Congregational Care

Helpful Adoptions Resources:

Adoptive Family Coalition:

Helps to resource post-adoptive challenges of families including funding method for mental health/behavioral treatment not covered by other resources.

Aid to Adoption of Special Kids:

Provides foster/adoption licensing, family support, resources and education to give positive impact on the placements of children in Arizona’s care.

AZ Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents:

Support, educate, empower and provide a unified voice for AZ foster and adoptive families.

Christian Family Care:

A licensing agency serving vulnerable children and families in the name of Jesus Christ.

Division of Children and Youth Services:

This is a state human service organization dedicated to achieving safety, well-being and performance for children, youth and families.

Family Involvement Center:

A family-directed non-profit that assists and supports families/caregivers and helps policymakers, agencies and providers transform systems to help ensure that children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders succeed in school, avoid delinquency and become productive adults.

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

Provides funding opportunities otherwise unavailable for foster children and families. For example: music lessons, karate training, a tutor, attending prom, sports team participation fees and equipment can be applied for and paid by AFFCF.ORG.

OCJ Kids (Opportunity Community & Justice for Kids) through The Fostering Connections project.

Providing services for children in over 85 Arizona foster group homes. North Ridge Community Church joins other churches and organizations to support OCJ Kids with donations and volunteer services.

You don’t have to go through it alone. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
We want to help you on your journey toward recovery. Here are some suggestions that can make a big difference in your progress toward healing:

Build a Support Team – Don’t try to go through separation or divorce alone.

The Foundation for Healing – Your progress can be slowed or stopped if you don’t build on the right foundation. 

Daily Encouragement – Need some daily encouragement, visit

Personal Study – Provides daily reading and exercises to help you dig deeper into the recovery process.

Locate a DivorceCare meeting location near you.

Contact Sheila Graham for more information

Contact Jannet Limmer or Dave Parker for more information

Sign-Up HERE

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you‘ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.

That’s the reason for GriefShare, a special support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time.

Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos also include on-location settings and the real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours. After viewing the video, you’ll participate in a small group discussion about what you’ve seen on the tape. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and have the opportunity to share your own.

Contact Patricia Johnston or Shelly Jones for more information

The Helping Hands ministry is one of the most important ministries of North Ridge Community Church. It’s a ministry of preparing meals for families of the church who are in a short term need. For example, if a mom of  young children is recovering from surgery, one of our families prepares and delivers to them a hot meal. Sometimes something as simple as that makes the biggest difference in a family’s life.

If you’re interested in participating on an occasional basis, please let us know. We simply need to know your zip code so we connect you with a family near your home.

As North Ridge Community Church gets even larger, it’s impossible for the full time pastors to make all the hospital calls. That’s why we have trained some of our most compassionate people to make many of our hospital visits.

If you have the gift of mercy and would like to join this team, please let us know. We’re always looking for willing servants with the ability and desire to spread hope and love to those in the hospital.

Helpful Guidelines

1) Check-in at the nurse’s station
2) Always acknowledge the staff
3) Introduce yourself to the patient and tell them you are from the church
4) Turn your mobile phone off as you enter the hospital
5) Let them do most of the talking
6) Conversation topics
7) A perfect length of stay is 10 minutes
8) Always excuse yourself when a nurse or doctor enters the room
9) Pray
10) Scripture
a) Ask to read a passage of Scripture directly from the Bible
b) Psalm 91
c) John 14
d) Psalm 145: 13-18
e) Psalm 73: 21-26
f) Psalm 103: 1-5
g) 1 Peter 1: 3-5
h) 2 Corinthians 4:7, 16-18
i) Proverbs 3: 5-6
j) Psalm 84: 1-2
11) Don’t make promises you can’t keep
12) Never sit on the bed
13) Contact the church and inform us the visit was completed
14) Get permission to pass personal information to the church regarding their needs
15) Wash your hands before you enter and when you leave the hospital
16) Suggestions to go above and beyond the call of duty:
a) Buy several “get well cards” and store them in your car to be used as you arrive at the hospital. Sign the card from “Your North Ridge Family”.
b) Ask permission to pass their name and phone number of the family to Patricia Johnston or Shelly Jones (Helping Hands Ministry) for the purpose of possible meals when they come home.
c) Stop at the grocery store and deliver to them one or two carnations. It’s the thought not the price of the flowers that count.

Contact Lisa Crist for more information

Has your life been affected by abuse? Are you ready to move forward to freedom and healing? Mending the Soul is a support group for women who have experienced abuse. Groups are small, intimate, and confidential – led by facilitators who have been through their own journey of healing.

Groups begin at various times throughout the year and require a 12-15 week committment.

Support Groups

New support groups forming, please click here to complete the Intake Form to sign up.

Email Lisa or call the church office for questions.

In these times of financial uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to spend our money wisely. To help accomplish that, it’s often important to first learn how to create and live on a budget. North Ridge is proud to announce that we now offer a 9 week Dave Ramsey course – Financial Peace University – for adults interested in taking control of their finances. North Ridge offers this program twice a year for 9 weeks on a Sunday afternoon. This is open for North Ridge and non North Ridge people alike.