Beginning 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
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
Dealing with emotions/finding support
Managing finances/lifestyle adjustments
Bringing about spiritual healing
Part II – for those past the initial trauma of divorce and looking for support as they move forward
Dealing with day-to-day matters, ex-spouse, ex-in-laws
Learning how to recognize your own needs
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.