Beginning Experience:

be_logoBeginning Experience (B.E.) is a Catholic based weekend program for adults grieving the loss of a relationship due to separation, death or divorce.  The weekends are centered at Luther Crest Bible Camp near Alexandria, MN. and serves those of all faiths.  “This was my first step out of grief and self-pity,” was a comment made by a participant on one of our weekends; our goal for each weekend could not be better stated!  We also offer a Young Peoples’ program which runs concurrently with the adult program and serves youth family members ages 12-18. Engaging younger family members help them cope and adjust to a new family dynamic. All programs assist with the natural grief process and offer an opportunity, through God, for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth.

B.E. has two concurrently run programs at Luther Crest: one for adults and one for those ages twelve to eighteen. Three B.E. weekends are scheduled: October 6-8, 2017.  To receive an application, or for more information on either program, call (888) 565-0178 or visit http://www.beginningexperiencecentralmn.org

 

 

Monday Night Separated and Divorce Group

This Christian based support group for separated and divorced persons meets each Monday evening from 7 to 9 pm at Love of Christ Lutheran Church,  1971 Pine Cone Road, St Cloud, MN 56303.  No charge, but a free will offering is accepted.  For additional information, call Georgia Huling at (320) 290-5935.

 

 

Life After Divorce

Life After Divorce: A Catholic Survival Guide

This 6-week program is specifically designed to bring healing and hope to separated/divorced Catholics.  The video and facilitated discussion format will explore the challenges of the separated/divorced process to assist individuals to more fully live their faith life.

Part I – for the recently separated or divorced 

Session Content:

Dealing with emotions/finding support

Managing finances/lifestyle adjustments

Supporting children/co-parenting

Bringing about spiritual healing

Part II – for those past the initial trauma of divorce and looking for support as they move forward

  Session Content:

Dealing with day-to-day matters, ex-spouse, ex-in-laws

Learning how to recognize your own needs

Forgiveness

Finding your place in the greater community

New dating relationships

Parts I & II will run simultaneously for 6 weeks. It is recommended you commit to participating in each session to experience the full benefits of the group. We have closed the October/November 2017 series.  Please look back in January for information on the Lent 2018 series.

 Resources and Articles for Step Families

Did you know?

  • That one-third of all children in the US will have a stepparent by age 18 (50% will at some point in their lifetime).
  • On average, it takes more time for a child to adjust to a parent’s remarriage than to the original parental divorce.