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Depression Support Group

Meets Every Thursday in Room 204 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

What the Group Provides

Blakemore UMC provides a Depression Support Group for the Church and Community that is Free and meets on an ongoing basis. It meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in Room 204. Blakemore is located at the corner of West End and Bowling Ave.

Depression and Anxiety can be debilitating, often leaving those suffering with it feeling isolated and all alone. Our Church family wants to support those in our community who suffer from depression and anxiety and lack support. All are welcome. We offer support to adults who are college age up to senior plus years, and have learned that intergenerational interaction can have its benefits. The group setting is designed to be a safe place where individuals can come and freely express their experiences and feelings without judgment.

A person attending this group can feel encouragement, support, and unconditional love from fellow group members. The only religious focus is that we love and care for each other as Jesus taught us to do. Blakemore welcomes all people regardless of age, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religious beliefs or none. We take pride that Blakemore is a Reconciling Church reaching out to all. The Group is facilitated by Gayle Lembcke and Joe Hensley-Templeton, both members at Blakemore.

All people who are challenged by problems with depression and anxiety are invited to come and be a part of this loving, caring support group.
To attend the Group, simply come to the door under the carport on the Bowling Ave. entrance. The door will be locked, and one of the Facilitators will be there to let you in a few minutes prior to 6:30 PM up to 6:30 PM, the start time of Group. If you arrive late, you can call one of the numbers on the flyers on the Depression Support Group poster beside the door, and someone will come to let you in. Those phone numbers are 615-305-4974 and 615-584-2332. If you would like to find out more info regarding the Group prior to attending, you can call one of these numbers, and we will gladly answer your questions.

About the Group Facilitators

Gayle Lembcke
Gayle is a retired Social Worker originally from Western Kentucky. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. She worked many years in the Mental Health field, especially with chronic mental illness, providing Case Management and coordinating Day Treatment services. She has also been a Sexual Assault Counselor and worked in the Intellectual Disabilities field. She has participated in and coordinated several Support Groups through the years. Mental Health has always been her favorite area of Social Work, and she loves doing the Groups. Gayle has been a member of Blakemore since 2008.

Joe Hensley-Templeton
Joe is also retired. He was born in Nashville and has been a member of Blakemore most of his life with a couple of exceptions. Joe came back to Blakemore to STAY in 2012. Joe has found the Depression Support Group a perfect match for his empathy for people, listening to their problems and trying to offer help/feedback where he can. Joe has been a Grief Counselor with Dignity Funeral Homes, and found helping others through their toughest times meaningful. Joe’s counseling experience has included productivity sessions while with Franklin Covey Co. to assist individuals and organizations in using their time more wisely. In the 1980’s when HIV/AIDS was a death sentence, Joe volunteered with Nashville Cares, and would be assigned clients when sometimes all that could be done would be hold a person’s hand as they went to their heavenly home.


All people who are challenged by problems with depression and anxiety are invited to come and be a part of this loving, caring support group. Everything said in the group is very confidential. For more info about the Group, please contact:

Gayle Lembcke at 615-305-4974 or at or
Joe Hensley-Templeton at 615-584-2332 or at