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:

  1. What are the fearful events that affect you the most – globally and locally?
  2. What are ways that you respond to these potentially uncertain circumstances?
  3. If you could visibly see God in these events, would it change how you reacted? If so, how?
  4. 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?

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