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Our aim is to create an environment within churches where unintended pregnancy and post abortion concerns can be shared with grace and compassionate understanding, and to develop support for those who have experienced miscarriage.  We offer resources which will help those affected by these issues to address their concerns in a safe and confidential setting.

WHY SUCH A MINISTRY NOW?

One in three women in the UK will have had an abortion by the time they are 45. Inevitably, this will therefore be a part of the story for many in our churches.

Some women and their partners may have come to terms with their experience of abortion, but others still feel deeply affected, even if they felt it was the right decision at the time.

Many people might hesitate to tell people at church about their abortion, in case their response is unsympathetic or judgmental. This means they are left to deal with the hurt and pain on their own.

WHAT DOES OPEN PROVIDE?

  1. Training for church leaders to address this sensitive subject
  2. Lectures for those studying in theological colleges
  3. Seminars at Christian events
  4. Speakers who can open up the conversation in church congregations
  5. Post-abortion recovery weekends retreats
  6. ‘Loved’ miscarriage healing retreat days
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WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY?

You obviously really understand the dilemmas that church leaders face.
– Manager of Pregnancy Crisis Centre

I’ve been trying to fill a void that will always be part of my story. At 33 years old, a change is coming and I can’t wait.
– Sandra, following a post abortion recovery programme

The lectures opened my eyes and made me more aware of the need to help men and women through this healing process.
– Abigail, Theological College Student.

OPEN AND THE CHURCH

HOW CAN THE CHURCH HELP?

Resources are available to Church leaders and others to help respond appropriately to those affected by abortion. Healing weekend retreats are offered throughout the UK.

Please find our details below and get in touch, see how you can make a difference in your
church family.

WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE:

Training to help leaders in your church to address this sensitive subject. This can be tailored to suit your church context.

Speakers who can open up this subject in a church service.

If you would like to invite a speaker to your church, please click on the button below to get in touch.

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You touched many lives because it was so honest, earthed in the real world of human dilemma and need.

Russ, Church Leader

AFTER AN ABORTION

It is not at all unusual for a woman to experience difficulties following an abortion, and men are often profoundly affected too.

For many, there is an initial sense of relief, but later emotions of sadness, regret and loss can come. Some women wonder if they actually made the wrong decision, and understandably try to bury these negative emotions. This can lead to periods of depression, anxiety and feelings of low self- worth.

For Christians, there is an additional strong spiritual dimension; they may believe they must keep their abortion experience a secret, for fear of being judged. Even knowing in their head that God forgives, many feel unable to receive this, and find it difficult to forgive themselves. This can cause a barrier to come between them and God, which prevents them from embracing all that God has for their lives.

It takes immense courage to begin addressing these painful emotions, but help is available. There are Pregnancy Advice Centres all over the country, almost all of them run by Christians with a heart for women and men in this situation, that offer post abortion recovery counselling. www.pregnancychoicesdirectory.com list these.

There are also OPEN Healing Retreat Weekends, that give the opportunity to work prayerfully through a post abortion healing programme in a safe and relaxed environment.

OPEN Healing Retreat Weekends

The Open post abortion healing retreat weekends take place in relaxed and peaceful venues. There will be sensitive teaching in a small and confidential group setting, and the opportunity for attendees to gently work through their experience with up to 5 other participants. There will be no pressure to share, and everything discussed will be treated with confidence.

The retreat will be led by advisors with many years’ experience in post abortion counselling, and is delivered from a Christian faith context. However, all are welcome!

Previous participants found that their abortion experience was never far from their minds, and yet they could not resolve the feelings themselves. They have found post abortion support groups to be to be life changing and healing times.

If the abortion is very recent, it may be more beneficial to wait a while, but please contact us to chat this over.

Cost: £195. To include 2 nights stay with full board. (If the cost is a concern, there may be help available.)

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This has been life changing…
Becky, aged 27

I left the weekend, feeling hopeful and excited about the future.
Helen aged 34

For more information or to book please contact us.

Women don’t have to go through the struggles that can follow abortion alone. They can find the support they need and start back on the road to inner peace and healing.

AFTER A MISCARRIAGE

A quarter of known pregnancies in the UK sadly end in miscarriage. These statistics suggest that losing a baby is a fairly common occurrence but it’s not everyday that you find out your baby has died. Sadly, this experience is often not spoken about, in our churches as well as in society, and so the grief and pain surrounding it is surrounded by silence. For many women and their partners, the only option is to put on a brave face. But emotions following an abortion can include guilt, anger and a sense of loss and bewilderment.

Part of the healing process is to talk and share with others who have also known this loss, and to acknowledge that these babies were loved. our LOVED retreat offers the opportunity to do this in safe and peaceful surroundings. They happen twice a year and we welcome anyone who has been affected by miscarriage in any way.

Loved Miscarriage Healing Retreats

“Loved” is a day retreat in peaceful surroundings, offering the opportunity to explore the emotions involved following a miscarriage experience, to share with others who have also known such a loss, and to consider the way forward. It will be a day to acknowledge that these babies were loved.

The retreat will be led by Jenny Baines, who has many years of experience in coming alongside those who have known pregnancy loss, and by Hannah Holland who has walked this journey, and has a heart for lifting the silence, and bringing hope and healing to those affected by miscarriage. The retreat is based on the principles of the Christian faith and will include prayer and Bible readings. However, those with a Christian faith and those of no faith are all welcome.

Cost: £20 including lunch and refreshments.

For more information or to book please contact us.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OPEN Post Abortion Healing Retreat Weekends

Penhurst Retreat Centre
Penhurst
Battle
East Sussex
TN33 9QP
28th Feb – 1st Mar 2020

Seminar – ‘A Pastoral Response to Abortion’

Jenny will be delivering a seminar: ‘A Pastoral Response to Abortion”  at the  ‘Churches that Change Communities’ Conference, Jubilee Plus, Bristol. (jubilee-plus.org)
16th Nov 2019  

For more information on any of our events please contact us.

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ONE OF THE GREATEST PASTORAL CHALLENGES IN THE CHURCH TODAY IS HOW WE SUPPORT WOMEN WHO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN OF AN ABORTION. THIS MINISTRY BRINGS TENDERNESS, TRUTH AND HOPE TO THOSE WHO ARE DEALING WITH THIS EXPERIENCE. OPEN CAN HELP LOCAL CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUAL WOMEN TO FIND A PATHWAY OF HEALING IN THE MIDST OF UNSPOKEN BUT DEEPLY-FELT LOSS.

– Rev Malcolm Duncan, Senior Pastor, Dundonald Elim Church, Belfast

 

Jenny Baines

JENNY BAINES

Consultant for OPEN

Jenny has been involved for over twenty years with those affected by unintended pregnancy and post abortion concerns.

She is convinced that this is the right time for such a ministry as OPEN, and CARE is privileged to launch this new initiative.

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I ASK THAT YOUR MINDS MAY BE OPENED TO SEE HIS LIGHT. SO THAT YOU WILL KNOW WHAT IS THE HOPE TO WHICH IT HAS CALLED YOU, HOW RICH ARE THE WONDERFUL BLESSINGS HE PROMISES HIS PEOPLE.

STORIES

THREE STORIES

AUGUST 2018

Three women share their stories and tell us their experiences of attending an Open healing retreat.

OLIVIA’S STORY

Olivia shares how coming to a ‘Loved’ miscarriage healing day helped her to ‘see the light from a very dark place.’ This is my story… My life back in 2016 was a …

JILL’S STORY

Read how Jill* now uses her experience of abortion and healing to help others facing an unintended pregnancy... I was 21, married with a little daughter aged 2. My marriage was …

HELEN’S STORY

Helen shares her experience of attending an OPEN retreat and how she left resolving to take up photography again… ‘When I was a little girl I used to dream about being …

JORDAN AND JODIE

Through the eyes of a husband and wife… Jordan’s Story God has searched me and he knows me…he knows everything about me. He knew that I would come to Edinburgh to study, …

CAROLINE’S STORY

Through the eyes of a mother/ grandmother… It was a very normal Wednesday morning in February 1987. My daughter was home from college and we were making the beds and tidying …

SANDRA’S STORY

Sandra attended a post abortion healing group, in Illinois, USA, which was introduced by Jenny Baines. Sandra shared this with us… ‘Twelve years ago this past April, I terminated a pregnancy, …

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CONTACT US

Open
53 Romney Street
London, SW1P 3RF
open@care.org.uk
020 7227 4709

If you’re wanting to book a retreat, a church visit/seminar or simply would like to know more please fill in the contact form below.

Disclaimer: Please be aware when contacting OPEN that those responding to calls and emails may not be trained counsellors. They will, however, endeavour to redirect to an appropriate person or signpost to other agencies as necessary.

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