After every disaster there is always a Sunday.
For people who minister to children and youth in the Episcopal Church, this means that there is an immediate opportunity to connect young people to the rich resources of hope and healing, of prayer, conversation, ritual and action that their faith community offers.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Preparedness and Response Program has created a set of resources to assist religious educators and youth ministers in responding to the spiritual needs of children and youth in the first weeks after a local disaster. They include:
+ Ministering to Children after a Disaster, Resources for Grades K-5
+ Ministering to Youth after a Disaster, Resources for Grades 6-8
+ Ministering to Teens after a Disaster, Resources for Grades 9-12
Each resource provides age-appropriate suggestions for prayer, discussion, reflection and response. Reproducible handouts for teachers, parents and other care providers are also included.
All three resources can be downloaded for free from
Barbara Ballenger is US Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development.