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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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Celebrate Recovery

For many of us, the old way of life isn’t working. Are you looking for some relief and freedom from the struggles in your life? Celebrate Recovery is here to offer you hope and healing for anxiety, anger, divorce, food issues, codependency, relationship problems, alcohol/drug addiction and more.
Celebrate Recovery is offered at two locations. Click below to learn more.

DivorceCare

DivorceCare is a great way to start the healing and recovery process following a divorce or separation. Sessions incorporate video, discussion and teaching, and cover topics such as anger, depression, loneliness, parenting, forgiveness, reconciliation, moving on and God’s role in it all.

Family Grace Groups

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.

Email pastoral.care@wooddale.org to learn more.

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 January 14 – April 8. 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 14: Surviving the Holidays
    Surviving the Holidays features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death. Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength.
  • January 9: Loss of a Spouse
    At Loss of a Spouse, you’ll hear from other people who understand, discover reasons for hope, and learn practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse.

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.

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 Jesus can provide.

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, we’d love to help you prepare and plan for your wedding. We ask that all couples who get married at Wooddale Church or by a Wooddale pastor:
  • Complete premarital counseling through Wooddale at least four months before to the wedding date. This includes 10 hours of counseling as well as a half-day seminar.
  • Become members or regular attenders at least six months before to the wedding date with the intention of remaining part of the Wooddale Church community after the wedding.
  • Complete our seven-step process of:
    • Filling out an application
    • Scheduling an initial meeting with the officiating pastor
    • Completing premarital counseling
    • Completing the half-day seminar
    • Contacting the wedding coordinator to discuss details
    • Scheduling a follow-up meeting with the officiating pastor to discuss wedding details
    • Paying the invoice for the wedding coordinator, facilities, sound technician, candles, honorarium for the officiating pastor and any other items.
Email babs.swanson@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.