The Florida Conference United Methodist Women present this study as we work to live out our vision, in part which states "faith, hope, and love in action on behalf of women children and youth around the world."
This study is based on the book Managing Our Emotions, by Dr. Trudy Rankin.
We feel that our witness to the most vulnerable segments of our society, our children, is very much needed at this time. This text, written long before the pandemic, focuses on anxiety and stress children are encountering and is quite timely.
Below are the links to all 4 sessions of this study:
This study is designed for Elementary age children (Pre-K to 5th grade). It also can be modified for rising 6th graders.
Should you have any questions, comments or feedback, please email Judith Pierre-Okerson, UMW Florida President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Flexible Modular Format for Virtual
For Mission Study credit in Florida, a Mission Study should be a total of 4 hours long. The
four hours can be done all at one time as in 4 consecutive hours, or it can be done in
various smaller segments that total 4 hours.
For this Virtual study, it is highly recommended that the study be broken into several
online meetings, not done in one long online meeting. Virtual meetings over 1.5 hour are
incredibly fatiguing to most people.
This is a Spiritual Growth study, so we recommend you intentionally schedule your virtual
study meetings at least four days to a week apart, allowing participants to practice the
Spiritual Exercises found in the book.
Possible options: four 1-hour Virtual meetings held at the same time on four consecutive
days or nights (for example: the four Wednesday nights of a month); or two 2-hour Virtual
meetings a week apart (example: 10 am to noon for two consecutive Saturdays). It is up to
Managing Our Emotions helps children learn about their emotions and accept God’s gift of their entire range of emotions (sadness, joy, excitement, fear and frustration to name just a few) through four two-hour sessions.
Authors Trudy Rankin and Faye Wilson designed the four sessions to help children (and leaders) explore both positive and negative emotions.
The study uses scripture memorization, Bible study and prayer, as well as exercises such as "tapping" or the Emotional Freedom Technique, to help children manage feelings in a positive and healthy way.
This study encourages all of us—participants and study leaders alike—to be aware of our feelings, understand what the Bible teaches us about the role of feelings in our lives, find ways we can cultivate strength to deal with challenges, and discover a community in which to celebrate
Finding Peace in an Anxious World, the 2020 Spiritual Growth Study by staff of the Urban Village Church, uses the book of Proverbs and “The Serenity Prayer” as a guide to help Christians find their way through anxiety, worry, and fear and move towards God’s peace that surpasses all understanding.
Using “The Serenity Prayer” as a scaffold, Finding Peace in an Anxious World explores ways to discover peace through scriptural and spiritual disciplines so that we can be rooted in God and energized to live fully as disciples of Christ.
“The Serenity Prayer” shaped a 2015 four-part sermon series at the Urban Village Church in Chicago. It was through that series that the church was able to address the tumultuous events of that summer and present a framework for how to approach a God who desires peace for the hearts of God’s people in times of anxiety. These sermons are the basis for this book.
The four chapters, each written by a different Urban Village Church leader, focus on different aspects of the prayer—serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom—and each concludes with a spiritual practice to help further develop the featured char-acteristic in your life.
These resources help individuals and small groups remotely engage in Mission u.
Companion Study Guide:
Finding Peace in an Anxious World - Companion Study Guide for Individuals and Small Groups
Tips and resources for virtual meetings:
If It Is Not Possible to Have a Face-to-Face Program
Requirements for Certification and Resources
Leader's Guide in English
Leader's Guide in Spanish
Leader's Guide in Korean
Leader's Guide Permissions and Credits
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