It’s been a hard week.
We don’t have the answers. But we wanted to let you know the CFBC Kids Ministry team is for you, is here for you, and is praying for you as you process with your children the events surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd, the subsequent peaceful protests and violent riots of the past week.
They’ve seen, they’ve heard, they’re picking up on the fact that piled on top of three months of nothing being normal, something else in their world is not normal, and is unsettling and frightening. Maybe they’ve overheard a conversation, or the news, or a phone call. Maybe they are picking up on your feelings, whether anger, pain, fear, anxiety, helplessness or a thousand other raw emotions that caught us all off guard. Maybe they see the color of their skin and for the first time don’t feel safe themselves. Or maybe someone in their family is in law enforcement and that adds a different layer of anxiety to everything.
How can we most wisely lead our children during days of uncertainty or chaos?
That’s always first. Let your children hear you pray. Pray for them, pray with them.
Guard their hearts.
Limit children’s news exposure, in fact, just take a break from the constant coverage. Children can’t process everything, most adults can’t even fully understand everything that is happening. Reassure them that God is still in charge, and that God loves them deeply and is taking care of them. 1 Peter 5:7. “God takes care of you.”
Talk simply and honestly with your kids.
Be calm and factual. Listen to them. Let them ask questions. (Don’t be afraid if you can’t answer them.) Kids Ministry is a big proponent of the idea of developmentally appropriate everything- whether it’s Bible teaching, furniture, or even crayons… so be honest but give them only what their hearts can handle, and that will be different for each age child. Kids, especially those who have been taught the unconditional love of God, are naturally loving and empathetic. Racism, violence and injustice are the troubling antithesis of literally everything they know. These are big, heavy, uncomfortable topics, but can be carefully and openly discussed . We must teach biblically sound doctrine before they pick up inappropriate responses from school, friends or the media.
Emphasize your family’s safety right now.
Make sure children understand they are safe, and you will take care of them. But validate their feelings. Spend extra time with them for reassurance. Hold them and hug them, even more than normal. Read together. Be together. Use Bible verses to comfort them, such as “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” Isaiah 41:10. Help your kids know that they are loved beyond measure. “The Lord says, I have always loved you.” Jeremiah 31:3
In closing, Houston is the most diverse city in the United States. Last year we discovered that 18 different languages are spoken in the kids ministry alone. Brothers and sisters from every Nation, tribe, and tongue make their home here. And by the way, it’s not “us and them” at Champion Forest. It’s “we”. Let’s be blunt- it’s been a hard week and we don’t have the answers. We don’t even know some of the questions. But we consider everyone family. Equally welcome to salvation through the redemptive grace of Christ, we have the same bloodline running through our veins. Let’s start there as we wisely lead our kids.
For His children,
The Kids Ministry Team
Stephanie Chase, Kids Minister
Becky Marshall, Preschool Minister
Annette Flores, Special Blessings
Brandy Christoph, Ministry Assistant
Kids Ministry Coordinator
A Note From Your Kids Ministry Team
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