Faith Christian Reformed Church in New Brighton, Minn., offers healing to families going through divorce.
DivorceCare™ and DC4K™ specifically target divorced parents and their children. One parent must participate in the adult group in order for his or her child to take part in the kids’ group.
“We started both programs for our own families but also advertised and have generally had more [families] from the community than our own,” said Rev. Archie Vander Hart, pastor of Faith CRC.
“Some come from other churches. Some are unchurched. The programs have strong support from the church and its leadership, and they are deeply appreciated by the participants,” he said.
Faith member Chris Kelderman and his two children, Mollie, 10, and Noah, 7, enjoy the groups.
“I think DC4K is important to my kids,” Kelderman said. “They can express their feelings . . . and see there are others experiencing the same thing. Going through DC4K, they realize they are not alone.”
“It’s fun because there are a lot of people there I know,” Noah said. “We watch videos, play games.”
Kelderman has benefited from the fellowship too. “It helps me not feel so much loneliness as I work through this,” he said. “It helps you realize the feelings you have are normal.”
For more information on these national programs, see www.divorcecare.org.