How to Help Your Kids and Teens Deal with Anxiety

How to Help Your Kids and Teens Deal with Anxiety

How is everyone doing in your house? No, really! How is the worry and anxiety level in your home this week?

Do you know what the most common mental concern is in the United States is? It is Anxiety Disorder. It effects 40 million adults. It also is the most common mental struggle for children and teens. Nearly 32% of adolescents have suffered from serious anxiety at some point.

According to statistics and studies, if you have a child or teen in your home, there is a 1 in 3 chance they are struggling with some form of anxiety. Thanks to phones and social media, teen anxiety disorder is on the rise. It is not surprising, but that does not mean we as Christians need to brush it off as lack of faith or spiritual weakness either.

We want to offer you some helpful, loving advice and guidance. We do not want to ignore this growing problem that may be also impacting your family. We want to encourage you to take the time with our child to talk about how they are feeling. Find out what is stressing them or what might be bringing on worry before it turns into something more.

Not every feeling of anxiety and worry is sin or evil. We know that there are many things that can affect your children and their feelings of anxiety. We do have a powerful God with powerful promises. As you pray over your child this week, whether they are struggling with anxiety or not, consider a few of these verses.

  • Luke 12:22-26: May my child not be worried or anxious about the superficial things of this world.
  • Psalm 27:1: God, allow my child to realize that they can run to you in moments of anxiety and you will protect them.
  • Psalm 118:6-7: Guide my child as they go through their day today. Allow them to not worry about what other people say, think, or do.
  • Philippians 4:6-7: Lord, give my child peace in their heart and their mind.

Watch this great video resource as soon as you can. We hope this helps you and gives you a bit of time to reflect on your child/children’s mental, emotional and spiritual health. Take the time today or this week to sit down face-to-face as a family and check in on each other’s worries and anxiety levels.

We are available to talk, pray, or just listen to you and/or your child. Helping a child or teen with anxiety is a challenge Click here for age-appropriate resource for your child or teen for tips and practical ways you can help. If you are seeking professional advice or help, please also let us know. We would love to suggest some local adolescent professionals in our area. We are praying for you! Let us know how we can pray specifically for you and your family.

Merge Scavenger Hunt

Merge Scavenger Hunt

Do you like going on adventures, driving around Tampa, and finding things that are hidden? Then join us on our Merge Scavenger Hunt!  
We’ve hidden 10 cards all around the city in places that you’re probably familiar with, from Westshore mall, all the way to The Portico, and many more places along the way! Your goal is to find all 10 cards, take a picture with each of them, and send them to us on Facebook or Instagram! Everyone who gets all 10 will get a special shoutout in our July 5 Merge Live!
You’ll have from June 21-30 to find all the cards and send them to us, but I recommend getting them all done at once to get the whole experience! So get the family together, buckle your seatbelts, pay attention to speed limits, and take an adventure all around our amazing city! 


Zoom Out!

Zoom Out!


Sunday July 5, after participating in church as a family,

break away from all the time you’ve spent in front of a screen and connect with God in another way.


Virtual Sunday Morning Live! will be back on Zoom next Sunday, July 12. “See” you then!


Still need a Children’s Ministries moment this week?

Check out this special message from Vicki Walker that’s just for you, families!

Vacation Bible School Update

Vacation Bible School Update

After much prayerful consideration and discussion, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School at Hyde Park United Methodist this summer.

The safety and health of our kids, families, staff and volunteers continues to be our top priority and we did not feel we could safely host VBS this summer given the number. More Info

Thank you to all of you who were already “on board” with us through camper and volunteer registrations. To brighten the mood during this period, you can order the Rocky Railway soundtrack.

While our hearts are saddened because VBS is one of our favorite weeks of the entire year, we are also at peace that God is with us and guiding us. We miss all of you and your smiling faces! Stay safe and remember … Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through!

Merge This Week

Merge This Week

Hi everyone! We wanted to let you know that Merge isn’t going away, we’re just now connecting via technology! So, we wanted to fill you all in on how Merge will look in the coming weeks.
  • Bible Project Devotions posted to our stories daily and saved in our highlights so that you can follow along with the congregation!
  • Confirmation Lesson Video! If you’re a part of Confirmation this year, your remaining lessons will be in video format with a quiz to send back to us on Sunday evenings!
  • Bible Study Videos! A video of our Bible study, “The Story,” will be included in the E-News every week!
  • 1 p.m. –  Parent Ministry Zoom call. We want to know what life looks like for you right now, and have a space where parents can connect with each other. We will be meeting every Sunday with this same link.
  • 2 p.m. – Confirmation Instagram Live! If you have any questions about the lesson, this is your chance to ask and talk about what you learned!@mergehpumc
  • 4 p.m. – Merge Instagram Live! We want to connect with you all and hear how you’re doing in this crazy time! @mergehpumc
  • Family Minute To Win It Challenges and Tik Toks for us to share on social media and a chance to win gift cards! Email them to us HERE!
  • Take a picture of yourself and your loved ones over the next few days, from wherever you want to be, and post it on social media with two hashtags: #HydeParkUMC and #FlattenTheCurve. Post it on whatever social media channels you prefer: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. This isn’t just some gimmicky exercise, but it will create a virtual wall board of images of each of us, so that we can pray for each other by face and name, and be a testament to the world that we are doing our part to stem this disease. And we may even use these photos somehow in worship next week. So post those photos, starting right now!
  • Wave a Palm Branch! During the week before April 5, we will be asking families to submit photos or short (5 second) videos of themselves waving a Palm Branch to be shown during the first hymn on Palm Sunday. All of these can be submitted here:

Sayde’s Corner

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health” – 3 John 1:2

During this hard time with the Corona Virus we must remember our God. He does not want us to fear or panic but remember that he has a handle on this. He wants us to stay healthy and prosper even during this pandemic that makes us panic. I pray that you all read this in good health and I pray that you are following God’s word during this stressful time.

-Sayde Harrington-Moniz
Communications Connector

Bible Study

Watch this week’s “The Story” Bible study video, where we discuss Israel taking Jericho!

More Merge Fun!

Seder Dinner and Lecture – 6 p.m. April 6 on Zoom

Warren Willis Summer Camp registration still open! Register for Week 2, June 15-20. $430 per person

Church at Home

During these unique times, we want to encourage you to keep attending church as a family…at home!

For adults, that can be as easy as tuning in to the live stream Facebook Live or Church Online.

But what does it look like to have Children’s Ministries virtually?


  • Join our Children’s Ministries Facebook group for weekly updates, fun and family engagement
  • Worship with us via Zoom* at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays for “Virtual Sunday Morning Live!” 
  • Use this Children’s Home Bulletin when your kiddos are attending service at home with you
  • Game Time on Zoom with the Children’s Team 6:30 p.m Wednesdays
  • Stay informed with our weekly Family Enews (emailed on Wednesdays).
  • Use these tips for Children’s Ministries while social distancing.
  • Receive text reminders from Children’s Ministries on REMIND app. Text @2019cmf to 81010 to opt in.
  • Use the links below to worship together at home as a family with age appropriate Bible lessons and videos

With these resources, you can participate in Children’s Ministries from wherever you are!

*Zoom password: the code for the Wesley Center door*



First Look – Preschoolers

Based on three simple, but powerful, truths, the entire curriculum is constructed to meet your preschoolers where they are cognitively, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Through age appropriate activities, preschoolers are building their spiritual foundation so that by the time they graduate from Kindergarten they know these three basic truths:

God Made Me

God Loves Me

Jesus Wants To Be My Friend Forever


To access these videos and lessons: 
1. Click on the date to open "CentreStack"
2. Click the file names and they will play in your browser

*You do NOT need to download each file*

Included in each link are:
1. Four Videos: A countdown, 2 worship songs and the Bible story
2. Abbreviated lessons for family prayer and activity time
3. Memory Verse and Theme graphics
4. "Parent Cue" to continue the conversation throughout the week

Toddlers and 2s





252 Kids – Grades 1-5

Dedicated to helping children grow in wisdom, faith and friendship, it is designed to shape identity through planting these truths in the heart of every elementary-age child:

• I need to make the wise choice. (Wisdom)

• I can trust God no matter what. (Faith)

• I should treat others the way I want to be treated. (Friendship)


To access these videos and lessons: 
1. Click on the date to open "CentreStack"
2. Click the file names and they will play in your browser

*You do NOT need to download each file*

Included in each link are:
1. Four Videos: A countdown, worship song, Intro, Bible story and Outro
2. Abbreviated lessons for family prayer and activity time
3. Memory Verse, Theme and "Bottom Line" graphics
4. "Parent Cue" and "God Time Devo" to continue the conversation throughout the week

1st – 4th Grade


5th Grade


Questions? Contact Kristin!

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