Support Groups and ways to serve as a Caregiver




Recovery At Cokesbury is a Biblically based program of recovery for individuals and/or their family members suffering from addictions and/or emotional distress. RAC meets every Thursday night on the North Campus. We provide a meal each week at 5:30 p.m. The service begins with the RAC Band at 6:30 p.m. We then hear a testimony of recovery, read the 12 steps and Biblical comparisons. We hear a message that combines recovery principles with God’s word. Each week there are small groups that meet at 7:45 p.m. If you have any questions about the service or small groups, please call the Recovery At Cokesbury office at (865) 246-0449. For more information, please click here. 

Cokesbury Counseling Center has provided emotional support to families, individuals, and couples since 2006. Our goal is to extend grace, guidance, education, and caring for all persons as they seek help. Click here for more information.

Are you suffering after the death of someone close to you? Grief is emotionally and physically painful. The pain is so deep that it can become overwhelming. Cokesbury’s Grief Support Group meetings are a place for you to rest and restore. This group uses a curriculum from Griefshare to work through the process of grieving. You are invited to join us each Monday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 in person in Room 200 on the North Campus, or via Zoom.

Please email Shirley Gross for more information.


The focus of this group is living. Everyone is welcome: cancer patients, survivors, friends, and family. The group shares their journey with cancer, along with exploring helpful resources for coping with cancer. Join us as we inspire and empower each other. The group meets the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please email Shirley Gross for more information.


Divorce takes a toll on us: financially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Divorce Recovery is an 8-week class for anyone struggling in the midst or aftermath of a divorce. Class topics include combating stigma and negative self-talk, healthy versus unhealthy coping skills, grieving the death of a relationship, taking responsibility for your future, and creating & establishing a supportive community. Email Terri Tracy for more information

Manna House food pantry ministry is open to anyone in our community who faces a food emergency. We offer clients the opportunity to “shop” from our healthy options every 30 days in the pantry located on the west side of the Cokesbury Center at 9915 Kingston Pike. We serve over 750 families a month at Manna House which is run by volunteers and funded 100% by donations. Click here for more information about Manna House Food Pantry.

Our Vision: We envision empowered single-parent families thriving through supportive community and tools of growth.

What is it? Hope Initiative is a ministry that comes alongside single-parent families. Through it, families have an opportunity to draw closer to Jesus, to build up a support system, to receive a delicious meal, and to receive tutoring for students. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7:45 pm during the school year.

How to enroll: Families may join Hope Initiative at the start of a new semester by emailing Katie at

Hope Connection is an outreach ministry to low-income families that seeks to build relationships that lead to financial stability and overall well-being. By first building a relationship, we are able to better understand each individual’s situation and focus on creating lasting change in their quality of life. During this process, volunteers meet with families and get to know their story. In many cases, our team can provide tools for success and offer support along the way. Click here for more information about Hope Connection.

Fig Tree is a space that exists to meet essential needs and invite all into a safe community where we can truly be seen & known. Available services include showers, laundry, computer & internet access, and microwavable meals. Hours and additional details available here


Administer Justice is a nationwide organization that supports all low-income individuals with legal concerns. To volunteer (attorneys and non-attorneys needed), fill out our Volunteer Opportunities Form. Learn more about this ministry and how you can receive help,  click here.


The goal of the Congregational Care ministry is to provide a caring Christian community where every person can find strength and support when they are hurting. We encourage all of you to find ways to care for those in your small groups or in your community. Telephone calls, cards, prayers, and meals send a message of caring and compassion. If you are in need of care, or if you wish to volunteer for one of our care teams, please email Shirley Gross or call 865-246-0448.


People are precious, and when they hurt or suffer, they deserve the best care and support we can offer. Stephen Ministers are volunteers from our congregation who receive extensive training and are committed to serving and providing the best care possible for people walking through a difficult season of life.

If you are interested in either becoming a Stephen Minister or would like to request one to walk alongside you during a difficult time, please email Shirley Gross or at 865-246-0448.


Heart Touch is a visitation ministry to homebound members of our church community, which helps them to continue to feel a true part of our church. Team members are responsible for making two visits per month, and telephone calls and cards as needed. For more information, contact Shirley Gross at or 865-246-0448.

Donate your time and talents by creating knitted and crocheted shawls, filled with the power of prayer, for those in need. Don’t worry if you have never learned to knit or crochet, group facilitators will give lessons. Groups meet on Friday mornings at 10:00 at the North Campus room 312. You can also work on your own time.

In a family, the time of the greatest need is during the loss of a loved one. Join a team who care for and attend to the needs of a grieving family during the funeral services. Volunteers are needed to prepare a dish, help serve a meal or help the pastors attend to the grieving family before and/or after the service. The ministry operates on an on-call basis, being available to serve when needed. Volunteers report that while serving during this time is a ministry of giving, they receive great blessings from doing so. Please contact Shirley Gross at or 865-246-0448 if you wish to volunteer or are in need of bereavement care. 


Shirley Gross | Congregational Care
Email Shirley
(865) 246 – 0448


9919 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

Office Hours:
Our office is currently staffed Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3:30 pm. You are always welcome to contact us via email or phone.   

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(865) 693-0353