she can provide some insight and encouragement. Examples include infertility, miscarriages, body issues, betrayal, financial strain, discontentment, adjustment to marriage or to motherhood, disease or cancer diagnosis, caring for aging parents, etc. A woman may seek both lay counseling and a Care Contact at the same time.

What We Are Not
Lay counseling should not be substituted for professional therapy or counseling. We do not perform psychiatric evaluations, make diagnoses, or prescribe medication. Our lay counselors are not licensed therapists but rather volunteers who are well-trained to address many situations and life challenges from a biblical perspective. Please note that there are some counseling situations that are beyond our training. When this is the case, professional counseling will be recommended. Please click here to read our full Lay Counseling Policies

If you would like to meet with a lay counselor or care contact, please click the box below to complete our initial assessment, and we will be in touch soon.  Thank you. 

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Becoming a Care Contact
Our Care Contacts offer support and encouragement for women walking through a trial or challenge they’ve previously experienced. This is done in an informal manner, and it does not commit Care Contacts to long-term mentoring. 

If you are open to discussing your own experiences with someone in order to provide perspective, insight, support, and encouragement, please complete and submit the form below. Examples of topics include infertility, miscarriage, body issues, betrayal, financial strain, discontentment, adjustment to marriage or to motherhood, disease or cancer diagnosis, caring for aging parents, etc.  By submitting this form, you are not committing to meet with anyone or to discuss a particular topic marked below. Our Care Team will always consult a potential Care Contact before matching her with anyone. We realize that availability and even emotional capacity to share can vary from season to season.  

Equipped

Twice a month, the Women’s Ministry will releases an episode that covers a topic related to spiritual growth and faith. You’ll hear from women in our church family who will share both encouragement and practical suggestions. The hope is that you’ll feel more equipped for challenges.  Click here to access the podcast hosted by Amy Pattillo.

Women’s Fertility Group

Are you walking the painful journey of infertility? Battling the grief of miscarriages, infant loss, unanswered questions? Have you walked through this tough season and now hope to encourage other women in their faith as they travel a similar road? We are starting a quarterly gathering for ladies to connect and support each other through fellowship, sharing our stories, and prayer. 

Stay tuned for more info on our next meeting.  In the meantime, if you would like more info, please contact Becca Kearney at beccahkearney@gmail.com

Save the Date

Please save the date for these upcoming events.  More info to come soon!

Puzzles with a Purpose: November 30th at 6:30 pm
Kick off the holiday season with a fun evening that will benefit one of MBCC’s mission partners.

Renew: January 11th at 6:00 pm
A day of prayer and fasting.

Spring Brunch: March 14th at 11:00 am
Ladies brunch at MBCC

Women’s Beach Retreat: April 13-16, 2023
Annual beach retreat in San Destin!

Worship Times:  Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 am, Community Groups at 9:45 am. 

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