Imago Dei Sanctuary
1400 SE Ankeny St.
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We support each other through a transformative process of self-examination, sharing, encouragement and accountability. Refuge strives to be a safe place where our pain and our struggles are met by Christ’s love and grace.
We always have an open group that anyone can join. No registration or commitment is required; just drop in. We also offer closed groups for men and women. These groups make a commitment to each other to meet for 13 weeks, maintain confidentiality, and complete homework assignments. We find trust, support, and accountability walking with others who are experiencing similar life struggles. Together we work through a Biblically-based curriculum of healing, transformation, and grace.
Our next season of closed groups will begin in September, to join our contact list or if you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. All groups are subject to the availability of facilitators and participants.
For information about counseling and other recovery resources, check out our Counselor Referral list.
Ongoing. Learn about safe people and tools for healthy relationships. No commitment required, just drop in. All are welcome!
Abuse can take on many forms: physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, spiritual… it happens in all kinds of relationships and can be overt and public, or subtle and secretive. While the details of our individual stories may be quite different, the consequences of abuse are often strikingly similar. When we experience abuse, it usually results in feelings of shame, powerlessness, isolation, and emotional detachment. Abuse colors the way we feel about ourselves and the way we relate to God and others. In Mending the Soul, we explore the nature of abuse, learn more about how it may have impacted us, and engage in a process of healing as we reconnect with God and others from a place of hope and healing. Mending the Soul is offered in separate groups for men and for women and typically lasts 12 weeks.
Shame & Grace is a group that offers the opportunity to process and understand the many ways that shame can infiltrate and affect our lives. While our stories are unique and can range from histories of abuse, addiction, grief or unhealthy relationships, shame is often a common denominator linking those different experiences. Together, we will explore how shame enters into our lives, healthy vs. unhealthy experiences of shame and how we can move out of shame and into the freedom of grace.
Whether in relationships, at work, with our kids, and even with God, boundaries help us determine what is our responsibility and what is the responsibility of others. We will learn how to set limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally so that all our relationships can be more healthy and balanced.
From the text we will be working through, Love is a Choice, “God wants us to have healthy relationships with a balance between being dependent and independent. The doctors describe how the most effective means of overcoming codependent relationships is to establish or deepen a relationship with Christ Himself.”
The Grief support group provides a place for people who have experienced a significant loss in their lives to process their grief with others who are on a similar journey. Grieving people often feel alone. As a result, receiving support in the context of a Christian community can be very valuable for the healing process.
Participants will engage in journaling, personal sharing, and group interactions. The group will help the participants to connect God’s truth to their life and specific situation, as well as to experience God’s comfort and hope. Together the participants will walk through the core themes in healing from grief presented in The Understanding Your Grief Journal by Alan Wolfelt.
Genesis Change groups are gender-specific small groups of people who desire to change because they are tired of struggling with painful chronic personal problems or self-destructive coping behaviors such as drug/alcohol abuse, sex and food. These groups utilize a biblically grounded curriculum called The Genesis Change Process, which guides the participants through their recovery process.
From the text: “The Genesis Change Process is an attempt to provide the necessary understanding, as well as the practical tools, for real and permanent change. It is a blend of biblical principles, understanding of the brain, and proven recovery strategies for not only freedom from self-destructive behaviors, but also addressing the underlying issues that drive them.”