“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’”
~ Matthew 19:14
University UMC Children and Family Ministries want to be a source of faith and comfort for your children and you right now.
Children’s programming looks very different than usual, during the global pandemic. The clergy, staff and lay people in our church are working with me (Rebecca) to keep children connected to the church community. Sunday school classes cannot meet…but your teachers love you and are praying for you, and you can watch all the Deep Blue videos on Amplify. Baby Community, PreK Community and Children’s Bible Study are suspended for now…but you can watch my weekly videos on the University UMC Facebook page, and see me and Charlie Baber present a “Children’s Moment” each Sunday during the 10am worship service livestream. We cannot come to the building to gather…but each Friday morning you can expect my e-newsletter, with information and activities and links. And if you want more “Rebecca” time, get in touch to set up a personal Zoom or FaceTime music and interaction date.
I can tell you that you have my thoughts and prayers, parents—and you do. But wow! You are balancing a lot of extra stuff! Beyond thoughts and prayers, I can offer an occasional Zoom date with your children, and those videos I mentioned. But I know that right now you have to serve as all the adults for your children, managing a job, all household requirements, 24/7 education and nurture needs for your kids, and the stressors and anxiety of isolation and health. There are lots of resources out there for you to tap into. You will find some links below.
Hear this from me: You, parent, are a beloved child of God. Give yourself grace and patience as you navigate all the new demands on you and your time. Pray for patience and creativity, motivated by love, as you engage and reengage with your children and family each day. You feel frightened, anxious, impatient and angry, and sometimes you will allow those emotions to influence how you treat your children. Forgive yourself, know that God keeps forgiving you, and try again. God has promised to be present in our grief and our struggles, not to admonish but to comfort. God knows and God loves you. Act from that secure knowledge.
Here is a link to lots of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries recommended resources.
Here is a link to the Conscious Discipline homepage. Conscious Discipline is, in my opinion and experience, the best and most comprehensive formalized approach to nurturing and communicating with children.
Please contact Rebecca Dyck, Director of Children & Family Ministries.