Here’s how to get connected:

If you’re new: try Women’s Bible Study on Wednesdays – morning and evening sessions, 300 women ages 20-85, free childcare/children’s program, teaching lecture with small groups.

If you have young children: try MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) on alternate Thursdays. Lots of young moms, great programs.

If you’d like an in-depth, focused Bible study: try Precepts on Tuesdays for personal, inductive study, with directed discussion and learning.

If you’re a single mom, widowed, are a medical spouse or need additional care or prayer: try Healing Hearts (dealing with hurtful afflictions from the past in a small group); Single Moms Bible Study; Side by Side (medical spouse’s group); or Watchmen(prayer group).

We have lots to offer, including our annual Devoted Hearts conference.

All we need is you! Questions? Jennifer Ouren at 507-288-8880.

Warmly in Christ,

Autumn Ridge Women’s Ministry

Types of Programs

Women's Bible Study


Who we are: A Bible Study group which connects you to women of all ages – 18 on up, who are meeting God and making friends.

What we do: Study the Bible through well-prepared teaching lectures, small group discussion, and friendships.

Click here to register for the Fall 2018 – Colossians and Philemon

When we meet:
Wednesdays at 9:30-11:00am in Sanctuary and 6:30-8:00pm in the Common Grounds Cafe. Our first session is Wednesday, September 12th, 2018.

What else should I know? It’s free – including childcare and an excellent children’s program. Coffee and treats each week. A great way to connect with other women.

About the children’s program:

In the morning, your preschool child enjoys learning a Bible lesson based on the passage for that week, crafts, and playtime. The children’s program, headed by Rhoda Levorson, includes a fully staffed nursery for babies and toddlers. There is no cost for the children’s program or nursery, but we do ask you to register your child when you register for the study.

In the evening, there is also a free nursery as well as Kids’ Clubs for your children up to fifth grade. There are also Bible studies for high school students. (Middle school programs meet on Sundays.)

Questions? Jennifer Ouren, or call 507-288-8880


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)MOPSlogo

Who we are: Mothers with children six and under

What we do: Encourage and support you in your parenting

Mothering is the most important job you will ever have! We help you connect with other women in our community, supporting you socially, emotionally, and spiritually through biblical teaching.

During the sessions, women receive a hot breakfast, enjoy great fellowship with other moms in their small group, and hear sound teaching on an area that pertains to motherhood. While women attend MOPS, their children (pre-school aged or younger) attend MOPPETS where they enjoy a craft, music time, and a Bible story.

Here is what women are saying about MOPS:

“MOPS has brought me closer to God through friendships and conversations with other Christian mothers. It has taught me how integral God is in my parenting strategies, my marriage, and in our family life.”

“One of the things MOPS has meant to me is…to be given the chance to step away from motherhood duties long enough to remember the big picture, the importance of what we are doing by investing our time into the lives of our kids, to realize how precious these times are, and to get the views and advice of moms who have already been there.”

“I have found myself opening up more with my faith, becoming more active in my home church, more comfortable talking to my sons about God and the Bible… I have found my relationship with my husband strengthened… and…myself spiritually enriched.”

2018-19 Schedule: We meet from 9:15-11:30AM on the following dates:

  • Sept 13 & 27
  • October 11 & 25
  • November 1 & 15
  • Dec 6
  • Jan 10 & 24
  • February 7 & 21
  • March 7 & 21
  • April 4 & 18
  • May 2 (last real meeting at the church)
  • May 16 (park date)

Where: Summit Room

Fees and Registration

Thank you for your interest in joining MOPS at Autumn Ridge Church. We are getting close to maximum capacity in our childcare. If you would like to email your name, number of children that will be attending, and their ages we will follow up with you. Please email jennifermsteele@hotmail.com

MOPS 2017-2018 Fees

This includes:

MOPS International Fee (You will receive a Welcome Package from MOPS International) and semester fees.

MOPS Semester Fees for the year

  • $90 for the year ($30 MOPS Int’l + $60 Local registration)
  • Register before July 1 and receive a $10 discount

Confidential Scholarships available on request

What else should I know? Draws 80-100 women from the community and church. Hot breakfast! Great parenting topics; small groups.

Questions? Carla Addison 507-513-2696 or Shannon Gladkowski at srg0719@yahoo.com or send an e-mail to arcmops@gmail.com.

Side By Side


Who we are: Women of all ages in a medical marriage coping with the unique demands of life with a med student, resident, fellow, staff physician, or dentist.

What we do: Help you cope, provide support, help you grow in your spiritual life

When we meet: Fridays 9:30 am, September to May; Tuesday evenings (TBD)

Where: Upper Room

To register: click here

What else should I know? Includes large group social and worship time, small group Bible study; childcare is available for a fee

Questions? Jennifer Hess, or http://www.sidebyside-rochester.org/index.html.



Who we are: Women and men who desire to understand the Bible in its historical and cultural context and apply it to our daily lives.

What we do: We study the Bible inductively through observation, interpretation, and application, completing our personal workbook study during the week, and then coming together to learn as a group through directed discussion and in-depth learning.

When we meet: Tuesdays September to May, 9:30 – 11:00 am and 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Where: Luther Room

To register: Registration is NOW open! Click to register.


Hebrews: Jesus, Merciful High Priest

In these last days, God has spoken to us in His Son. What does He say about Jesus, angels, and our great salvation? Learn about Jesus’ superiority to all in this exciting study of Hebrews 1- 4 that enlightens and enlivens Old Testament law and prophecy.This study is open to men and women of all ages.

Beginning September 11, 9:30-11:00 a.m. or 7:00-8:30 p.m.

What else should I know? You will meet new friends as you discover the great joy of learning more about God through the study of His Word.

Questions? Julie Smestad 507-282-5275 or Karen Rucker 507-281-5330.

Healing Hearts


Who we are: Women living with burdens from our pasts, whether that be our own sinful choices or pain inflicted by others

What we do: Use scripture to help you heal from the past in a safe, confidential, small group, without fear of judgment or condemnation. Read more: 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 teach us to apply Scripture to our lives 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 and through our website www.healinghearts.org.

When we meet: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm; other times by arrangement. Registration is first-come, first-served. If the class is full, women are put on a waiting list for next class offered.

Where: TBD

To register: Contact Julie Bashore, Mary Van Peursem, or Tara Maier (see below)

What else should I know? Binding Up the Broken Hearted is for women who have had abortions; The Hem of His Garment is for women suffering from past emotional hurts or abuse. All counselors are trained; extremely confidential; providing healing and help through God’s word and grace. The two studies offered are directed towards different needs. 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 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 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. Once again, all of Hem’s leaders are recipients of God’s healing through his Word and his grace.

Cost: $20 for Bible study materials. No childcare provided.


Julie Bashore 507-261-9650 or julieab@healinghearts.org.
Mary Van Peursem 507-421-9514 or maryv@healinghearts.org
Tara Maier 507-273-3291 or tara.m@healinghearts.org

Autumn Ridge Widows' Life Group

Autumn Ridge Widows’ Life Group

Who we are: A Life Group directed to the unique needs of the widows of Autumn Ridge Church and the Rochester community.

What we do: Pray, laugh, encourage!

When we meet: Twice monthly on Sunday afternoons.

Where: TBD

To register: no registration needed; contact: widows@autumnridgechurch.org.

What else should I know? Walk alongside us as we support each other through prayer, Bible study, and fun.

Questions? Mary Van Peursem 507-288-8880 or widows@autumnridgechurch.org

Watchmen Prayer Group

Watchmen Prayer Group

Who we are: Women and men praying for the needs of our people, church, community and world

What we do: Call on God together; enjoy the benefits of a commitment to prayer

When we meet: Wednesdays 11:00 – noon after Women’s Bible Study

Where: Conference Room

To register: no registration needed; just show up

What else should I know? Prayer is a wonderful way to draw closer to God and to each other.

Questions? Carmen Livingood, livingood.carmen@autumnridgechurch.org or call 507-288-8880

Annual Women's Events

For information on our annual women’s event check the events calendar.


Woman2Woman Mentoring program

Woman2Woman is a mentoring ministry which will encourage the teachings of Titus 2 related to older women teaching younger women. Women will have the opportunity to share life with other women in a small group format. The groups will consist of 1-2 women over the age of 45 who will serve as a mentor to a small group of women under the age of 45. The groups are open to both single and married women.

There are several choices, including various topics and times of meetings. The meeting time is once a month, so pick the topic and time that works best for you. This is a one year commitment that will involve meeting monthly as a group, then you may meet one-on-one once a quarter.   If you would like more information, please e-mail Kathy Baxter.

A Time for Women

A Time for Women

Who we are: Women of all ages are invited to meet together to connect, relax, and do something fun and different. This is a time where one can fellowship, invite friends to attend, learn and share talents, all with a spiritual emphasis.

What we do: At each meeting there is a meaningful devotional and a brief demonstration on a topic of interest. Women are encouraged to bring a project to work on or they can relax and connect with others.

When and where we meet: The second Thursday of each month during the school year from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Summit Room.

Registration: No cost or registration required. Simply come and join us!

What else should I know: Sweet and healthy treats and beverages will be served.

Each month is a different program and demonstration. The demos will vary from the fine arts, health, beauty and wellness, yarn and needle art, beading and jewelry making, hospitality, etc.


To learn more about upcoming programs: Visit or Facebook page


Questions? Mert Armstrong 507-269-7653.

Here’s what women are saying about A Time for Women: ”Great Idea.” “I’m excited to learn about this group.” “Excited about the opportunity to fellowship with other ladies.” “Will come back.” “Excited to be here.”

Hope and Help for the Single Mom


SingleMomsWho we are: Single moms of all ages

What we do: Give you strength by studying God’s word with other women in similar situations.


When we meet: Wednesdays, September to May, 6:30 – 8:00 pm following Kids’ Club calendar.  

Where: Hyde Room (E201)

To register: You do need to register, and the link to the registration form is below.  This group tends to fill up quickly,

Registration Form for Single Moms’ Bible Study

What else should I know? Your children can attend Kids’ Club programs while you enjoy Bible study, fellowship, and prayer. You DO need to register them for that.  The link to Kids’ Club registration will be available below later this summer.

Childcare:  If you have younger children and plan to use the childcare option, you DO need to register for that.  That link will be included on the Bible Study registration form later this summer.

We will be studying “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer.  A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.

If you have questions about the Single Moms’ study, e-mail Hilary Clark at Hihilaryclark@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Events

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