Is It Really a Happy New Year for the Single Parents in Your Church?
Single parent gets depressed just thinking about the up and coming year. It has been a heavy burden just surviving this past year and now another one looms in front of them.
What can you do? How can you help? How do we minister to the single parent in a positive light and help them see the up and coming year as a transition year; a year where things are going to get better and they can draw closer to God, their children and others?
Describing a “transition year” to a single parent might go something like this:
It is the year where you put your business of parenting alone in the hands of the Lord.
Help them set goals for this year. Engage them to start out small with only a few goals. Tell them to start out strong with important goals that will change the direction of their single parent family.
Think about something as simple as providing a devotion each week for the single parent. Send it home with them.
Ideas for Ministering to Single Parents
- Single parent family night once a month at a restaurant
- Develop a yearly plan where you bring in a single parenting expert to help single parents know how to successfully parent alone. You might schedule only 2 seminars this year but increase it the next year.
- Provide resources and tools to help single parents discipline troubled youth.
- Host a fun night once a quarter just for the single parent. Provide a nursery, child care and youth activities. Remember they have no one at home to take care of the children.
- Provide mentors or advocates that can help and listen to single parents when problems arise.
- Train advocates that go with single parents to school conferences. Sometimes single parents just need someone to listen and explain what was said afterwards.
- Pair of two-parent family or grandparent type of people who can attend school functions with the single parents.
Lastly host a meeting with the single parents in your church and ask them how you can help and partner with them in their single parent journey.For more resources and information on divorce, family disruption and modern families please visit our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Divorce and Modern Family Help Center.
This article is updated and adapted from an article originally published on Divorce Ministry 4 Kids on January 10, 2014.