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: April 6-8 and October 12-14, 2018. To receive an application, or for more information on either program, call (888) 565-0178 or visit https://www.beginningexperiencemn.com/
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.
Video and Online Series and Materials
The Surviving Divorce program was created to offer specific books, DVDs, websites, and other timely media to help in the healing of the human family. Regardless of where you are after a divorce or separation, we’ll help you and your family find answers to the questions you have.
The Surviving Divorce series was written and co-produced by Rose Sweet, an expert on pastoral issues of divorce and a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. It was designed primarily as a 12-week PARISH PROGRAM, but the DVDs are available for check out from the Office of Marriage & Family.
Divorced Catholic.com is an on-line thirteen week Catholic program that includes on-line chat, video, materials, coaching and other opportunities. For more information, visit www.divorcedcatholic.com
Articles on Second Marriages and Step-parenting
Placing Your Spouse in the Front Seat of Your Heart
10 Survival Tips for Step Family Life
Divorced Parents Can Co-Parent Peacefully
The Role of a Step Grandparent
10 Ideas: Valentine’s Day Ideas for Your Family
When Christmas Isn’t Merry: When my aunt and uncle divorced, I had a difficult time adjusting to new holiday celebrations.
9 Ways to Help Children Adjust to Two Homes
7 Tips for Being a Good Divorced Dad
Dreading that Six-Week Summer Visitation
10 Survival Tips for Stepfamily Life
Building Bridges: Strengthening Relationships in Stepchildren (PDF)
Holidays for Blended Families (PDF)
“The leaves are just turning! Do we really need to get ready for the holidays?”
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.