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Pastoral Care: Children & Families - General

hotlines, guidelines and crisis intervention contacts; and support for pastoral care for children, tweens, teens, families, differently abled persons, elders and folks with memory concerns; including mindfulness, personal care and volunteer support


Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help caregivers engage parents and children in counseling and conversation around a variety of topics. Here you'll find:

  • Books & Downloads
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
  • Websites & Curricula
  • Judicatory and Other Denominational Resources

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Comfort & Reassurance

As Babies Dream     Drawn Together     Everyday Prayers for Families     Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home     God's Protection Covers Me     Is Was     Picturing God When I Fly with Papa (9781634891158): Claudia May, Jena  Holliday, Jena Holliday: Books     Look Inside Where Is Home, Daddy Bear?

Download this handy discussion guide to help parents and kids explore the many metaphors for God in the Bible.

Rene Mehlberg of Trinity Lutheran, Laporte, MN offers this short service of Holy Communion - and its participant version - for small group in-person sharing.

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The Hospital     How to Return a Monster


     Finding Our Way Forward     Mothers-Daughters-Body-Image-Hillary-McBride     The Soul of the Family Tree     

based on and reflecting numerous family stories shared through the award-winning podcast IF THESE OVARIES COULD TALK, asking LGTBQ families every question imaginable about their journeys to parenthood.

Free Spirit Publishing specializes in social/emotional learning. Books are age-appropriate from pre-reader through high school.

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

On Being with Krista Tippett
Esther Perel
The Erotic Is an Antidote to Death

ResourceUMC has assembled a list of resources to support students and teachers during this particularly unique back-to-school season.

Christmas & Covid

Wired Magazine's What Should You Do about Holiday Gatherings and Covid-19? can help in family and congregational conversations - including a few creative alternatives.