"But you my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for our Lord Jesus in his mercy to give you eternal life." Jude 20-21
The Parents in Pain Bible studies have been designed to help parents cope with the heartache of having loved ones turn from their Christian faith.
These studies have been designed to be conducted in a group setting. This allows for mutual sharing and ensures that parents receive support and encouragement from others who are on a similar journey. Intended as a guide, we encourage you to allow the discussion to organically unfold as your group's needs are uncovered.
PLEASE NOTE: The studies are not designed to be a therapy or counselling session. If the topics discussed raise deeper issues, please speak to your pastor or seek counselling support.
Parents in pain is designed to be completed over four sessions.
S E S S I O N 1
You are not alone (COMFORT)
Begin to confront the fear and pain over the heart-wrenching experience of seeing you children reject the faith.
S E S S I O N 2
What went wrong? (REFLECTION)
Explore some of the factors which led your child to turn away from God. This session has the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and your child/ren.
S E S S I O N 3
Wrestling with the guilt (LETTING GO)
Deal with the important distinction between appropriate and inappropriate guilt and how to best respond to both of these.
S E S S I O N 4
Just keep loving them (HOPE)
Develop some positive strategies for coping and for encouraging your child/ren to reconnect with the Church and their faith.