Single parent support program to run at Bethel Church Waterdown

News Aug 26, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

At the best of times, raising kids is hard work; doing it alone makes it even more of a challenge.

With the aim of offering support to local single parent families, Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waterdown is launching a 13-week program on Sept. 14 that will address topics such as money and career, dating and sexuality, emotions, hope and, of course, parenting techniques.

Participants are assured that no concern is too big or small to bring to the group.

“My parents live in Alberta,” noted Adriana Traas, who will be one of the three facilitators for the Single & Parenting program and is herself a single parent.

“I had one small challenge: when you go out in the evening, how do you get the babysitter home afterward?” she continued.

“And, while I was raising my kids, I went back to school. What do you do when childcare breaks down?”

The idea to host the Single & Parenting sessions, which run each Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m., stemmed from the church’s community outreach work, noted Bethel’s co-ordinator of youth Joanne Adema.

The need was recognized when they met families attending the Divorce Care for Kids program that has run twice at the church and will start up again in January.

“We saw that the parents could use something too,” said Adema.

The format for the Single & Parenting meetings, which are scheduled early and offer childcare, includes watching a video, participating in group discussions and completing a personal workbook.

Traas, who has a background in teaching, stressed that the sessions are not designed just for divorced parents. “It’s for all kinds of single parents – by choice, divorced, widowed – each one has its own challenges,” she said.

And busy moms or dads shouldn’t be daunted by the idea of “homework,” she added.

“It takes maybe five minutes a day,” she explained.

While there is a religious component included in the material, all single parents are welcome.

“People don’t have to be religious to attend,” said Traas.

“It is for everyone.”

Adema pointed out that in addition to the material, the meetings offer time for single parents to find a network of support with other single parents.

“It’s just nice to have someone to talk to and say ‘This happened to me too, and this is what I did,’” she said.

Single & Parenting starts on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Bethel Church, which is located at 616 Dundas Street East (at Kerns Road).

There is a $20 fee to cover the program materials.

More information is available by calling 905-689-7796 or emailing office@bethelcrc.ca.

Single parent support program to run at Bethel Church Waterdown

Sessions start Sept. 14

News Aug 26, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

At the best of times, raising kids is hard work; doing it alone makes it even more of a challenge.

With the aim of offering support to local single parent families, Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waterdown is launching a 13-week program on Sept. 14 that will address topics such as money and career, dating and sexuality, emotions, hope and, of course, parenting techniques.

Participants are assured that no concern is too big or small to bring to the group.

“My parents live in Alberta,” noted Adriana Traas, who will be one of the three facilitators for the Single & Parenting program and is herself a single parent.

“I had one small challenge: when you go out in the evening, how do you get the babysitter home afterward?” she continued.

“And, while I was raising my kids, I went back to school. What do you do when childcare breaks down?”

The idea to host the Single & Parenting sessions, which run each Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m., stemmed from the church’s community outreach work, noted Bethel’s co-ordinator of youth Joanne Adema.

The need was recognized when they met families attending the Divorce Care for Kids program that has run twice at the church and will start up again in January.

“We saw that the parents could use something too,” said Adema.

The format for the Single & Parenting meetings, which are scheduled early and offer childcare, includes watching a video, participating in group discussions and completing a personal workbook.

Traas, who has a background in teaching, stressed that the sessions are not designed just for divorced parents. “It’s for all kinds of single parents – by choice, divorced, widowed – each one has its own challenges,” she said.

And busy moms or dads shouldn’t be daunted by the idea of “homework,” she added.

“It takes maybe five minutes a day,” she explained.

While there is a religious component included in the material, all single parents are welcome.

“People don’t have to be religious to attend,” said Traas.

“It is for everyone.”

Adema pointed out that in addition to the material, the meetings offer time for single parents to find a network of support with other single parents.

“It’s just nice to have someone to talk to and say ‘This happened to me too, and this is what I did,’” she said.

Single & Parenting starts on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Bethel Church, which is located at 616 Dundas Street East (at Kerns Road).

There is a $20 fee to cover the program materials.

More information is available by calling 905-689-7796 or emailing office@bethelcrc.ca.

Single parent support program to run at Bethel Church Waterdown

Sessions start Sept. 14

News Aug 26, 2016 by Brenda Jefferies Flamborough Review

At the best of times, raising kids is hard work; doing it alone makes it even more of a challenge.

With the aim of offering support to local single parent families, Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waterdown is launching a 13-week program on Sept. 14 that will address topics such as money and career, dating and sexuality, emotions, hope and, of course, parenting techniques.

Participants are assured that no concern is too big or small to bring to the group.

“My parents live in Alberta,” noted Adriana Traas, who will be one of the three facilitators for the Single & Parenting program and is herself a single parent.

“I had one small challenge: when you go out in the evening, how do you get the babysitter home afterward?” she continued.

“And, while I was raising my kids, I went back to school. What do you do when childcare breaks down?”

The idea to host the Single & Parenting sessions, which run each Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m., stemmed from the church’s community outreach work, noted Bethel’s co-ordinator of youth Joanne Adema.

The need was recognized when they met families attending the Divorce Care for Kids program that has run twice at the church and will start up again in January.

“We saw that the parents could use something too,” said Adema.

The format for the Single & Parenting meetings, which are scheduled early and offer childcare, includes watching a video, participating in group discussions and completing a personal workbook.

Traas, who has a background in teaching, stressed that the sessions are not designed just for divorced parents. “It’s for all kinds of single parents – by choice, divorced, widowed – each one has its own challenges,” she said.

And busy moms or dads shouldn’t be daunted by the idea of “homework,” she added.

“It takes maybe five minutes a day,” she explained.

While there is a religious component included in the material, all single parents are welcome.

“People don’t have to be religious to attend,” said Traas.

“It is for everyone.”

Adema pointed out that in addition to the material, the meetings offer time for single parents to find a network of support with other single parents.

“It’s just nice to have someone to talk to and say ‘This happened to me too, and this is what I did,’” she said.

Single & Parenting starts on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Bethel Church, which is located at 616 Dundas Street East (at Kerns Road).

There is a $20 fee to cover the program materials.

More information is available by calling 905-689-7796 or emailing office@bethelcrc.ca.