The latest Step Three weekend was held at Cratfield in Suffolk from 22nd - 24th November, 2019. During the weekend we thought about how to understand and change family patterns. We studied biblical teaching on the roles and relationships within a family, which generated interesting discussions in which people were able to share their own experiences of the roles within their family lives. We also thought about what happens when those roles are not in place or are abused and how that affects our stance in life. Step Three also includes teaching on how to use the principles we're learning to help others and some principles to help us to be wise in our dealings with others.
The majority of the people who attended the course have journeyed together through Steps One and Two and those new to the group were welcomed warmly. The attendees were a mixed group, different ages, backgrounds and life circumstances, but people mixed well and there was a caring and supportive atmosphere throughout the weekend. Everyone went home with greater understanding and the determination to work the principles into their lives.
As ever we ate well! We enjoyed home cooking and baking and had a lovely meal in a local pub on Saturday evening with the opportunity to chat and get to know one another better, as well as a walk in the Suffolk countryside on Saturday afternoon.
Some comments from the weekend:
'A fascinating journey I wish I had begun decades earlier - but it's not too late!'
'Lots of 'light bulb' moments, especially about my relationship with my dad and wider family.'
'Soaked up a lot ... learned a lot ... hopefully will be able to give out ... the courses are helping to raise confidence levels whilst depending on the Lord.'
'All the content has been extremely helpful; lots to take in - so very good to be attending 'second time around'.
'Really positive and helpful. A very practical approach to real issues and how to help others on the journey.'
'Very positive. I found doing Step Three again really helpful, particularly the nature/ nurture/ choices emphasis and being objective about how these fit together, particularly looking at connections, or lack of them, in my family as I grew up.'
How relevant was the course to your needs?: 'Unexpectedly so! I came with an open mind and came away with important things to think about.'