Children’s Disaster Services invites parents to new Facebook group

Here is a listing of Church of the Brethren congregations that are offering online worship services during the time when COVID-19 is preventing the church from gathering in-person for worship.
The new Facebook group offering support to parents is at .
Below is a glimpse of the “Parenting in a Pandemic” resource page posted by Children’s Disaster Services at .

“We are ready to welcome new members to the Parent Connection Facebook group,” announced Lisa Crouch, associate director of Children’s Disaster Services, a ministry within Brethren Disaster Ministries. The new Facebook group is found at .

Also newly available to parents is a “Parenting in a Pandemic” resource page on the Church of the Brethren website at . The page offers links to selected resources including videos, webinar recordings, presentations, and articles provided by a variety of organizations ranging from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to PBS to the Humanitarian Disaster Institute of Wheaton College, among others. Topics include creating new rituals with children, new habits for working and schooling under one roof, children and family ministry at a distance, and many more.

Church of the Brethren Parent Connection

The new Facebook group is intended to offer support for parents who are balancing the work/school struggle at home this year. It is a private group (posts can’t be seen outside the group) but should be searchable in Facebook for parents wanting to join. It will feature resources, webinars, discussion starters, and creative interactions to engage parents in a positive way.

In the group, parents will find helpful resources and “a safe, faith-based place to connect and ask each other questions during this crazy time and beyond,” Crouch said. 

The group is moderated by the Church of the Brethren’s Children and Family Committee. As well as Crouch, those serving on the committee include Joan Daggett of Dayton (Va.) Church of the Brethren, who is project director for the Shine curriculum that is a joint project of Brethren Press and MennoMedia; John Kinsel of Beavercreek (Ohio) Church of the Brethren, who is an early childhood mental health educator; Jamie Nace, director of Children’s Ministry at Lancaster (Pa.) Church of the Brethren; and Becky Ullom Naugle, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Church of the Brethren.

For questions, contact Crouch at Children’s Disaster Services, 410-635-8734 or 517-250-7449 or .

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