Riverchase United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sharing the Joy of Christ

Divorced, Separated or Widowed

There aren't many people around you who understand the pain your separation, divorce or loss has caused. To you. Your Family. Your friends.

That's the reason for Beginning Experience. It's a special weekly support group and seminar conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. Most importantly, you'll learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.

Beginning Experience

Beginning Experience (BE) Ministry is an interdenominational peer ministry designed to assist in grief recovery and personal growth for the divorced, widowed, and separated of this community.  All who are in need of grief support from the loss of a marriage/relationship are welcome to participate.  Weekly Programs (Levels) consist of ten week sessions. This past year, the Birmingham Beginning Experience served approximately 350 participants in the Levels program.

The following is a brief description of each 10-week session:

  • LEVEL 1 - All participants begin here, although we allow new participants to begin at any time during the 10 weeks.  Participants are assisted through the stages of grief with personal talks by the facilitators and small group dialogue.   

  • LEVEL 2A - This level focuses on rebuilding when your relationship has ended.  We use Bruce Fisher’s book "Rebuilding” Chapters 1-10.

  • LEVEL 2B - Continues with Chapters 11-20 of Bruce Fisher’s book "Rebuilding” .
  • LEVEL 3 - This Level is for personal growth, examining individual relationship developments.  John Powell's book and video series, "Happiness is an Inside Job" and his audio series, "Fully Human, Fully Alive" are used, alternating each 10 weeks.

All levels begin simultaneously each ten week session.


Sessions are held every Tuesday night at 6:00 PM, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1728 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama. 


For more information, please call 205-969-8509 or visit http://birminghambeginningexperience.org