What is DivorceCare?
Most people who have faced up to divorce will tell you that it is the most painful & stressful experience they have ever had. It is a confusing time when one feels isolated and may have questions about issues never faced before. St. Peters Church offers DivorceCare groups at least once a year where weekly meetings for 13 consecutive weeks help people face various challenges and move towards rebuilding their lives.
Each session has two distinct elements:
- A seminar with experts – Each DivorceCare group meeting begins with a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce & recovery subjects. The videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format with interviews with experts & real life case studies.
- A support group with focus – After viewing the video DivorceCare group participants spend time as a support group discussing what was presented in the video seminar & what is currently going on in the lives of each of the group members.
What to expect when attending DivorceCare?
“I’ve never been to a support group like this before, I don’t know what to expect.” Most people quickly feel comfortable & accepted in their DivorceCare group. They discover that there are others who have the same kind of feelings they do and who understand the hurt and pain they are going through.
An overview of what you may experience
- You may feel a little nervous about going to DivorceCare the first time.Those feelings go away quickly for most people, usually during the first session they attend. DivorceCare is a warm, caring environment designed to help you.
- You’ll discover there are people who understand your hurts, emotions and painful experiences. In divorce it is common to feel isolated but in DivorceCare you’ll find you are not alone, there are others who understand what you are going through.
- You will learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from your separation or divorce.The DivorceCare DVD videos feature top experts on divorce & recovery subjects as well as case studies of people just like you, who have been through the divorce experience.
- You will have the opportunity to talk about your own experiences. Talking may bring about healing. The support group sessions include a time to talk about what you have seen on the videos as well as what is going on in your life, there is however no pressure to speak about anything you do not feel up to it.
- You will become part of a family. DivorceCare members often comment that they feel like their group has become a family, friendships are formed with people you can relate to in a safe environment.Dating relationships are not encouraged between group participants to allow you time to focus on your personal healing.
- Your children will have the opportunity to heal. It is the children that are a major concern for folk facing divorce. It is our standard practice to offer DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K). Seeing the children heal helps the parents’ healing too. Our approach is to make the DC4K program fun allowing children to learn how to work through the hurt of divorce – the program features videos, music, games, crafts and activities for children 5-12 years (Gr. 1-7). We have a dedicated team that works with the children at the same time that you are attending your own program.
- You will discover hope for the future. While things may look bleak now you will learn ways to restore your hopes and rebuild your life.
For more information contact Nadene (0740207770) or Tish (021 785 2895)