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Journey Programs

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Journey Programs offer you an opportunity to focus on your own personal and spiritual growth in a safe and welcoming environment. You will have a chance to share your ideas and hear others’ reflections on the core topics explored.  The Journey program is a great opportunity for personal growth and to build friendships and connections with people in the Rochester area and beyond.

People who have participated in past Journey programs say:

  • “The Journey has helped me make God a part of my everyday life—not just
    at church on Sunday.”
  • “I appreciated the structure to this program. It helped me personally in my marriage and in building friendships.”
  • “This program has helped me feel closer to my spouse and given us a chance to connect on a deeper level. It has been helpful, reminding me of what is important in life and to be
    grateful for the things I have.”
  • “It is so helpful being in a group— connecting with people and feeling like you are encouraging each other
    on the journey of life.”
  • “The program helped me to feel more part of the community and more integrated.”


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2018 JOURNEY PROGRAM - "Practicing Forgiveness"

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Feburary 4 - March 4

Practice love, even when it’s not easy.
Authentic forgiveness stems from a deep faith that we are enough, that love is abundant, and that even though we have been wronged, we don’t have to spend our emotional energy trying to  have that “debt” paid back to us. This kind of trust doesn’t come easily! It takes practice to train our minds to learn to let go of what’s not important, so we can make room for things that really matter. That’s what Practicing Forgiveness is here to offer – a place for people to come together and focus on ways to learn to accept, forgive and love each other.

Releasing our resentments toward others requires attention, prayer and often community support – three essential components of a small group program. Our goal with this year’s Journey Program involves bringing communities together around the common desire to learn to love and forgive one another. In order to do this, we have based this program on various stories Jesus tells about forgiveness, pairing each Bible story with a powerful story of forgiveness from the Forgiveness Project . Each of the five-weeks of the program has an opportunity to gather and discuss the topic with others in a small group. There are also daily readings of the Practicing Forgiveness workbook, participants are encouraged to practice some element of forgiveness, and see its application to their lives, in addition to various offerings of meditations, activities, and sermons.

Join us as we come together and focus on ways to learn to accept, forgive and love each other. This is an opportunity to practice love, even when it’s not easy We have two world-wide coordinated launches: October 1st, 2017 and February 4th, 2018. Or you can start your own exploration at any time, with our 5 week email program, with readings, insights, and opportunities for reflection.

Weekly topics

Read an overview of each week of the program. Each of the five weeks explores a communication task drawn from the parable:

  • Week 1: Why Forgive? Forgiveness, as a form of surrender and release, expands our capacity to love.
  • Week 2: Forgiving Others True forgiveness blends both mercy and justice.
  • Week 3: Being Forgiven Forgiveness means finding the courage to see our own errors – not just those of others.
  • Week 4: Self-Forgiveness Forgiveness turns away the false messages of harsh self-judgment.
  • Week 5: Transformation Forgiveness transforms us from victim to survivor, from helpless to empowered.
  • Week 6: Wrap up and Celebration Peace and joy comes when we embrace opportunities to forgive.

Elements of the program

As with all of the Journey Programs, you can use the materials in a variety of ways:

  1. Read the materials, using either the workbook, or by subscribing to receive the daily emails.
  2. Meet in a small group to study, discuss, and learn from each other.
  3. Run the program for a congregation, using all the elements below.

Daily readings

Daily Bible study is a wonderful and enriching way to ground your spiritual growth work. The workbook provides ideas for daily reading from scripture, reflections from individuals, and concrete ideas for practicing forgiveness in daily life.

Small groups

A small group is a gathering of people who commit to meet on a weekly basis to explore their faith and support each other in applying that faith to life. Small groups usually include prayer, a time for checking in, and discussions or related activities.

  • To join a small group at oak arbor - please all (248) 652-3420

Weekly worship

Each week, the worship service and Sunday School sessions will focus on one topic of Practicing Forgiveness program.


495 Oak Arbor Circle West, Rochester, MI 48306 

(248) 652-3420

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