The Care Ministry exists to offer help, hope, and support to people as they walk through various life experiences.

Premarital + Weddings

SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) exists to provide Biblical support to couples who are seeking preparation for their upcoming nuptials.

Bayside has various locations appropriate for hosting your wedding. Premarital is required if you desire to have a Bayside pastor officiate your wedding.

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Marriage Enrichment

We know and understand marital challenges. Great marriages are possible, and we would like to show you practical ways to restore and heal your marriage.

Bayside Community Church does not provide mental health or professional counseling but we can help point you in the right direction of finding a professional in the area.

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Memorial Services + Support

We are here to support you as you walk through saying your final goodbye to your loved one.  It is our privilege to come alongside of you to officiate any of the following services:

Graveside service
A Service at the National Cemetery
Military Service/Honor service
Services at the Church
In home
A funeral home service

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Mental Health

Bayside Community Church takes mental health seriously.  Our deepest desire is that you live life whole.  Please take the time to invite us into the difficult seasons of life. We offer pastor care, encouragers and care mentors.  

If professional help is needed - we are happy to point you in the right direction.

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Financial Help

In certain situations, Bayside is able to provide resources or assistance to those with a financial need.

Some of the ways we can offer help is through:

Financial Peace University
Benevolence Assistance
Community Resources

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Would you like someone to come visit you? Below are some of the services we can provide.

House Blessings
Hospital Visits
Nursing Home Visits
Hospice/ Homebound

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Volunteer With Us

We have many opportunities for you to get involved. Here are some example areas:

  • Care Support Group Leader
  • Care Mentor
  • Encourager
  • SYMBIS Facilitator
  • Office Administrative Work
  • Prayer Partner
  • Network Prayer Team
  • Feed the Need Team
  • Hospital Visitation Team
  • Memorial Team

If any of those areas interest you, the best place to start is by filling out our Dream Team Questionnaire.

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Prayer + Support

We believe in the power of prayer. Each week our Pastoral Team joins you in praying for your needs and celebrating answered prayers.

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More Resources

Browse our collection of biblically rooted books, counseling services, accountability websites, and more.

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Asked Questions

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Who is my campus Care contact?
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Cristina Buff

Care Director at West Bradenton Campus

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Fred Kison

Care Coordinator at Lakewood Ranch Campus

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Jimmy Kuebler

Care Coordinator at Lakewood Ranch Campus

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Kialey Gratzer

Care Coordinator at North River Campus

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Kimberly Baltzley

Care Director at Lakewood Ranch Campus

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Lindsey Wilson

Care Coordinator at Lakewood Ranch Campus

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Lydia Quintana

Discipleship Director at Hardee County Campus

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Michelle Perala

Care Director at Fruitville Campus

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Randy Young

Care Director at North River Campus

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Sandy King

Care Director at Bee Ridge Campus

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Tonya Shipp

Care Admin Assistant at Lakewood Ranch Campus

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What is SYMBIS?
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SYMBIS stands for “Saving your Marriage Before it Starts”, a program created by Dr’s Les and Leslie Parrott to prepare engaged couples for the joys and challenges of marriage. Our desire, in partnership with this program, is to help you build a solid foundation for your marriage through God’s Word and important conversations.

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Can I have my wedding at Bayside?
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We have several campuses with locations.  We encourage you to speak with your Care Director about venues at the Church if this is your desire.

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Can I hire a Bayside pastor to officiate my wedding?
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Yes. You must go through SYMBIS to be married by a Bayside pastor.

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Does Bayside offer help planning a memorial/ celebration of life?
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Yes, Bayside offers help planning memorials. It is our desire to walk alongside you and resource you during this difficult time.

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We also offer a Griefshare Support Group for those who are grieving. During the holidays, we offer a special class called Surviving the Holidays for those facing the holidays without a loved one. Lastly, we offer people community resources like Tidewell Hospice, Robert Toale and Sons Grief Library, etc.

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Does Bayside offer professional counseling?
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No, we do not offer professional counseling. But we are in partnership with many professional counselors in the community and will be happy to connect you with one.

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What are Care Support Groups?
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Our groups cover a specific topic and help people find healing. They provide a safe and confidential community where people can connect and find healing.

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Do I have to be a member of Bayside to attend a support group?
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No! In fact, our support groups are often attended by others in the community. Please join us!

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Do you provide childcare at your support groups?
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Though not guaranteed, we try hard to provide childcare for any group that meets on campus.