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Resilience Ministry

Saint Paul’s Resilience Ministry

Supporting Families and Individuals at Saint Paul’s and Beyond

Based in a Christian faith community, the Resilience Ministry seeks to –

1. Increase awareness of both the long term impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the ability of positive childhood experiences (PCEs) to diminish the effects of ACEs.

2. Provide resources to empower individuals, families and communities to understand, prevent and respond to the effects of childhood trauma.

3. Instill a sense of hopefulness that each of us can make a difference by promoting positive childhood experiences.


Talking to Our Children About Horrifying World Events

After a disaster or crisis in the news, many children will have heard something, no matter how old they are. Children will often ask direct questions about these events. As parents and caregivers, it can be difficult to navigate answering children’s’ questions directly while filtering out unhelpful details. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some helpful guidelines for parents and caregivers. 

If you have questions or comments about this material, please speak to your child’s doctor or email the St. Paul’s Resilience Ministry at resilience@stpaulscary.org


Providing Hope:  Strengthening and Connecting Families, Congregations and Communities.

Prevent Child Abuse NC partnered with the NCSU Institute for Emerging Issues and Partners in Health and Wholeness in October 2020 to present a multiple day program.  Valuable insights and useful resources from the program which are summarized below:

Day 1:  Parental Resilience – Mental Well-Being. Parental Resilience looks a lot different     during the COVID-19 pandemic.  How can we support parents, care givers, and families during these challenging times.  It takes a lot of courage to be a parent right now. In which ways are you as a parent or parents around you navigating? In what ways is this just really hard?     Click HERE for the newsletter for Day #1 and great resources

Day 2:  Social Emotional Competence of Children.  Helping children identify and express their emotions gives them tools to get through tough times.   Children’s books are often great resources for helping children learn these skills.  A list of specific books is included.  Click HERE for the newsletter for Day #2 and great resources

Day 3:  Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development. 

Developmental milestones are many and sometimes subjective. What are your “developmental milestones” for your child or as a parent during the pandemic? How do you manage your expectations around what your child “should” be doing?

Click HERE for the newsletter for Day #3 and more great resources 


Howard Loughlin, hloughlin@earthlink.net, 919-234-1356
Jackie Straub, jmpstraub@aol.com, 919-460-6628

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