Children’s Sermons after a tragedy

Because so many of those who show up at my site come looking for children’s sermons, and because the recent Newtown shootings are likely to send more than one pastor scrambling for resources to help the children in their churches cope, I would like to direct you to this excellent piece by Rev. Jeremy Smith, who offers not just one, but FOUR possible children’s sermons in response to the recent massacre of young children in Newtown, CT.

Click here for Rev. Smith’s article on his blog, Hacking Christianity.

I will add that, because many parents (especially those who do not live in Connecticut, and do not have friends who do…) will have chosen not to tell their children about the shooting, and because it is especially these younger, more sheltered children who make up the average children’s sermon audience, attend to the way that Rev. Smith allows the children themselves the space in which to bring up this particular incident.  The message of the children’s sermons are valuable enough on their own without reference to the incident, but if the children are to hear about it from one of their peers, best for it to happen with their preacher on hand.

With that in mind, as a reminder of how pastors can be helpful or unhelpful in a crisis, I am also sharing this article about 5 things to say and 5 things not to say in a crisis.  Hint: Don’t pretend you know what God is up to.

The Rev. Emily C. Heath on Dealing with Grief, in yesterday’s Huffington Post.

And finally, a friend of mine who is a seminary professor found singing the Coventry Carol to be therapeutic for her yesterday.

May the Peace of Christ be with you all.

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