Care in Community
To breathe the presence of Jesus and the hope of the Gospel into the defining moments of people’s lives.
We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from some care and support. Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who can provide emotional and spiritual care for anyone facing a crisis or difficult circumstance in life. Through confidential one-on-one times of conversation, prayer, and encouragement, a Stephen Minister supports people in difficult, even defining moments of their lives.
What if a man who has just faced a debilitating divorce had someone to walk with him? What if a single mom who has just lost her job knew she wasn’t alone? Think about people receiving a terminal diagnosis, losing a child, transferring to a new location, feeling the loneliness of an empty nest or a pregnancy taking a difficult turn. Imagine the difference someone makes by simply showing up with the love of Jesus and the hope of the Gospel. Wooddale wants to be a church family that cares like Jesus. This is Stephen Ministries.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help or would like to volunteer.
The Meaning of Baptism
- Baptism is an essential part of a Christian’s identification with Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . .” (Matthew 28:19)
- Baptism is a demonstration of our love and obedience.
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15)
- It is an outward sign of an inward commitment.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)
- Throughout the book of Acts, wherever baptism occurred it always followed a profession of belief in Jesus Christ.
- Baptism is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
“having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12)
If you would like to be baptized at Wooddale Church or are looking for more information, please contact email@example.com.
Bereavement Care ministers to people who have lost loved ones to death. Through cards, phone calls, letters, and visits, an attempt is made to help people through grief and readjustment. For an opportunity to meet with someone about your grief, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952.944.6300 with extension 303 to set up an appointment with a pastor.
It is Wooddale Church’s practice to provide help for mind, body and soul whenever possible. We are committed to helping people find wholeness and healing. Though the pastoral staff is not able to meet all the needs of the congregation we seek to provide resources that are able to offer the necessary care.
It is our hope that the following list will assist you in finding the appropriate counselor/therapist or organization that has the ability to help in your area of need. Based on our experience and feedback we feel that these resources have the ability to assist people in their areas of expertise. Not all of the organizations are distinctly Christian but all work in harmony with our Christian values.
Funeral & Memorial
Funeral and Memorial services can be held in the Worship Center, Chapel, Great Room or Edina Campus. Following the service we provide lunch or snacks. Please contact Pastoral Care at email@example.com or call 952.944.6300 to set up a service time.
We do not rent our facility to outside groups for Funeral or Memorial services. All services need to be officiated by a Wooddale pastor.
When illness and hospital stays become a part of our lives, it helps to have a friend visit and pray with us. If you will be in the hospital please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.656.1453 and let us know so we can visit you. If you need to reach someone after hours, you may call the Pastoral Visitor cell phone at 612.239.6622.
Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! We at Wooddale Church hope this season of life will be a rich experience as you prepare to join together in Christian marriage. We want to be helpful in your preparation for marriage and the planning of your wedding. Learn more about our marriage prerequisites, premarital counseling and premarital seminars below. If you are looking for detailed information, contact email@example.com or 952.944.6300 at extension 303 to receive a wedding packet including the Wedding Information Booklet, information form and price list.
Our goal is to help you prepare for a successful, satisfying marriage. To do this, a couple ought to honor God and his Word. We have adopted the following biblical principles to help you as a couple begin your marriage in the most God-honoring way possible.
- Membership or regular attendance at Wooddale Church for at least six months prior to the wedding (attendance is recorded by completion of Connection Cards in the worship services).
- Complete premarital counseling offered through Wooddale Church.
- If you live together and/or are sexually active read “Understanding Sex,” included in this booklet. Normally, couples who live together and/or are sexually active will be asked to separate and adopt a celibate lifestyle until marriage.
If formerly married, read “Statement on Divorce,” included in this booklet, prior to your initial meeting with a pastor.
- Normally, meeting with the pastor and reserving of the building should be completed at least four months in advance of the wedding date.
- Contact the Pastoral Care Administrative Assistant at 952.944.6300 x303 to receive a Wedding packet including the Wedding Information Booklet, information form and price list.
Initial Meeting With a Pastor
This meeting is required to reserve your wedding date and is an informal time to get acquainted and talk over matters that relate to your marriage and wedding. You will be asked a number of questions about yourselves, such as:
- How long have you been together? How long have you been engaged?
- How long have you been attending Wooddale Church?
- Share a little about your Christian experience. (It is important to note that the Bible does not allow marriage of a Christian to a non-Christian.)
- Tell a little about your family backgrounds and your goals and plans for the future.
- Why do you want to get married?
- What can Wooddale Church and its staff do to help you prepare for your wedding and marriage?
- What questions do you have?
Premarital Counseling at Wooddale Church involves the following:
- Completion of the PREPARE inventory. The PREPARE inventory is a tool designed to help you learn more about yourself, your partner, and your relationship. You will be able to take the PREPARE inventory individually online, and it will take about one hour to complete.
- 10 sessions with Marriage and Family Life Coaches
The Premarital Seminar is part of a comprehensive approach to helping couples prepare for marriage. This half-day seminar covers many of the aspects of marriage from the biblical basis for marriage to communication, conflict resolution, financial aspects of marriage and sex in marriage. This fast-paced seminar includes opportunity for interaction. The seminar runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and costs $40/couple.
Wedding Information Booklet
The support groups at Wooddale Church provide peer support, understanding and encouragement. Some of the groups also include a lecture/educational element. They are not therapy groups and are not designed to take the place of professional counseling. They are a place to meet other people facing the same life issues and to support each other while facing these challenges.
Job Transition Support Group
Mondays, 7:15 a.m. (Eden Prairie Campus)
The Wooddale Job Transition Support Group is for anyone who is currently unemployed, underemployed or looking for a new opportunity. Weekly meetings assist attendees with prayer, spiritual support and motivation. This is a great place to network, have your resume reviewed and find new resources for your search.
Outside Community Groups
Wooddale is glad to host a variety of community groups who are using our facilities to make a difference.
Outside Community Groups
Mondays 7-9 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)
Alanon for Parents
Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm (Edina Campus)
Bryant Lake AA
Monday 7-9 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)
Daily Reprieve AA
Tuesdays 6-8 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)
*For Women Only
Wooddale Avenue AA
Wednesdays 8-10 pm (Edina Campus)
Fox Hall AA
Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)
Saturdays 10:30 am -12 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)
Thursdays 7-9 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)
Thursdays 7-9 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)
Twelve Step Recovery Group
Thursday 6-8 pm (Eden Prairie Campus)