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

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  • 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 UMCOR.org for information on how to assemble kits.

 

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

YOUTH CHORUS PERFORMANCE // PRESENTACION DEL CORO JUVENIL

***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.

***NEW DATES! ***NEW DATES! // ***NUEVAS FECHAS! ***NUEVAS FECHAS!

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!

Merry Christmas! 2016 // ¡Feliz Navidad! 2016

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Watsonville First United Methodist Church
// Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida de Watsonville
Sunday Worship 10:00 am, Christmas Eve 5:00 pm