Life is full of unexpected changes. The death of a loved one, a serious illness or injury, divorce, birth, preparing for and getting married, a change in income or a job loss. Open Door desires to be a non-anxious presence with people who are experiencing times of transition and need God’s hope and healing. In addition to pastoral care, we offer support groups and prayer groups.
If you need prayer, call the PRAYER LINE (763.416.5887 ext 1374) with your request.
Requests are listened to and prayed for weekly. Messages remain on the Prayer Line for one week.
If you would like someone to return your call, please include your name and phone number.
At Open Door, we offer safe, grace-filled environments where people share personal stories, be honest and authentic
with what they are feeling and thinking, and can be heard in an atmosphere of acceptance, encouragement, and
understanding. Connect with others in a safe space as you seek healing in Christ.
Most groups are open but require notification before joining to honor privacy in the group.
For questions or more information about a specific group,
reach out to the contact person listed below or email us at email@example.com.
ADDICTION RECOVERY for FAMILY & FRIENDS
Are you struggling with a loved one who suffers from addictions, substance use, or mental health concerns? Family and friends need recovery from the chaos of addiction just as much as their loved ones. Substance use and mental health struggles have doubled since pre-Covid. One of every two families has a loved one who suffers from addictions. But there is hope!
When trained in this approach, we can be a key motivator for change with our loved ones. When family/friends develop these skills 75% of our loved ones are in treatment within six months and our own lives are more peaceful.
Together, we will learn how we can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to invite change in ourselves and others. We will also receive support, tools, hope, and a way of being that invites growth and spiritual formation in all our relationships. We encourage you to purchase the workbook* for your personal use. Weekly chapters will also be emailed to participants prior to each session.
*Optional Workbook: "Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family & Friends: Evidence-Based Skills to Help a Loved One Make Positive Change" can be purchased on Amazon for $25.
Contact: Jill DiLoreto | firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
Cost: Price of optional
workbook (purchase here)
Sign up here (Join
the group at any time)
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
This group provides a supportive environment for individuals who care for people with significant limitations. It’s a place where caregivers feel less alone or overwhelmed in their caregiving. Participants support one another through listening, self-care ideas and prayer. Most importantly, caregivers are encouraged to follow the example of Jesus Christ in caring for others.
Contact: Nancy | email@example.com
When: 1st Sundays, 6-7pm
MOURNING OUR LOSSES, WAITING IN HOPE (a support group)
This group explores the shared experiences of cumulative grief and loss in our lives and in the life of Jesus. There are many types of losses: death of a loved one, losses of health, marriage, occupation, relationship, and job security…just to name a few. Together, we will create a safe, welcoming space to encounter the Presence of God and will have the opportunity to share where we are in our journey of grief as we practice ways of becoming present to God’s loving Presence with others.
Contact: Bob McKenna | firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 2nd Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm **
Location: Open Door, Room 104
(**PAUSING FOR THE SUMMER - will resume beginning September 10)
SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS (for men)
In our culture, sexual compulsion has so much shame attached to it and with easier access to the internet, more men are finding themselves stuck in this addiction. If you are finding yourself struggling in this area, join with other men seeking sobriety. Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men who, using the AA 12-steps program, share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover. Walk-ins welcome.
For more information about this group or to talk with someone use the contact info below.
For more information about the program or to find alternate locations visit www.satwincities.org.
Contact: Bob McKenna | email@example.com
When: Sundays, 7:45-9am
Location: Open Door, Room 112
THE WIDOWS' WELL (for women)
Historically, a well has been a place where women have gathered in community to draw not only water, but encouragement from one another. In this group, widows come together in a safe and nurturing environment that allows them to continue to grow and learn in this season of life. It’s a place where women can say the name of their late husband and know that others understand what it feels like to lose someone so close. Walk-ins welcome.
Contact: Annie-Claude T | firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 3rd Sundays, 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Open Door, Room 104
Prayer team members are available on Sunday mornings to come alongside people in their places of need and to seek Jesus together. Prayer ministers are located at the front left of the sanctuary after each gathering.
Interested in joining the Prayer Team? You can find more info here.
If you need prayer, call the PRAYER LINE (763.416.5887 ext 1374) with your request. Requests are listened to and prayed for weekly. Messages remain on the Prayer Line for one week.
If you would like someone to return your call, please include your name and phone number in your message.
Would you like to connect with Jesus amid challenges in your everyday life? Are you seeking healing, restoration, or peace? Would you like to sit with another person and invite Jesus' presence into your life situations with you? Sign up for a one-hour session that involves creating space to listen for Jesus and being led through a prayer experience to connect with Him.
Contact: Rose Larson | email@example.com
When: Varies, one hour in length
Location: Open Door (Zoom option available)
CARE RESPONSE MINISTRY
Open Door's Care Response Ministry is available to those in need of emotional and spiritual care during a hospitalization or long-term illness, as well as for those in need of a caring presence while grieving the loss of a loved one. This may include a phone conversation, communion served at home or hospital visits.
FUNERALS | GRIEF SUPPORT
In partnership with the funeral home and caterers, Open Door walks alongside families suffering the loss of a loved one to create a service that honors their loved one in an atmosphere of support and care. We also provide care and resources for ongoing grief support.
An Open Door pastor is available to meet with married couples on a short-term basis to provide a place to examine the condition of their marriage and, if necessary, discuss options for beginning the process of restoring the marriage through outside counseling resources. Call or email for a pastoral appointment.
There is a preparation process for attenders who seek to be married at Open Door or by a Pastor from Open Door.
Those who have been actively attending Open Door for a year or more and encounter short-term financial distress may receive a gift from the Benevolence Fund. This fund is sustained by donations provided by the Open Door community and is carefully and compassionately dispersed. To donate to the Benevolence Fund click here.
Contact: Annie-Claude | firstname.lastname@example.org | (763) 416-5846 ext 1300
RESOURCES FOR LIFE
Booklet providing a listing of Christian Counselors, Psychiatrists, Spiritual Directors and Retreat Centers recommended by Open Door. It also outlines Open Door’s guidelines for pastoral appointments.
Resources for Life (PDF)
OTHER OUTSIDE RESOURCES
We encourage you to contact Open Door for support and prayer in response to any of your care needs. Additionally, the following local and national resources are available as a starting point for care provided beyond Open Door:
MY BELOVED VIDEO
Many times in life, especially when life gets hard, we need to remember the truth of what God says to us and about us. Wherever you find yourself, we encourage you to take ten minutes and watch and/or listen to this video as a source of truth from God's word to you, God's Beloved!
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