Care, Compassion, Support


Counseling

Biblical counseling is provided by the Pastor for Care Ministries and master’s level interns. It is available to individuals, couples and families. Marriage counseling is also available as part of the counseling ministry of Hershey Free Church.  Assistance is given in making referrals to professional Christian resources for longer term and more in-depth help. For more information, write to Craig Koskela or phone 717-533-2092, ext. 2028.

Premarital counseling is designed to prepare couples for the covenant bond of marriage. A pastor or trained lay couple will meet with the couple to guide them through the study of materials that address issues identified as having an impact on the marital relationship. All couples seeking to be married by a Hershey Free Church pastor must participate in this ministry. For more information, write to Craig Koskela or call 717-533-2092, ext. 2028.

Support Groups

DivorceCare

This group features a 13-week series of videos containing valuable information about working through separation and recovering from divorce. After viewing the video there is time to discuss it and share experiences with others in similar situations. We offer sessions in the fall and spring.

The winter session will meet in room 10 from 7 to 8:30 PM on Mondays beginning February 3. For more information, email Craig Koskela, call him at 717-533-2092, ext. 2028.

GriefShare

This grief recovery ministry is for men or women who have lost a loved one and would like to share issues and emotions with others experiencing grief. Each session includes a video, providing valuable teaching on topics related to death and grief, and small group discussion, allowing participants to talk through issues related to their own grief experiences. We offer sessions in the fall and spring.

We typically hold GriefShare sessions in the spring and fall. The spring session will meet in room 601 from 6 to 7:30 PM on Mondays beginning February 3. For more information, email Craig Koskela, call him at 717-533-2092, ext. 2028.

Adoption/ Foster/ Safe Families Monthly Support Group

Scripture makes it clear that God cares about the plight of the orphan. Hershey Free offers a monthly support group for people who are providing care for those in need through adoption, foster care, or as part of Bethany Christian Services’ Safe Families ministry.

The group meets in room 401 at 6 PM on the second Tuesday of each month beginning January 14. For more information, email Craig Koskela or call him at 717-533-2092, ext. 2028.

Surrendering the Secret is a group offering women a place to find healing from the traumatic experience of abortion. This group is currently closed but another group will open in the fall. For more information, send a confidential email.

Domestic Abuse Support Group is for any woman who has experienced some form of domestic abuse, which could be sexual, emotional, or physical in their home. We want to provide a safe place for women to share their stories and experience freedom and healing. The women leading the group have experienced healing from their domestic abuse and want to walk alongside others in that same journey. This group meets Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM. For more information contact Deb Hinkel.

Mentoring and Shepherding is available to men struggling with pornography. God has been at work in the lives of men in our community. Send a confidential email to receive support in overcoming this problem.

Visitation

Our church Visitation Team visits members, friends, and families of our congregation who are struggling with various situations. Our goal is to bring encouragement through prayer, Scripture reading, and sharing truth about God’s salvation. We also offer helpful resources such as cards, books, tracts, and pamphlets. It is our hope that people thus ministered to will experience the church as a caring community. Visits are made to hospitals, prisons, retirement and nursing homes, and private homes where there are personal crises such as bereavement, loss of work, or loss of health. If you would like a visit or know of someone who may benefit from a visit, call the church office at 717-533-4848.

Compassion Ministries

Clothing Bank

The clothing bank is available to anyone in need the first and third Tuesday from 10 AM to noon and second and fourth Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. Clothing for this ministry is donated by members of the congregation. Clothing donations can be dropped inside the shed outside the clothing bank entrance (on the driveway to the rear parking lot) at any time.

Food Bank

The food bank is open to anyone attending the church or living in the surrounding communities (from zip codes 17033, 17022, 17036, 17078). Personal identification containing the home address is required of non-attenders. To visit the food bank, call Compassion Ministries at 717-533-2092, ext. 2038, to make an appointment. The congregation is invited to donate unexpired food items, which can be dropped into designated boxes at church entrances.

Compassion Ministries Fund

This fund provides short-term or emergency assistance to anyone in need, but priority is given to members of our church family. This fund also provides assistance for access to items such as wheelchairs for those with disabilities. Applications are held in strict confidence, and must be approved by the Deacon Committee. Special offerings are taken for this fund at the conclusion of communion services. Apply for help by contacting Compassion Ministries at 717-533-2092, ext. 2038.

Compassion Support

This ministry helps people within our congregation who have light home-fix-up jobs or need help with chores or shopping. It matches them with people in our congregation with skills who are willing to share in the spirit of Galatians 5:12: “Serve one another in love.” To volunteer or to arrange for help around the house, email Compassion Ministries or call 717-533-2092, ext. 2038.

Omar Zook
Omar Zook

Pastor for Care Ministries
717-533-4848
ozook@hersheyfree.com

Craig Koskela
Craig Koskela

Administrative Assistant for Adult and Care Ministries
717-533-4848
ckoskela@hersheyfree.com