DivorceCare is a13-week DVD seminar/support group for individuals who are experiencing the pain of separation and/or divorce. The group is led by people who know what you're going through and want to help. You will become a part of a small group of people who will help you understand your feelings and offer support and encouragement and you will gain access to valuable DivorceCare resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life. You may join the group at any time. Cost is $15.00 for the workbook (scholarship funds may be available).
What's Happening to Me?
The Road to Healing/Finding Help
Facing Your Anger
Facing Your Depression
Facing Your Loneliness
What Does the Owner's Manual Say?
Moving On, Growing Closer to God
Did you know that every minute in America, two marriages fail and 2,100 children a day hear "We're separating" and that in the last two decades the divorce rate for people ages 50 and older (referred to as "Gray Divorces") has doubled? And 53% of people over 50 now getting divorced have done so at least once before!*
Ascension Lutheran Church and School is pleased to announce the start of a new session of DivorceCare; a video seminar series and support group featuring some of the nation's foremost Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. Each session consists of a 30-40 minute DVD featuring experts addressing topics related to separation and divorce. Some of the topics include Facing My Anger, Facing My Depression, New Relationships, Financial survival, Forgiveness , etc. Small group discussions follow the DVD presentation.
Sessions are open to the public, including those who attend other churches and those without church homes. The program is non-denominational and features biblical teaching for individuals recovering from separation and divorce.
For additional information or to register for the next session please contact Carol at (520) 661-6342.
Further information about the DivorceCare program can be obtained by going to www.divorcecare.org
Do I have to be divorced to attend DivorceCare? If my husband/wife and I are separated, can I attend?
DivorceCare is helpful for those that are either separated or divorced.
What happens during a typical meeting?
During a meeting we will have an ice breaker type of question and then talk about any events from the past week that may have come up or questions/observations you may have. After that, we’ll watch the week’s video and then have discussion about the video.
Do I have to talk during the first meeting?
No, you don’t have to talk. You are welcome to join the conversation whenever you feel comfortable doing so. While you don’t have to talk, you’ll find that when you do, your healing process will really take off!
Is DivorceCare counseling?
No, DivorceCare is not counseling. Facilitators are there to encourage conversation by introducing topics, encouraging participation, and managing the dynamics of the group. You’ll be amazed at the healing that takes place by sharing experiences with people in situations similar to yours! If you are currently seeing a counselor, we encourage you to continue to do so.
What about confidentiality?
We stress the fact that confidentiality is very important. Names of others in the group are not to be shared outside the group. The only time that confidentiality may knowingly be set aside is if we feel that someone may be in danger.
Are there other guidelines?
Besides confidentiality, the other important rule is respect. You are asked to be respectful of others in the group (contribute as well as remembering that others will want to contribute too), of your ex (be honest but don’t bash) and of yourself (be honest but don’t bash!).
Do I have to write in the workbook?
You don’t have to write in the workbook but we encourage you to take notes during the video. Each lesson is outlined in the workbook with plenty of room for notes and thoughts. Your notes will be very helpful when you refer back to the lessons. And like talking during a meeting, taking notes will help you on the path to healing.
I have kids and need to get home at a certain time – is that ok?
Yes – you are free to leave whenever you need to. We hope you can stay for most of the meeting though.
What should I do if I can’t come to one of the sessions?
If you know ahead of time that you can’t be there, please let us know – via phone or email. Then next week just come on back. It’s ok to miss one since each lesson is independent – but you will get the most benefit if you can attend all sessions.
If I miss a class, can I see the DVD at another time?
Check with the facilitators on this. Sometimes it can be arranged for the DVD to be shown at an alternate time. Another option is to attend that week of the next series.
What if my ex (or soon to be ex) signs up for the same session?
Both partners from the marriage may not attend the same session. If you are concerned that your spouse may register, please let us know. You can do this by your facilitator and telling us the other person’s name. The one that signs up first gets to attend. The 2nd one may attend the next time or we’ll be glad to help find another group in the area.
I enjoyed the classes a lot, but I think it would help if I went through DC again. Is that permitted?
Absolutely! Once you have attended you will be put on the list of alumni and will be notified when a new series is scheduled. Many people find that they hear things they missed the first time through because they are in a different place emotionally.
I have a question that isn’t addressed here but is important. What can I do?
Feel free to contact the facilitator with any questions.