Show Notes on Ask Alice: Helping Teenagers Deal with Fear in Frightening Times
War. Cancer. Kidnapping. Terrorism. Our world is scary and unsure at best. The ongoing list of fears can be never-ending, and with the rates of childhood anxiety increasing rapidly, its proof that our kids are not immune to fear either. In this episode of Ask Alice, Alice hears from a parent whose child is struggling with the fear of death following Kobe Bryant’s passing. She discusses the mindset of a fearful child and their natural tendency to avoid talking about it, which unfortunately leads to additional fear and anxiety. Alice provides practical advice on approaching difficult circumstances with a child, as well as how to convey the peace and comfort that comes from the solid foundation of the Gospel.
Questions for Youth Groups:
- What are the fearful events that affect you the most – globally and locally?
- What are ways that you respond to these potentially uncertain circumstances?
- If you could visibly see God in these events, would it change how you reacted? If so, how?
- In Philippians 4, Paul speaks of the “peace of God which surpasses all understanding” – what does that mean for how we can live our lives and help those who may be overwhelmed with fears?