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Blessing of the Animals Online Gathering

It’s time for the Blessing of the Animals Online Gathering, premiering on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at 10:00 am, and available thereafter, on our Facebook and YouTube pages. I love this service and hope you do, too. It’s clear our task is to project and care for the animals–even the wild ones. Or to put it another way, we all have a place in the choir–or congregation! If you have a pet and want to join along, please do. We are also offering free “Certificates of Blessing” for those who are able to bless their animals with us. Just let us know the details of your animal–name and date you join in. 

I leave you with this blessing:

“God, the Divine Eagle, is strong enough to care for you and me. The mighty Creator of this vast universe has wings strong enough to save you – from your fears, from your present trouble, from your weakness, from yourself, and from your sins.

All of us have sins which enslave us, that hold us captive in weakness. But this God, who majors in strength, bursts asunder the chains of our bondage. So strong are the wings of our Eagle-God that even [God’s] name carries deliverance for us.”

I pray you are delivered by the Holy One. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Peace,
Pastora Robin

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

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/eleven-tips-for-responding-to-childrens-fears-and-concerns-following-a-disa

  • 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.

 

Watsonville Music Program // Programa de Música de Watsonville

National Night Out 2019 // Noche Nacional de Salir 2019

Youth Chorus Concert Today! // Concierto del Coro Juvenil Hoy!

The Youth Chorus will perform tonight at 6:00 pm! Come out and support the group.

It’s going to be a great show!

¡El Coro Juvenil se presentara esta noche a las 6:00 pm! Vengan y apoyen al grupo.

¡Va a ser un gran espectáculo!

Vacation Bible School 2019 // Escuela Bíblica de Vacaciones 2019

Watsonville Music Program // Programa de Música de Watsonville

 

The Winter/Spring session of the Watsonville Music Program begins on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm and ends on March 24, 2019. Bring your kids, invite your neighbors or tell a friend!

La sesión de invierno / primavera del programa de música de Watsonville comienza el domingo 20 de enero, 2019 a las 2:00 pm y termina el 24 de marzo del 2019. ¡Traiga a sus hijos, invite a sus vecinos o cuéntele a un amigo!

The Watsonville Music Program Youth Chorus 2018 // El Coro Juvenil del Programa de Música de Watsonville 2018

Free Backpacks 2018 // Mochilas Gratis 2018