Christmas is the time of the year when we tend to be more joyful, more merry . . . at least, many of us are. But it can also be a very difficult time of year for many of the children and families in our ministries if they are experiencing difficult times in their families. Along with leading children in worshipping and celebrating the birth of Jesus, we need to also be on the watch for those children and families who may need our help. Watch for . . .
- Signs of abuse. This is something to be on watch for at all times of the year, but while Christmas is a joyful time, it is also a time when families may experience more stress. This stress can result in children being abused and/or neglected. Watch for acting out, bruises, children who flinch when you reach their direction or act as if they are afraid.
- Signs of depression. While children do not often feel depressed, they can and their parents might as well. Look for lack of interest, a deep sadness and lack of joy.
- Signs of need. Children who come to class in the same clothes each week; particularly if the clothes are worn, may indicate a family is in need. Children who come to class hungry is another thing to be watching for which could indicate their family is in need.