Children’s Ministry Families:

We have all heard verses like I Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He
cares for you.” Why then is there a growing epidemic of anxiety disorder growing
among children? It is, in fact, one of the fastest growing problems among young
children. Children younger and younger are dealing with anxiety. Maybe it is
even a problem in your own home with your children.

This month’s Online Parenting Class is taking on this tough topic, with some love
and grace. You do not want to miss this month’s quick video inspiration.

I hope you enjoy this video because it is definitely part of our heart and
prayers in our ministry. We love your children and having them as part of our
church. We love being able to open God’s words of hope and joy with them
every week.

You know, as well as we know, God does, in fact, care for your children. Anxiety is
an attack from the enemy to rob them of joy and confidence. You are in our
prayers as you consider the helpful advice in this video.

If you would like to sit down and talk more, let me know. I would also be more
than happy to connect you to one of the wonderful Christian professionals in our
area that could help your child and family with this difficult issue.

According to a report just a few years ago, “80 percent of kids with a diagnosable
anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression are not
getting treatment…” This month, with our Online Parenting Class, we are pulling
back the curtain on the issue of childhood anxiety. We want to make sure we as
a ministry are there with you, as we walk beside you, your child, and even other
families you know. Anxiety is a growing issue among young children, and we do
not want anyone to feel ashamed to let those around them know that this might be a
concern for their child.

Give us a couple minutes of your time to watch this month’s OPC.
Now that you have taken a couple minutes, or when you finally get a few
moments, we want to follow up with some sample questions to help guide your
discussion and conversations at home and with your kids.

Mom & Dad Conversation:
– Have I noticed anything different with our child recently?
– How are my child’s habits? Sleep? Eating? Relationships? Studying?
– Does my child smile, laugh and enjoy life?
– Has there been any recent situations or circumstances that may cause my
child to feel fear, nervousness, or worry?

Parent & Kid Conversation:
– Do you ever feel afraid or nervous about things?
– Have you ever felt like you were so upset by something you couldn’t
breathe?
– Do you ever wake up at night and think about scary things?
– Do you ever feel super sad for no reason?

As always, our staff is here for you and your family. If you are unsure of what is
going on with your child or how to deal with something that is going on, please do
not hesitate to call, email, or come by the office.

Grace and Peace in Your Hearts-

Katie Jones (Children’s Minister)

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How to Help Your Kids (and Teens) Deal with Anxiety

March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

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