Care & Support

All people encounter problems from time to time that hinder spiritual and/or emotional growth. These problems may result from a crisis, unwise decisions, the effects of others’ sin, the result of spiritual testing or discipline, or any number of situations that could be helped by caring Christian counsel. Whatever the cause, God calls the church to be an agent of healing and support. Others seek to deepen their relationship with God and seek assistance in this area or need to be lifted up in prayer.

Free Christian Church strives to offer Caring and Support ministries that make a real difference in the lives of people. People serving in Caring and Support ministries are highly trained, supervised, and specifically gifted.

Christian counseling is available at Free Christian Church. Many come for counseling suffering from such things as depression, anxiety, loss, grief, relationship problems, etc. Our goal is to help people achieve freedom from these hindrances that prevent an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and the ability to serve and glorify God.

Our Ministers of Counseling are licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists. A sliding scale fee is charged based on ability to pay. As a licensed clinician, most insurance plans are accepted.

Eileen Casto

Dr. David S. Wayman, D.Min
Clinical Member AAMFT

Susanna Daniel

Helping Hands
The Helping Hands team gathers monthly to cook nutritious meals for those in need, in transition or in a difficult period due to illness, injury, etc. Meals are cooked, then frozen fresh and made available to anyone who needs a “Helping Hand.” If you know of someone who would be blessed by this tangible expression of the love of Christ, then please stop by the freezer in the lower hall kitchen. When delivering the meal, please be sure to tell of the love that went into each bite!

The Helping Hands team gathers the second Monday of every month from 9:00 -12:00 noon in the lower hall kitchen of the church.

Meals Ministry
A team of individuals who cook and deliver meals to families or individuals who are in need due to illness, new baby, relocation or any one of life’s many stresses. A warm meal at a time of crisis does more than just nourish the body.

Maureen Tousignant

God’s Provision’s Food Pantry
From time to time we aware of folks from our church family and community who are in need of food to help get through a rough time. Through the generous donations of our congregation we have bags of non-perishable food available to those in need. Food can be picked up on Sunday during services or Tue – Fri at FCC’s Andover office.

GriefShare is a Christ-centered support group for folks who are mourning the loss of a spouse, family member, or friend. This can be a very difficult time and it may be hard to find someone to talk to who really understands how you feel.

These weekly meetings take place at the Parish House of Free Christian Church, 28 Elm Street Andover. There is a $12 fee for the workbook. If this cost causes a financial hardship, please do not worry about paying, just come.

Each week there will be time for prayer, discussion and then a dvd session. The dvds feature top experts on the grieving process. Following the dvd there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion. There is also personal reflection and study that will help you during the week. All information is available in the workbook.

You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next 13-week cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.

Laurie Lawliss

Sponsored by The Pregnancy Care Center offers love and support to women who have experienced abortion. This group and all calls are strictly confidential. More information available at :

Pregnancy Care Center
*All calls are confidential

Volunteer nurses from FCC make home visits and provide medical assistance to folks who have been recently discharged from the hospital, or who are home with an illness. Nurses can assist with and answer questions about medications, monitor blood pressure and diet and be available to assist in various other ways. Their purpose is to nurture the human spirit through health education, spiritual support, and by linking the needs of the whole person to resources within the congregation, community and the local health care system.

Sharon Thomson

What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction is for anyone who thirsts for God and would appreciate
having a companion whose role is to help notice and respond to God’s presence in the course of life.

The true spiritual director is God, and those who offer this ministry consider themselves to be holy listeners – listening to God, listening to the person they are accompanying and listening to their own hearts on behalf of the one coming for spiritual guidance, the directee. This is a ministry of hospitality – one person opening up his or her heart for the specific purpose of welcoming another.

What We Will Do?
A typical spiritual direction meeting lasts for one hour. We usually start with a few minutes of silent prayer. The rest of the session is a conversation in which the directee, the spiritual direction client, shares portions of his or her life. Together we explore God’s presence and intervention as it is noticed in the life of the directee. Jesus was a master at asking transforming questions that advanced the spiritual journeys of others. We try to model Jesus in asking questions in an open, relaxed, and grace-filled way. Our desire, as spiritual directors, is to reflect Jesus’ wisdom, humility, and compassion in the course of our spiritual direction conversations.

Trained Spiritual Directors

Andrea Bliss-Lerman
Eileen Casto
Roselle Heckendorn

Andrea Bliss-Lerman
Minister of Spiritual Direction

People living with mental health issues and their families often face many closed doors that were once open; doors of friendship, opportunity, love and acceptance. Open Door Ministry seeks to open doors of hope for people who live with mental illness and their families by sharing the love of Jesus and a community of Christian support.


For More Information

Laurie Lawliss
Pastoral Care Minister