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Care and Support

At Wooddale Church, we provide care and support for those in need of hope and healing, and in times of celebration. Through these offerings, we’re on mission to breathe the presence of Jesus and the hope of the Gospel into the defining moments of people’s lives.

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DivorceCare

We do not currently have a DivorceCare group. To find a group, go to divorcecare.org, type in your zip code, and you will find a list of groups meeting near you.

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Mental Health (Family Grace)

These groups are designed to provide ongoing support to family members of those living with mental health challenges. Discover hope, increase understanding of mental health conditions and treatment options, and connect with others in a confidential and structured setting. Class topics include:

  • Communication
  • Medication
  • Grieving and Grace
  • Cycles and Triggers
  • Community
  • Problem Solving
  • Boundaries to Rebuild

Questions? Email pastoral.care@wooddale.org.

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GriefShare

GriefShare is a 13-week video seminar featuring experts on grief recovery topics and small-group discussion time. Each week, you’ll learn strategies for navigating your grief journey while connecting with others encountering a similar season in life. Our goal is to provide comfort, understanding and healing in a safe environment for you to discuss what you’re facing emotionally, physically and spiritually. We pray you feel encouraged with the hope only Jesus can provide. The next GriefShare session is August 12 – November 11. Click the buttons below to learn more and register!

Throughout the year, GriefShare also holds several special events! Click on the links below to register.

  • November 13: Surviving the Holidays
    Wondering how you’ll survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing everything has changed and happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Surviving the Holidays is created for people grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:
    • how to deal with the many emotions you’ll face
    • what to do about traditions and other changes
    • helpful tips for social events
    • how to discover hope for your future.

To register, click here.

  • December 11: Hope for the Holidays
    Hope for the Holidays is a seminar featuring guest speaker Julie Hull, a pastoral counselor who specializes in sustainable self-care practices while experiencing any kind of loss (employment, personal, COVID-related, death, etc.). During this seminar, you will have the opportunity to create a personal holiday plan, which will help you help think through the upcoming days, adopt the understanding that this holiday will be different, accept limitations and start making proactive changes to your traditional plans. This event will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel of our Eden Prairie Campus. To register, click here.

Email griefshare@wooddale.org with questions.

Job Transition Support Group

Job Transition Support Group is for anyone who is currently unemployed, underemployed or looking for a new opportunity. Meetings help 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.

Learn more!

Widows and Widowers (A Place at the Table)

“There’s always a place for you.”

A Place at the Table (APATT) is a ministry providing comfort and hope to those grieving the loss of a spouse. Through a series of events (online or in person), you’ll learn how to navigate grief from speakers and videos while connecting with others encountering a similar season in life. You’ll also receive resources to help you heal outside of group events.

Our goal is to provide comfort, understanding and healing in a safe environment for you to discuss what you’re facing emotionally, physically and spiritually. We pray you feel encouraged with the hope only God provides. As you move forward and He reveals a new plan for your life, there is always A Place At The Table for you.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. -II Corinthians 1:3-4

Email apatt@wooddale.org with questions.

Baptism

Baptism is an essential part of a Christian’s identification with Jesus Christ. It’s an outward sign of an inward commitment. If you’re ready to take the next step in your faith by letting others know about your relationship with Jesus, now is the time! Click below to learn more and register for our next baptism celebration!

Child Dedications

Wooddale Church offers dedications for infants and young children in our worship services on a quarterly basis. These are special moments as parents make commitments and receive encouragement from our congregation.

Email childrens@wooddale.org for more information.

Funerals and Memorials

We’re here to come alongside Wooddale members and attenders whose loved one has passed away. All funeral and memorial services are officiated by a Wooddale Church pastor and are held at the Eden Prairie or Edina campus. Note: We do not rent out our facilities to outside groups.

Email pastoral.care@wooddale.org to start planning a service time.

Weddings

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! We hope this season of life will be a rich experience as you prepare to join together in Christian marriage. If you’re a regular attender or member of Wooddale Church, or plan to make Wooddale your church home, we’d love to help you prepare and plan for your wedding. Couples interested in holding their wedding ceremony at Wooddale Church are led through the following:

  • Complete your applications (one for each individual).
  • Meet with a pastor upon approval of your applications.
  • Attend our premarital seminar, which is held quarterly.
  • Complete 10 hours of premarital counseling through Wooddale.
  • Meet with your officiating pastor and wedding coordinator to work through designing the details of your ceremony.

Email stacia.christenson@wooddale.org if you’re ready to get started in planning your big day with Wooddale Church!

Christian Counseling

For a Christian counseling referral, email pastoral.care@wooddale.org.

Homebound Ministry

Caring volunteers will visit those who are homebound on a regular basis to pray with them, share communion and give updates on what’s happening at Wooddale Church. If you’re interested in becoming a visitor or if you know of a homebound member who would benefit from this ministry, email pastoral.care@wooddale.org.

Hospital Visitation

When illness and hospital stays become a part of our lives, it helps to have a caring person visit and pray with us. If you or a loved one will be in the hospital, email pastoral.care@wooddale.org to set up a visit.

Stephen Ministries

We all experience challenges in life – times when we need extra care and support. Stephen ministers are trained to 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, Stephen ministers support people in these defining moments of life.

Email stephen.ministry@wooddale.org if you need help or would like to become a Stephen minister.