DivorceCare for Kids at Waterdown's Bethel Church starting Jan. 13

WhatsOn Jan 07, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Bethel Christian Reformed Church is holding a program to help children heal from the hurt of divorce for a second time.

DivorceCare for Kids, a nondenominational divorce support program for children that includes biblical teaching, runs in 13-week cycles and is designed for children aged five to 12. The program will start at Bethel Jan. 13 and run from 4-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights until April.

Teresa Groen, the program lead at Bethel, said the program – which was run at the church for the first time last year – was well-received.

“It went very well,” she said. “There were 13 families who participated in the program, and 13 of those families completed the program, which was great.

“We had really positive feedback from parents and from kids.”

Groen noted running the program at Bethel stems out of other ministry work the church has been doing in the community. The church learned about the program from Drummond House, who wanted to offer it, but didn’t have the manpower. As a result, the church decided to offer the program to the community last year.

Groen noted it doesn’t have to be a child who has recently gone through a divorce.

“If they’re up to age 12, if they’ve experienced divorce in the family, they’re eligible for the program.”

A counselor focusing on individual family therapy, Groen said each week of the program has a different theme – including what’s happening in their family and working through the emotions that come with separation.

“Each session moves up to the closing session, which is finding when you are closer to God, that God is there for the child no matter what is happening.”

She added the program doesn’t seek to repair marriages, but to help the children cope with the reality of separation and divorce. Parents receive a note at the end of each session detailing what was talked about during the session.

“One of the big things that we talk about is that divorce is between the parents, it’s not their fault,” she said of children. “Then we work through how to understand what they’re feeling – especially anger and sadness.

“What are appropriate ways to express those things?”

Each weekly meeting also ends with a dinner for the families and children. Groen noted that was a highlight for parents during last year’s program.

Groen added the program includes everything from journaling, to puzzles and crafts.

She said families are welcome to repeat the program.

“We allow them to do the program twice or three times, depending on the age of the child,” she explained. Groen added children must be in Senior Kindergarten to attend.

For more information or to register call Bethel at 905-689-7796 or online at www.bethelcrc.ca.

DivorceCare for Kids at Waterdown's Bethel Church starting Jan. 13

WhatsOn Jan 07, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Bethel Christian Reformed Church is holding a program to help children heal from the hurt of divorce for a second time.

DivorceCare for Kids, a nondenominational divorce support program for children that includes biblical teaching, runs in 13-week cycles and is designed for children aged five to 12. The program will start at Bethel Jan. 13 and run from 4-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights until April.

Teresa Groen, the program lead at Bethel, said the program – which was run at the church for the first time last year – was well-received.

“It went very well,” she said. “There were 13 families who participated in the program, and 13 of those families completed the program, which was great.

“We had really positive feedback from parents and from kids.”

Groen noted running the program at Bethel stems out of other ministry work the church has been doing in the community. The church learned about the program from Drummond House, who wanted to offer it, but didn’t have the manpower. As a result, the church decided to offer the program to the community last year.

Groen noted it doesn’t have to be a child who has recently gone through a divorce.

“If they’re up to age 12, if they’ve experienced divorce in the family, they’re eligible for the program.”

A counselor focusing on individual family therapy, Groen said each week of the program has a different theme – including what’s happening in their family and working through the emotions that come with separation.

“Each session moves up to the closing session, which is finding when you are closer to God, that God is there for the child no matter what is happening.”

She added the program doesn’t seek to repair marriages, but to help the children cope with the reality of separation and divorce. Parents receive a note at the end of each session detailing what was talked about during the session.

“One of the big things that we talk about is that divorce is between the parents, it’s not their fault,” she said of children. “Then we work through how to understand what they’re feeling – especially anger and sadness.

“What are appropriate ways to express those things?”

Each weekly meeting also ends with a dinner for the families and children. Groen noted that was a highlight for parents during last year’s program.

Groen added the program includes everything from journaling, to puzzles and crafts.

She said families are welcome to repeat the program.

“We allow them to do the program twice or three times, depending on the age of the child,” she explained. Groen added children must be in Senior Kindergarten to attend.

For more information or to register call Bethel at 905-689-7796 or online at www.bethelcrc.ca.

DivorceCare for Kids at Waterdown's Bethel Church starting Jan. 13

WhatsOn Jan 07, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Bethel Christian Reformed Church is holding a program to help children heal from the hurt of divorce for a second time.

DivorceCare for Kids, a nondenominational divorce support program for children that includes biblical teaching, runs in 13-week cycles and is designed for children aged five to 12. The program will start at Bethel Jan. 13 and run from 4-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights until April.

Teresa Groen, the program lead at Bethel, said the program – which was run at the church for the first time last year – was well-received.

“It went very well,” she said. “There were 13 families who participated in the program, and 13 of those families completed the program, which was great.

“We had really positive feedback from parents and from kids.”

Groen noted running the program at Bethel stems out of other ministry work the church has been doing in the community. The church learned about the program from Drummond House, who wanted to offer it, but didn’t have the manpower. As a result, the church decided to offer the program to the community last year.

Groen noted it doesn’t have to be a child who has recently gone through a divorce.

“If they’re up to age 12, if they’ve experienced divorce in the family, they’re eligible for the program.”

A counselor focusing on individual family therapy, Groen said each week of the program has a different theme – including what’s happening in their family and working through the emotions that come with separation.

“Each session moves up to the closing session, which is finding when you are closer to God, that God is there for the child no matter what is happening.”

She added the program doesn’t seek to repair marriages, but to help the children cope with the reality of separation and divorce. Parents receive a note at the end of each session detailing what was talked about during the session.

“One of the big things that we talk about is that divorce is between the parents, it’s not their fault,” she said of children. “Then we work through how to understand what they’re feeling – especially anger and sadness.

“What are appropriate ways to express those things?”

Each weekly meeting also ends with a dinner for the families and children. Groen noted that was a highlight for parents during last year’s program.

Groen added the program includes everything from journaling, to puzzles and crafts.

She said families are welcome to repeat the program.

“We allow them to do the program twice or three times, depending on the age of the child,” she explained. Groen added children must be in Senior Kindergarten to attend.

For more information or to register call Bethel at 905-689-7796 or online at www.bethelcrc.ca.