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Eleven Tips for Responding to Children’s Fears and Concerns Following a Disaster

  • Parents, teachers and caregivers are the key to helping children work through their feelings following a disaster.
  • Pray with children for the victims of the disaster. Simple prayers, like: Dear God, help and bless the people who lived through the storm. Guard them all with your care. Amen.
  • Discuss openly with children what your family and church are doing to help those who have been hurt by the disaster.
  • Limit trauma by protecting children from ongoing media images of the disaster that may only contribute to fear and helplessness. Limit exposure to continuing news stories and hold adult conversations only when children are not present.
  • Reassure children as you listen to their fears. Children experience the same feelings as adults, so it is important and reasonable to validate their feelings while keeping a positive future orientation.
  • Contact organizations in your area that address the needs of children.
  • Provide structure through routine and activity. Routines and activities help regain a sense of control when all else feels out of control.
  • Make objects that encourage play reenactment of the images children observe during and after a disaster.
  • Let children draw pictures or journal about the disaster. Ask children to draw or write whatever comes to their minds, or give them a question or topic to draw about. Create a group mural or collage that illustrates the images children have seen. Follow up with a discussion with a parent or small group.
  • Group discussions are helpful for validating children’s feelings about the images they see or the conversations they hear about the disaster. Most importantly, end the discussion on a positive note by assuring children of God’s love. Scripture, like “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” from Psalm 46 is one example of scripture that can bring children comfort.
  • Develop a family disaster plan for the types of natural disasters that may happen in your area. Role-play some possible situations. Knowing that you are prepared will help children cope with fears that they may find themselves separated from family in the event of a disaster.
  • Do good. Doing good for others help children overcome the sense of powerlessness. For example, let children help purchase and assemble health kits, layettes or flood buckets. See for information on how to assemble kits.


Coronavirus Update: Message from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Greetings Friends,

As instruction to ‘shelter in place’ continues to come from counties across California and Nevada, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a special video message with our faith families across the connection requesting that church buildings be closed.

Please share back with us the many ways in which you are continuing to worship in new ways and to serve your communities during this time in which we are needing to distance ourselves physically from one another. Post your tips and ideas on the California-Nevada Facebook page.

Here are some things that all of our faith communities could consider doing during this time.

  • Deliver meals
  • Donate to open food banks or food programs
  • Deliver pharmacy orders
  • Do doorstep check-ins
  • Provide text or phone check-ins
  • Donate blood (there is a real shortage)
  • Put together and deliver hygiene kits to shelter

Let’s stay connected as a conference family, especially in this time.

Your Sister in Christ,

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño




Quiero ponerles al día sobre el estado de nuestra iglesia durante esta pandemia de COVID-19.

Cuando el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Santa Cruz nos comunicó el lunes por la tarde la Orden de cierre, tomamos medidas inmediatas.

  • Cerramos nuestro edificio y cancelamos la adoración hasta el 6 de abril, o hasta que se levante la prohibición.
  • Hemos cancelado todas las reuniones en persona y otras personas que usan la iglesia, incluidos los grupos AA / NA, Girl Scouts, etc. Nuestra oficina de la iglesia, el equipo de limpieza y el personal de NETworX, ahora se están refugiando en sus hogares.
  • Estoy trabajando desde la casa y estoy disponible por correo electrónico ( Llámenme cuando quieren.
  • Un miembro de nuestra Directiva que vive cerca de la iglesia está a cargo de mantener la instalación segura.
  • Nuestra Coordinadora de la Oficina está respondiendo a cualquier consulta o pregunta que tenga sobre los procedimientos por correo electrónico desde la dirección de correo electrónico de nuestra iglesia:
  • Solo estamos abriendo el edificio para nuestra alimentación continua de personas sin hogar en el Ejército de Salvación y otras necesidades.

Pero eso no es todo. ¡Aunque nuestro edificio permanece cerrado, puede estar seguro de que nuestra comunidad de la iglesia todavía está aquí!

 Nuestro equipo técnico y yo estamos explorando nuestras opciones digitales para reunirnos en línea. Hay muchas pautas legales que deben cumplirse, por lo que nos estamos poniendo al día sobre la mejor manera de proceder.

Además, nuestros líderes están comenzando a reunirse a través de Zoom en línea, que proporciona una forma segura de comunicarse como grupo, ya sea mediante audio simple (teléfono) o con capacidades de video utilizando la aplicación Zoom. Nos estamos comunicando con otros y haciendo planes sobre cómo podemos seguir conectados.

O para decirlo de otra manera, estamos tratando de amarnos unos a otros y hacer el trabajo de Cristo en este mundo aterrador de maneras nuevas, creativas y significativas.

¿Su parte en esto? Sus oraciones y apoyo son definitivamente necesarios. También sepan que estamos pensando en ustedes y que los amamos y oramos por ustedes. Por favor, manténganse en contacto y díganos cómo se está enfrentando la situación, si usted o su familia necesitan ayuda y si conoce a alguien más en nuestra comunidad de la iglesia que necesita nuestra ayuda.

Y finalmente les dejo estas palabras tranquilizadoras de la Escritura:

“¿Quién nos separará del amor de Cristo? ¿Las penurias, la angustia, la persecución, el hambre, la desnudez, el peligro o la espada? … No, en todas estas cosas somos más que vencedores por medio de aquel que nos amó porque estoy convencido de que ni la muerte, ni la vida, ni los ángeles, ni los gobernantes, ni las cosas presentes, ni las cosas por venir, ni los poderes, ni la altura, ni la profundidad, ni ninguna otra cosa en toda la creación, podrán separarnos del amor de Dios en Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor “. (Romanos 8: 35-39)

Manténganse al tanto.

Suya en Cristo,

Pastora Robin

Watsonville First United Methodist Church

229 Stanford Street Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone: (831) 724-4434   Fax: (831) 724-8602




Dear Ones:

I want to bring you up to date on the status of our church during this COVID-19 pandemic.  

When we got the word late Monday afternoon of the Order by the Santa Cruz County Health Department to close, we took immediate action.  

  • We have closed our building and cancelled worship until April 6, or until the ban is lifted.  
  • We have cancelled all in-person meetings, and others using the church including AA/NA groups, Girl Scouts, etc.  Our church office, Clean Team and NETworX staff, are now sheltering at home.  
  • I am working from home and available via my cell (831) 320-0276, or my email Call me anytime.  
  • A member of our Trustees (Carrye Cheaney) who lives near the church is in charge of keeping the facility safe.  
  • Our Office Manager Erika Bernabe is handling any inquiries or questions you have about procedures via email from our church email address:
  • We are only opening the building for our continued feeding of the homeless at the Salvation Army, and other necessities.  

But that’s not all.  Although our building remains closed, you can rest assured that our church community is still here!

Our Tech Team and I are exploring our digital options for gathering together online.  There are a lot of legal guidelines which must be complied with, so we are getting up to speed on how best to proceed.  Plus, our leaders are beginning to meet together via Zoom online, which provides a safe way to communicate as a group, either by simple audio (telephone,) or with video capabilities using the Zoom app.  We are communicating with others and making plans on how we can best remain connected.  

Or to put it another way, we are trying to love one another and do Christ’s work in this scary world in new, creative and meaningful ways.  

Your part in this?  Your prayers and support are definitely needed.  Also know we are thinking of you and love you and are praying for you.  Please stay in touch and let us know how you are coping, if you or your family need help, and if you know anyone else in our church community who needs our help.

And finally I leave you these reassuring words of Scripture:

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)

Stay tuned.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson

Watsonville First United Methodist Church

229 Stanford Street Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone: (831) 724-4434   Fax: (831) 724-8602



New Watsonville Youth Chorus Session! // ¡Nueva Sesión del Coro Juvenil de Watsonville!


***REMINDER Don’t forget tonight is the Youth Chorus performance at 6:30 pm! Come out and support these talented youth and enjoy an evening of great music.

***RECORDATORIO ¡No olviden que esta noche es la presentación del Coro Juvenil a las 6:30 pm! Ven y apoya a estos jóvenes talentosos y disfruta de una noche de buena música.


GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY is this Sunday, March 8, 2020. Please join us for our Special Sunday worship with a Candle Ceremony and Celebration of Scouting with our local Girl Scouts during 10:00 am worship. They will also be selling cookies, $5.00 per box. They have many different kinds of cookies!

DOMINGO DE GIRL SCOUTS es este domingo 8 de marzo del 2020. Únase a nosotros para nuestra adoración especial con una ceremonia de velas y celebración de exploración con nuestras Girl Scouts locales durante la adoración de las 10:00 am. También venderán galletas, $ 5.00 por caja. ¡Tienen de muchas diferentes galletas!


The Watsonville Youth Chorus will be performing on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 pm, and Sunday, March 15 at 10:00 am during worship! Please update your calendars and join us for a wonderful performance by the Watsonville Youth Chorus! This session includes popular music from our greatest stars: Celene Dione, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, and more!

¡El Coro Juvenil de Watsonville se presentará el viernes 6 de marzo a las 6:30 pm y el domingo 15 de marzo a las 10:00 am durante la adoracion! ¡Actualice sus calendarios y acompañenos para una presentacion maravillosa del Coro Juvenil de Watsonville! ¡Esta sesión incluye música popular de nuestras mejores estrellas: Celene Dione, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars y más!


Would you like to grow your own healthy produce? Join us on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and register for our community garden! Questions? Call (831) 204-0032.

¿Te gustaría cultivar tus propios productos saludables? ¡Acompañenos el jueves 27 de febrero de 2020 de 3:00 a 5:00 pm y regístrese en nuestro jardín comunitario!¿Preguntas? Llame al (831) 204-0032.

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