Children come to DC4K excited to connect with their newfound friends. Each session is filled with engaging and enjoyable activities that center around a weekly theme. These topics correlate with those discussed in the adult DivorceCare sessions. When children and parents are learning about similar topics each week, you will be helping the newly formed single-parent family create many opportunities to bond.
Here is a list of the session topics and the weekly scriptural objectives. The scriptural objectives assist you and your DC4K leaders in preparing your hearts and minds to minister to the children in your group.
What’s Happening to My Family? — Session 1
During this session the children will find comfort and relief from the anxiety of what is happening in their lives. They will learn what to expect each week in DC4K.
Scriptural objective: To demonstrate a “Christ-like” image for the children as they enter the door and begin the DC4K journey of healing. (Matt. 19:14)
God Loves Children in All Kinds of Families — Session 2
This session assists the children in realizing that everyone’s family situation is different. It encourages them to help develop a healthy single-parent home.
Scriptural objective: To introduce the children to the concept that when their earthly parents disappoint them or leave them, they can ask God to become their heavenly parent. (Ps. 27:10)
Facing My Anger — Session 3
This unit helps the children recognize angry feelings and how to deal with these feelings in a healthy and acceptable way. They will learn it’s okay to be mad but not to hurt others when they are angry.
Scriptural objective: To help the children understand that anger is an emotion from God and that God is “slow to anger.” (Neh. 9:17)
Journey from Anger to Sadness — Session 4
This session’s goal is to acquaint the children with the sadness phase of grief in the divorce process. It helps them learn how to process this in an emotionally healthy manner.
Scriptural objective: To help children realize and understand that sadness is an emotion everyone experiences, even people in the Bible. (Luke 22:61–62)
I Am Not Alone — Session 5
The children will realize they are not alone and there are people, including a heavenly Father and their DC4K leaders, who care about them and love them. They will understand that it is okay to ask for help.
Scriptural objective: To bring God’s presence to each individual child. (Ps. 102:6–7; Isa. 43:4–5)
God’s Plan for Me — Session 6
This session gives the children hope and comfort in knowing God always loves them and will meet all of their needs. The children will realize they have choices to make, and they’ll learn how their choices affect others.
Scriptural objective: To introduce the children to the truth that God has a plan for every child. (Rom. 12:12)
Developing New Relationships — Session 7
This week’s theme helps the children realize their relationships with Mom and Dad and others are different since the divorce. The children will learn how to develop new relationships. They will realize it’s okay to be loyal to each parent without feeling guilty.
Scriptural objective: To help the children develop a new relationship with Jesus Christ and to show them a compassionate God they can go to with every problem in life. (1 John 3:1)
Developing Money Smarts — Session 8
Helping the children understand various aspects of budgeting and spending will help them understand budgeting issues in each parent’s home. This unit includes ideas about earning and spending money wisely.
Scriptural objective: To help the children become aware that God wants to supply all of their needs. (Phil. 4:19)
It’s Not My Fault — Session 9
This session communicates to the children that divorce is an adult problem between two parents. The children will learn the divorce is not their fault.
Scriptural objective: To show the children that God loves them unconditionally. (Rom. 8:28)
Telling My Parents How I Feel — Session 10
This session helps the children learn how to talk to both of their parents about how they feel about different situations in an honest, yet respectful, manner.
Scriptural objective: To help the children be able to pour out their hearts to God their heavenly Father and to know that He accepts all their burdens. (Ps. 62:8)
Forgiveness — Session 11
The goal is to help the children understand what forgiveness is and how to forgive others. Besides learning to forgive each parent, the children learn about God’s forgiveness. They are taught to ask God for His forgiveness.
Scriptural objective: To help the children become acquainted with the God who forgives our sins. (Eph. 4:32)
Loving My Parents — Session 12
This session is designed to educate the children that both of their parents still love them and to help each child express love to each parent.
Scriptural objective: To help the children realize that Jesus is God’s Son, and in order to be adopted into God’s family, they need to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. (Deut. 33:27)
Moving On: Growing UP and Closer to God — Session 13
This session assists the children in realizing life goes on after divorce and they can have healthy and happy futures. It helps the children understand they are individuals with their own talents, hobbies, and interests.
Scriptural objective: To help the children understand the Lord wants them to be joyful and happy and that it’s okay to be happy even though their parents are divorced. (Job 8:21)