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Responding to Children’s Fears

Consoling children following a traumatic event can be overwhelming to the adults caring for them. This article suggests resources for supporting children following a crisis or disaster. Read More

Kingston’s Kreatures are designed by 7-year-old Kingston Haynes, with sewing done by his grandmother, Rendy King. Kingston got his idea for providing comfort pillows to needy kids while attending vacation Bible school at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. Photo by Molly Harrison.

Boy’s pillows comfort children, thrill adults

Idea for `Kingston’s Kreatures’ was inspired by vacation Bible school. Read More

Twins Fiona and Finn discuss the importance of Easter Eggs. Video still courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

The Importance of the Egg: Children and Easter

Experts ages five to ten, and Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton, discuss traditions of the Easter egg . "When they're all different colors it's kind of easy to find them." View

A mother and daughter pray. Photo by bigbirdz,

How to help children after a crisis

Acknowledge children's fears and use these tips to help them to cope in a world that is often very unpredictable and scary. Read More

Hands hold paper dolls. Photo illustration courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Positive adoption language celebrates families

A pastor who's also an adoptive parent shares which words work and which hurt when talking about the topic. Read More

United Methodists choose from a variety of Halloween traditions, including costume day at preschool. Photo by Alison Worden.

Churches choose creative options for Halloween

Many congregations offer events that celebrate life rather than death, provide safe fun for children, or make the day one to give as well as get. Read More

United Methodists choose from a variety of Halloween traditions, including costume day at preschool. Photo by Alison Worden.

Church Halloween alternatives gain fans

Many churches choose events that celebrate life rather than death, offer safe fun for children, or make the day one to give as well as get. Read More

How summer camp changed my life

Does Christian camp really make a difference? For 18-year-old Molleigh McCann, it gave her some of her greatest friends "and strongest connection to my faith.” Read More

The Wilhide family enjoyed a photo shoot at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) compliments of Jason’s House sponsor, Silver Charm Photography. Photo courtesy of Michele Smith, Silver Charm Photography.

Kids take vacation from cancer thanks to church

Jason's House gives families burdened with cancer "a week of stress-free enjoyment away from chemo and doctors and all the problems of life." Read More

Darian Duckworth and her stuffed animal congregation. Photo courtesy of Rev. Duckworth.

Hearing a female preacher, I heard my calling

Darian Duckworth began preaching to her stuffed animals at age 5. In her blog, the young pastor recalls the impact of seeing Lisa Osteen in the pulpit and of the Osteen family’s ministry. Read More

People of all ages came out to enjoy Lego Family Fun Night at Celebration United Methodist Church, Gainesville, Florida. Photo courtesy of Celebration United Methodist Church.

Legos build connections

In a small community in Florida, a United Methodist church found their Lego Family Fun Night was a great way to build relationships across generations. Read More

Participants at a Feb. 28, 2013 prayer vigil at Chardon United Methodist Church in Ohio found solace in sharing stories and concerns. Photo by John Eltzroth, Chardon United Methodist Church.

Worship Resources for Times of Crisis

Find liturgies, prayers, music and other resources to help your congregation through times of struggle and tragedy. Read More

Consoling one another. Photo by Andy Bernay-Roman, Flickr, Creative Commons License.

Dealing with Grief: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Say

We often have no idea what to say in the face of senseless loss, especially when children are the victims of tragedy. Read More

Helping children cope with violence

Find concrete suggestions for how parents and congregations can help children deal with violent events they hear about in news. Read More

Children play at at orphanage in Kenema, Sierra Leone that was opened during the Ebola epidemic in 2014. There are an estimated 12,000 children orphaned by the virus in West Africa. Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Ebola survivors and orphans can be pariahs

The United Methodist Church is considering launching an orphanage in the Kailahun district to help care for children orphaned by Ebola. Read More

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