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 walk alongside 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.
At Open Door, we offer safe, grace-filled environments where people share personal stories, can express emotions, and can be heard in an atmosphere of acceptance, encouragement, and understanding. Connect with other 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. If you have questions or would like more information about a specific group, reach out to the contact person listed below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
A community of people who are caring for someone with significant limitations. It’s a place to help you feel less alone and overwhelmed as you meet with others in a similar situation. You’ll receive support, a listening heart, continued education, and prayer.
Meets: Every other Sunday (Aug 9&23, Sept 6&20 and Oct 4&18), 11:30am
Location: On Zoom (Contact Nancy for link to join group)
A supportive 13-week group for those dealing with the pain of divorce that offers hope, healing and transformation. Topics include the road to healing, anger, depression, loneliness, new relationships, financial survival, kid care, single sexuality, forgiveness, reconciliation, and moving on. The group includes the Divorce Care workbook.
Contact: Annie-Claude | ext 1300.
Meetings: Tuesdays, Sept 8 - Dec 15, 7pm
Location: In socially-distanced groups at Open Door
Cost: $20 (includes workbook)
Walk-ins always welcome
RE | ENGAGE MARRIAGE MINISTRY
This 18-week experience examines God's design for marriage and applies principles from the Bible to guide couples towards growth in their relationship with each other. re|engage aims to bring hope and restoration to your marriage through teachings, testimonies, and working through an established curriculum with other married couples. Marriages in any condition can benefit, whether you are struggling to get along, your marriage is broken, or you simply want to grow closer together as a couple.
Contact: Annie-Claude | ext 1300.
Meetings: Next session begins January 2021
Cost: $40 per couple (includes 2 workbooks)
SEXAHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FOR MEN)
Sexual compulsion has so much shame attached to it. More and more men are finding themselves stuck in this addiction. If you find yourself struggling and need help to change, join other men seeking sobriety. For more information or to talk with someone, contact Dave at (612) 251-1382.
Contact: Dave at (612) 251-1382
Meetings: Sundays, 7:45am
THE WIDOWS' WELL (FOR WOMEN)
Historically, a well has been a place where women have gathered in community and could draw not only water, but encouragement from one another. Here, 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 feel that others understand what it feels like to lose someone so close.
Contact: Annie-Claude | ext 1300
Meetings: Third Sundays, 11:30am
WIDOWERS (FOR MEN)
A group for men journeying together after the death of their spouse. The group meets at the Birchwood Apartments in Maple Grove. Please call to confirm meeting dates as they may vary from the schedule from time to time.
Contact: Ron or (763) 300-3504.
Meetings: Typically First & Third Mondays, 7pm
As the church community of Open Door, we desire to listen for and follow the voice of Jesus. Please join us on Zoom as we seek God together to discern where God is leading us and to pray for Open Door, our community, and the world beyond.
Sun, Aug 30, 11:15am-12:15pm
Those registered will receive the Zoom link via email a few days before the event.
Teams of two or three trained lay ministers are available for 60-90 minute individual, confidential prayer appointments. These teams, partnering with the Holy Spirit, will spend time with you in prayer for God's healing. Please note that these are not counseling sessions. When you contact us to schedule an appointment, please indicate if we may leave a message on your voicemail.
Contact: email@example.com | (763) 416-5846 ext 1373
Prayer team members are available after each Sunday morning service to pray with you about any needs you might have. Look for those wearing purple lanyards at the front of the sanctuary.
Do you want to join us in praying regularly for our church community and the world around us? The Sentinel email invites you to partner in prayer with Open Door as we seek to become the community that God has called us to be. Each week you'll receive an email informing you of prayer needs and an invitation to pray for the workings of God among us as a community. We'll also keep you informed about upcoming services, specific prayer requests about our Lead Pastor search and prayer requests from our ministry partners.
Before you head into the service on Sundays, get a cup of coffee and spend time with others who have a heart for pursuing God together to pray for Open Door, our community and beyond. This is open to anyone with an impulse to pursue God in prayer. “The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him” (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).
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. Contact: Annie-Claude | (763) 416-5846 ext 1300
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. Contact: Bob | (763) 416-5846 ext 1302
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.
Contact: Bob | (763) 416-5846 ext 1302
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 Benevolent Fund. This fund is sustained by donations provided by the Open Door community and is carefully and compassionately dispersed. To donate to the Benevolent Fund click here.
Contact: Annie-Claude | (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 also 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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