Surviving the Holidays, a seminar to assist those who are struggling due to the death of a loved one, was presented earlier this week at the Coatesville Senior Center. More seminars are planned in December in the Coatesville area.Steve Wilson, associate pastor for outreach at NCCC, noted that a significant percentage of the population struggles during the holiday season as a result of losses occurring in their lives, particularly the death of a loved one or separation and divorce. NCCC will be presenting two different segments between now and Christmas in community settings throughout the area for folks experiencing either type of situation.

The activity grew out of presentation over the past six months of a more extended 13-week series of both GriefShare and DivorceCare, according to Casey Jones, Transformation Initiative project coordinator and facilitator. These were presented during the church's weekly Wednesday Community Night activities held at Olivet United Methodist Church at 310 East Chestnut Street. Community Night, open to the public, includes a free dinner for individuals and families, followed by different activities and educational events for persons of all ages, from nursery through adults.

Jones noted the two-hour holiday seminars became available only within the past month and the church will be attempting to present as many of these as possible over the next few weeks during both the day and evenings due to the "huge need".

The church also is seeking to partner with other churches and organizations throughout the area in this initiative in order to reach as broad an audience as possible, including community and business sites that have meeting facilities that can be used for such an activity.

Seminars not only are available for those who are experiencing hurt, but for church congregations that want to learn more about how to come alongside persons in need.

Registration for the Coatesville Senior Center event can be made at (610) 383-6900. Although registration is not required it is helpful for ensuring sufficient seating capacity and workbooks.

Information about further events can be obtained as they are scheduled at or by contacting Jones at (484) 872-1298. Individual e-mail notifications also can be obtained by making a request to

Churches throughout the Greater Coatesville area and other individuals and organizations that would like to be involved in this initiative may contact Jones by telephone or e-mail.

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