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Addiction

God Step Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

The Alcoholics Anonymous program offers a new way of life without alcohol, a program that is working successfully for millions of men and women throughout the world, and in all walks of life. The experience of AA members is that alcoholism is a progressive illness that cannot be cured, but which, like some other illnesses, can be arrested—by staying away from the first drink, one day at a time. People from all walks of life meet to share their experiences, strength, and hope.

When: Thursdays @ 7:00pm
Where: Brandywine Valley Baptist Church – Enter the building through the white doors to the right of the main entrance near the driveway into the property.
Who: Group is open to anyone
Contact: [email protected]

Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge

This program wants to see men and women set free from life-controlling addiction and pursue lives of purpose, freedom, and joy. They service the Delmarva area with residential programs for both men and women, and have two crisis referral offices.

Where: Women’s Program Campus – Bridgeville, DE; Men’s Program Campus – Seaford, DE
Who: Men & Women ages 18+
Contact: Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge Offices

Community

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Three levels of classes are offered (childcare is available for infants through 9 years old):

  • Beginners: For those who speak little or no English
  • Intermediate: For those who know just enough English to “get by”
  • Advanced: For those who want to improve their pronunciation and accent to feel more comfortable conversing at work, school and in the community

When: Tuesdays @ 6:30-8:30pm, September 14, 2021 – April 26, 2022
Where: Brandywine Valley Baptist Church (The church is accessible via the DART transportation. Take routes #2 or #35 for the Concord Pike. Get off at the Talleyville Memorial Fire Hall. The church is next to the YMCA.)
Who: Open to anyone who would like to learn English as a second language
Cost: $40 – Cost includes textbook and registration fee for the year. Payments accepted in cash (exact change please) or checks.
Questions: Call (302) 478-4255 or email us
Registration: All students (new and returning) must register in person for ESL.
September Registration – 6:30 pm (September 14, September 21, September 28)
January Registration – 6:30 pm (January 11, January 18, January 25)
Information also available in: Spanish (Español), Traditional Chinese (繁體中文), Simplified Chinese (简化中文)

Financial

Financial Peace University

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You’ll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace. You will learn how to:

  • Get out of debt/pay off debt
  • Create and live on a budget
  • Save money for emergencies
  • Save money for retirement
  • Build wealth
  • Give back
  • Zero-based budget
  • Motivation to crush money goals

On-site childcare is available for children 5th grade and younger. Contact us to request childcare.

When: Mondays @ 7:00-8:30pm January 17 – March 14, 2022
Where: Brandywine Valley Baptist Church
Who: Adults or Families (husband, wife, children)
Cost: $129.99

Grief

GriefShare

GriefShare is a weekly seminar/support group for anyone grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss, as well as learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. Each week you will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. Then, you will spend time as a support group discussing what was presented and what is going on in your lives. Each week is self-contained so you do not have to attend the sessions in sequence.

When: Tuesdays @ 1:00pm
Where: Brandywine Valley Baptist Church
Who: Open to anyone who is experiencing grief from a loss
Contact: Call (302) 478-4255 or email us

Men

Broken Beginnings

A ministry of Prison Outreach of Delaware, this Men’s Bible Study gives a “street friendly” introduction to Jesus, where any men, rough background or not, can come. It helps you learn that we are all equally broken, born into sin, and are all in desperate need of Jesus and His redeeming grace. This, then, leads you on a path of discipleship and a new way of life in Christ!

When: Sundays @ 1:00pm
Where: Brandywine Valley Baptist Church
Who: All men are welcome to attend
Contact: Call (302) 478-4255 or email Tim Santa Barbara, Broken Beginnings leader and Prison Outreach of Delaware‘s Aftercare Associate

Mental Health & Professional Services

Christian Counselors

Brandywine’s philosophy of counseling is a multi-step approach. Pastors and small groups can often provide counsel but when more in-depth counseling is needed we recommend seeking the help of a professional. Below is a list of Christian counselors with whom we have worked and recommend.

Cynthia Brown, Professional Counselor, Chadds Ford, PA – (484) 291-1389; [email protected]

The Peacemaker Center, Kennett Square, PA

Pike Creek Psychological Center, Newark and Odessa, DE

Renewed Life Christian Counseling Center, Wilmington and Bear, DE

Dr. Mitch Ruoff of Pike Creek Counseling, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Wilmington, DE – (302) 898-9229; [email protected]

Dr. Barbara Shaffer, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Chadds Ford, PA – (610) 388-2233

ServingLeaders Ministries Counseling Division, West Chester and Willow Grove, PA

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States. People living with mental illness need help and hope: they need a community that supports them, their families and their recovery.

When: Second Monday of each month @ 7:00pm
Where: Brandywine Valley Baptist Church
Who: Anyone dealing with mental illness and their families
Contact: Call (302) 478-4255 or email Simon or Jill Shute

Stephen Ministry

For people who are hurting and need comfort or compassion, Stephen Ministry provides emotional and spiritual support by connecting individuals who are going through significant stress with spiritually-mature Christians who can provide love, comfort, fellowship, and prayer support, based on scriptural principles of non-judgmental care. They offer a listening ear; they do NOT fix the problem, give advice or provide counseling.

Areas of support may include: fractured families; divorce or separation; loss of a spouse or family member; recovery from spiritual abuse or loss of faith; loneliness or feeling disconnected; care-givers under stress; illness; high-risk pregnancy, infertility, or the birth of a child; or transitions to a new stage of life.

Support is conducted on a one-on-one basis and is confidential. Care may include weekly meetings, occasional phone calls or text messages.

To be supported by Stephen Ministry, please complete this form. A Stephen Minister will contact you shortly. Please provide as much detail as possible in order to have the right person contact you.

You will be taken to a third party website (bvbc.ccbchurch.com) that we use for registration and is part of our online community. Your information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone except the Stephen Ministry team.

Questions: Call (302) 478-4255 or email Jane Eareckson-Helm

Parents

WinGS

WinGS (Walking in God’s Spirit) is a support group for parents with special needs children. This includes any variety of special needs (diagnosed or undiagnosed). The time together is spent praying for each other and for our children. WinGS is currently on break and will resume in January 2022.

When: WinGS is currently on break and will resume in January 2022.
Who: Parents of children with special needs
Contact: Call (302) 478-4255 or email Kristi Pullig

Women

New Song

A support group by and for widows at Brandywine. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month for food and fellowship at homes or area restaurants. Widow, unlike fiancée or wife, is not a title you happily choose, but if your husband dies it’s yours none-the-less: for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, rainy days and sunny ones. We’d love to have you join us!

When: Second Wednesday monthly
Where: Location Varies
Who: Widows
Contact: Call (302) 478-4255 or email Charlotte Byrd