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 6:00 p.m. The service begins with the RAC Band at 7:00 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 15-16 small groups that meet at 8:15 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 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 virtually 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


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


At Cokesbury, we believe that God designed us to be in community with him, with other Christians, and with the world. For us, Small Groups provide that community. When you commit to being a part of a Small Group, it won’t be long before you realize that life really is better together.

Small Groups invite us into deeper conversations and relationships with others who want to know and follow Jesus. Groups of up to 12 people gather weekly, currently using an online platform, outside the normal structure of weekend worship.

We form new Small Groups periodically throughout the year.  Use the link below to register to receive an email when new Groups will launch. 




Teaching groups are led by a facilitator. Groups gather to learn through Biblically-based study and class discussion. These groups meet during the week or on Sunday. All Teaching Groups are currently meeting virtually. 

When you join a group via the registration links, you will receive a confirmation email that will give you all the details you need in order to participate. Contact Mary Lou Sokolow at or 865-246-0438 if you need assistance.



Flourish: Practices for Spiritual Growth - Flourish is a new year-long Teaching Group designed to help us learn and flourish in our relationship with God. Each month, beginning in February, Charles Maynard will share a short video that introduces the practice that we will consider for the month. We will also have a monthly Zoom discussion group, and reading assignments. We will be referring to our bibles and to the book Celebration of Discipline – The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster. 

This group will continue throughout 2021. 

To be a part of this group, purchase the Foster book from your favorite bookseller and register here to receive the monthly videos and links for the Zoom group discussions. Discussion groups will be held on the last Tuesday of each month at noon and the last Wednesday of each month at 7:45 pm. 


Monday Evenings at 6:30 pm The Gospel of Matthew facilitated by Mark Wilson.


My Marriage Matters -  All relationships require communication and care, the relationship with our spouse, is no different, in fact it is one of the most important relationships we will ever have.  Join this Email Group to receive weekly emails of creative date night ideas (even in the midst of a pandemic), tips for communication, and links to resources from relationship specialists.




Subscribe to our Women's Ministry Updates for all the details or to join a specific group.  

Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times by Bishop Michael Curry (known for officiating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan) facilitated by Linda McLaughlin and Debbie Ailey Wednesday mornings starting January 13th from 10:30 - 11:30 via Zoom. Purchase the book at your favorite bookstore.


Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer, facilitated by Nancy Hamilton will begin January 11th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you. This study will help you to be strong in the Lord, helping you to develop a strategy to put the enemy back in his place and for you to suit up, stand firm, and secure victory in your life.  




Monday Mornings at 7 am Brent Ronald uses the Discussion Guide found on the Cokesbury App to discuss the weekend’s message. Viewing the weekend's message is not required.


Wednesday Evenings at 7 pm facilitated by Bob Goodson


Second Thursday of the Month at 8 am Monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast is meeting virtually via Zoom.



New for 2021!

My Marriage Matters -  All relationships require communication and care, the relationship with our spouse, is no different, in fact it is one of the most important relationships we will ever have.  Join this Email Group to receive weekly emails of creative date night ideas (even in the midst of a pandemic), tips for communication, and links to resources from relationship specialists.


Daily Bible Reading Plan – Start your day with a short reading from the Bible and an "apply it" question or topic to consider. Emails are delivered each morning and readings correspond with weekend sermons, when possible. 


Digital Resources from previous Virtual Groups are available for group or personal use at any time. Available resources include Love Knoxville Neighboring Experience, Bible 101, Meeting Jesus, and Listening Through Lent. Find them here.


Serving together as a group makes an impact on our world, but it also draws you closer as a group. Shared experiences like serving are invaluable in group life. The documents below outline great ways to serve together and feature some of our community partners. You’ll find everything you need to get started right here.

We’d love to hear about your group’s experience serving together and see pictures of your group in action. Please email stories and photos to Ashley Cross at


Have a question about our groups ministries? Want to get involved in one of the groups listed here? We'd love to hear from you!

Mary Lou Sokolow | Adult Ministries
Email Mary Lou
(865) 246-0438

Jill Stuckey| Next Steps
Email Jill
(865) 246-0435


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