Types of Programs
Our Vision: Compassion In Action – No One Should Hurt Alone
What Is Stephen Ministry?
In the gospels, Jesus commands us to love God, love one another, and love ourselves (Matt. 22:37, Mk 12:30, Lk 10:27). We are to love others as Jesus has loved us, and this is how the world will know that we belong to Him (John 13:34-35). Stephen Ministry is named after the apostle who was “full of the Spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6:3). Stephen was chosen to wait on tables, to serve those in need. In the Greek, diakonia meant to serve, whether by preaching the Word or distributing food. The two were seen as equally valuable by the apostles in ministering to the needs of people. Stephen humbly accepted this position and eventually became the first Christian martyr.
We are called, as the church of Jesus Christ, to minister to the needs of others. In doing so we must understand that this is an important way we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to a broken world. Stephen Ministry is a distinctively Christian caregiving ministry in which individual care givers are matched with individual care receivers. These one to one relationships are characterized by compassion, faith, trustworthiness, and active listening skills demonstrated on behalf of the one receiving care. These confidential relationships, which last for as long as the care receiver needs them, are not counseling sessions, support groups, or a time for idle chit-chat. Stephen Ministers have been trained extensively to listen and walk alongside a brother or sister who is hurting in a non-judgmental way. They understand that God is the “cure-giver” and we are the “care-giver”. It may be requested for any number of reasons. Loss of a loved one, divorce, or a medical diagnosis are just some of the areas that a Stephen Minister can help.
Are you going through a difficult time? Could you benefit from having someone to talk to? Do you have a heart for those in need? Can you empathize with someone who just needs a listening ear? Stop by the Connection Center after services to get more information or call the church office at 288 -8880.
I Need a Stephen Minister
No matter how strong we think we may be, there are times in everyone’s life when we need someone to come along side us to help us move on. Whether we are grieving the loss of a loved one, are experiencing an unexpected life change, we need someone to show us they care. Stephen Ministry at Autumn Ridge Church is a ministry that personally extends the love of Jesus Christ to people experiencing a difficult time.
Stephen Ministers are not counselors, nor do they offer counseling. However, they are a team of caring individuals who have been specially trained to offer care and support to people experiencing a wide range of life difficulties. They will work with a person one-on-one to see them through their dark time by showing them the light of God’s healing.
If you would like someone who will come alongside you to a place of comfort or healing, click on the button below, complete the short form, and we will contact you. You may also contact Annie Abbott at 288-8880 or Abbott.Annie@autumnridgechurch.org.
How do I become a Stephen Minister?
First of all, thank you for your interest in becoming a Stephen Minister. The number one characteristic for being a Stephen Minister is a deep desire to serve others during times of personal difficulty.
After expressing an interest in becoming a Stephen Minister, a candidate will be interviewed to help them understand the scope of what is involved in Stephen Ministry, and for us to learn about that person’s areas of interest as it relates to serving in this ministry.
Our Stephen Ministers are well trained through a proven 50 hour curriculum that gives Stephen Ministers a background in using active listening skills and helping people through a wide range of life experiences. Being a Stephen Minister can be a rewarding experience, but it does require a commitment of at least eighteen months.
It is our desire to seek ways to effectively meet the needs of people in need. As Stephen Ministers, we are part of a decades old national organization, allowing us access to the experience and resources of many who have gone before us.
If you have a desire to become involved with Stephen Ministry, click on the button below, fill in your contact information, scroll down to the Stephen Ministry heading, click the Stephen Minister box, and click Submit at the bottom of the form. We will contact you. You may also contact Pastor Karen Foster or Annie Abbott at 288-8880 or email Annie at Abbott.Annie@autumnridgechurch.org.
Prayer/Care/Support Ministry Opportunities
Do you have the spiritual gift of faith, mercy, compassion, helping, discernment, or wisdom and have a passion to serve others in the form of prayer? If so, we have four prayer ministries that you could serve by praying for our leaders, congregation, church services, prayer requests, and personal prayer services.
The Watchmen Ministry
Do you find it easy to pray for others? Become a part of this vital group of intercessors who pray every Wednesday morning for God’s will to be done for the church’s direction, our leaders, our ministries, our congregation, the community, the country, and the world. (Isaiah 62:6). For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Sue Seiler (507) 250-2813 or by email at email@example.com.
Prayer Walkers Ministry
Do you have a passion for asking God to bless our church and all those who enter? Join others before the services on either Sunday at 8 AM or Saturday at 4:30 PM and pray for the pastoral staff, the congregation, the message, and the music for God’s will to be done and open the hearts of all those who enter. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Joan Luhmann (507) 287-6942 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care/Prayer ridgeLINK Ministry
Do you have a busy work or home schedule, but are a prayer warrior and have a passion for those in need? Join these prayer warriors who receive emailed prayer requests and pray diligently for all those who are asking for God’s guidance, in a myriad of ways, for their lives of and the lives of their loved ones. You can be a part of this team whenever it fits into your non-routine or routine daily schedule. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Mary VanPeursem (507) 288-8880 or by email at email@example.com.
Personal Prayer Ministry
Do you want to lead somone to Christ with a prayer or perhaps someone who is asking for an intercessory, like you, to pray with them for healing, strength or a blessing? Become a part of this ministry and pray with somone, one-on-one privately, who comes forward at one of the four servicess held at Autumn Ridge Church. If you are interested, you will receive training for this most important ministry. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact April Rowe (507) 288-8880 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have the spiritual gift of compassion, mercy, encouragement, discernment, or wisdom and have a passion to serve others in need? If so, we four care ministries that you could serve with a divine purpose.
Do you love encouraging people and have a passion for the elderly or those who have physical needs? Join the team that visits members who are either no longer able to attend church, limited in some way from attending church, in the hospital, at a nursing home, or home-bound. We meet Thursday mornings for devotions before going out to visit. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Sandee Johnson (507) 289-1707 or by email at Johnson.Sandee@AutumnRidgeChurch.org.
Do you love to cook and have a passion for meeting the needs of others? Come join our team that cooks and delivers three meals for those who are recoving from an illness, accident, birth of a child, or death of a family member. You can easily fit this into a busy lifestyle by choosing the day and the meal you want to preprare and deliver. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Susie Kesler (507) 252-0000 or by email at Kesler.Susie@AutumnRindgeChurch.org.
Compass Point Ministry
Do you have a passion for those who have suffered a loss? Use your gifts and help these widows/widowers find their compass after losing a spouse. Compass Point is held every Tuesday evening and opens with a biblical lesson followed by a time of discussion and small group prayer. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Svea Merry (507) 358-9852 or by email at email@example.com.
Do you find it easy to comfort those at end-of-life? Join the team that supports family members by listening, reading, and providing comfort care through touch, words, and scripture. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Sandy Stensland (507) 254-5261 or by email at Sandystens@gmail.com.
Caregiver Support Group:
Caregiver Support Ministry
Do you love helping people who have physical needs? Use your gifts and come join the team that serves caregivers by sitting with their loved one while they run an errand, go to a doctor’s appointment, or out to lunch for some respite care. Caregiver Support ministry is an ongoing need. For more information, or to serve on this team, contact Carol Heerema (507) 288-3957 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is the Caregiver Support Group for?
This group is for family and friends involved with helping anyone with a medical condition, injury, or normal age related changes. A caregiver is anyone who cares for a loved one, whether it’s occasional help or 24/7 hands on care. Some people do not think of themselves as a caregiver, they feel they are just doing what any good spouse, child, or friend would do. Even if you are only occasionally shoveling the sidewalk or picking up groceries, you are a caregiver. If you have been a caregiver in the past, please consider joining us to share your hard-earned wisdom with new caregivers.
What is the Caregiver Support Group?
This will be a drop-in group where family and friends of people needing care can connect with others that are experiencing similar situations. You’ll have the opportunity to share the joys and frustrations of day-to-day challenges. You’ll be able to ask questions of others and share your own experiences. Get caregiving tips, advice, and support. Share, vent, laugh.
Why is the Caregiver Support Group offered?
Being a caregiver is challenging. You have to gain new skills, such as learning new ways to communicate, and/or develop new ways to relate to your loved one. It may involve new living arrangements and gaining new medical knowledge. This can result in a great deal of stress that can have serious implications on the rest of your life. Come and connect with those who understand what you’re going through. You don’t need to go it alone!
We meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 am in the Luther Room (next to the SkyBridge at Door #3). No pre-registration is necessary.
How to get more information about Caregiver Support Group?
The sessions will be facilitated by Diane Pritchett and Carol Heerema. You can get more information by emailing Diane at email@example.com.
We are members of Autumn ridge Church, who have a heart for the spiritual care of patients nearing the end of life and for their families, who care for them. We respect the dignity and privacy of each hospice patient and family, and we maintain confidentiality of information shared during visits.
We come along side doctors, nurses, and hospice care personnel, bringing a Christian message of hope, spiritual healing, and salvation. We help patients and families live fully in Christ throughout.
What do we do?
- We visit hospice patients and families in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices.
- We listen to concerns of patients and their families.
- We assess patient and family spiritual needs.
- We provide spiritual care and comfort through touch, reading scriptures, and prayer.
- We help families say goodbye to their loved ones.
- We offer communion
Grief Support Ministry:
We are members of Autumn Ridge Church, who provide support to church members/families, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. We respect the dignity and privacy of the bereaved, and we maintain confidentiality of information shared during visits.
We help church members to manage their grief by walking beside them during their grief journey and help redirect the bereaved to be more aware of God’s new purpose for them, as “He never wastes a hurt.”
What do we do?
- We send sympathy cards to the bereaved.
- We meet with bereaved church members to discuss spiritual needs, grief symptoms, etc.
- We pray and/or read scripture with the bereaved.
- We call a pastor as needed.
- We provide referral sources if requested to do so.
- We provide written material on managing grief.
- We invite families to attend a memorial service every May in honor of the deceased.
Grief Care Suppport Group
Grief Care Support Group for People who have lost a loved person through death.
When: Thursday evenings starting October 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for 8 weeks
Location: Luther Room B
Group size limited to 12 attendees
Prerequisite: Minimum of 3 months after the death
Pre-registration is required. To register please contact Annie Abbott at the church (507) 288-8880 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALING HEARTS MINISTRY
Healing Hearts is a Christian organization devoted to helping women heal from hurtful afflictions in their past while providing a safe place to share their pain with other women without fear of judgment or condemnation.
If you are a prisoner of shame or guilt because of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or abortion, Healing Hearts offers the wholeness, healing, and forgiveness of God found through His Son, Jesus Christ.
What is a Healing Hearts Support Group?
Healing Hearts studies and applies Scripture in a small group, consisting of about 4 women and 2 trained lay counselors. The size of our support groups allow for quality time for each woman and her individual needs. Leaders who have personally walked through the healing process themselves offer unconditional love and continually pray for group participants. All groups and shared information remain strictly confidential. One-on-one counseling is also available via telephone counseling, a support group setting, and through our website www.healinghearts.org.
Healing Hearts Bible Studies
Two studies are offered – one for those suffering from the pain of past emotional hurts or physical/sexual abuse and the other for those suffering from post-abortion shame or guilt. Each woman can expect to have weekly homework assignments to help her work through past hurts and the feelings that accompany them.
Binding Up the Broken Hearted
Binding Up the Broken Hearted is for women who suffer from the after affects of an abortion. Women are led to hope and healing through studying what God’s Word says about abortion, anger, shame, guilt, forgiveness, purity, and other topics. All leaders of these groups/study have had abortions and found healing from God’s Word with the help of this study.
The Hem of His Garment
The Hem of His Garment is for women who need help overcoming the pain of afflictions of their past. Women who have suffered loss, sexual abuse, divorce, rape, and other traumas are supported through this study. Like Binding Up, Hem’s focus is to lead women to hope and healing through studying what God’s Word says concerning sin, anger, guilt, shame, forgiveness, purity, and other topics. This is NOT an abortion study. Once again, all of Hem’s leaders are recipients of God’s healing through his Word and his grace.
Groups meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 PM and at other times by arrangement.
Registration and Fees
- First-come, first-served basis. If the class is full, women are put on a waiting list for next class offered.
- Contact Julie Bashore by phone at (507) 261-9650 or by email for more information.
- $20 covers cost of Bible study materials
- No childcare is provided
HOPE is a ministry for mothers who are grieving the loss of their unborn baby. Beyond the darkness there is a Light and Comfort for your broken heart. We strive to be the tangible love of Christ; to offer continued care and to share in the hope that comes only through Christ Jesus.
For further information, please contact Allison Loftus through the church office by calling 288-8880. More…
Our purpose is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery principles. This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our lives problems.
By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program, we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ.
Welcome to an AMAZING ADVENTURE!
When we meet
We meet: Fridays 7:00pm for worship. 8:00pm for small groups. 9:00pm for Solid Rock Cafe.
For more information contact:
Director of Celebrate Recovery (volunteer)
email: Gary Seaquist
Do You Have a Heart for Ministering to Children?
Additional volunteers are needed to provide the conduit of love, compassion and connection to Christ to children from toddlers through middle schoolers every Friday night. These kids are here as their parents attend the Celebrate Recovery program for dealing with hurts, habits and hang-ups. This is a volunteer position, but it could possibly become a paid part-time position. Volunteers need to be 18 or older and will need to complete a background check if we don’t already have one on file for you.
If interested, click here to go to the online form. Scroll down to Celebrate Recovery, click on Childcare, and then Submit. We will follow up with you.
Other Celebrate Recovery groups in the area:
Community Celebration Church
27401 County Highway 34, Kasson, MN, 55920
Monday’s @ 6:00
Contact Info: Tim Peterson (507) 269-8360