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Kids 4 Christ after-school

program returning Tuesday

RICHMOND — Kids 4 Christ, an after-school faith-building program and ministry for children in kindergarten through grade three, will begin its winter session starting Tuesday at Richmond United Methodist Church, 112 S. Sugar St., Richmond.

It is held on Tuesdays from Jan. 14 through March 3 from 4:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It follows the Edison Local school calendar. If school is canceled or dismissed early, for example, there will be no Kids 4 Christ session that day.

The program includes meal time, worship and music, homework help, learning and crafts.

Children attending John Gregg Elementary School can ride a bus directly to the church. A busing permission slip must be returned to the school before a child will be permitted to ride the bus.

Registration must be made prior to Tuesday for school bus drop-off.

Registration can be conducted online at www.richmondumc.org. For information, call the church office at (740) 765-4957.

Free training offered

for therapists, pastors

WEIRTON — Dr. Aldo Pucci, pastor of Abundant Grace Bible Church and president of the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, is offering a free six-hour training for mental health professionals and Christian pastors titled “Christian Counseling: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach.”

The training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Abundant Grace Bible Church, located at 3900 Brightway St. Weirton.

Attendees will learn:

¯ A brief overview of the background and philosophy of CBT and the Biblical basis for it;

¯ “The Systematic Approach: How to Know Where You Are in the Process at Any Give Point;”

¯ Goal setting, the cognitive-behavioral way;

¯ “The ABCs of Emotions: How to Teach Folks What Causes Their Feelings and Behaviors (As a Man Thinketh);”

¯ “The Rational Questions: How to Help Clients Determine for Themselves Whether Their Thinking is Rational Based on God’s Principles;”

¯ “How to Identify and Correct Underlying Assumptions;”

¯ “Helping People Develop and Practice New Rational Replacement Thoughts;” and

¯ “How to End Counseling.”

In addition to the systematic, step-by-step approach, the Biblical basis for each step will be presented, according to a news release.

Feb. 10 is the registration deadline. To register, visit https://www.nacbt.org/christian-counseling-a-cognitive-behavioral-approach or call (304) 670-9334. Space is limited to 30 attendees.

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