We are living through a unique season. The coronavirus pandemic has upended our school, work, social and family life. Adults, teenagers and even children are reporting increased feelings of  anxiety and depression as COVID-19 continues to throw off our routines. How can parents guide their children through this difficult time? What are some practices we can all engage in to take care of ourselves and improve our health and well-being during this period of increased stress?

Join us on Sunday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. for the launch of Oak Hill Cares, a three-part series of livestreamed conversations with counselor and therapist Rebecca Oates on navigating the spiritual and psychological difficulties brought on by the pandemic.

The conversation will be streamed over Facebook and Pastor Stephen and Rebecca will be taking questions and comments from viewers and answering them during the broadcast. Please send your questions to Cares@oakhillumc.org beforehand!


  • •  Sunday, August 23 @ 8:00 p.m. | Back to School: A Conversation for Parents with Young Children (click here to view)
  • •  Sunday, September 6 @ 8:00 p.m. | Higher Ed & COVID: A Conversation for Teenagers and Parents (click here to view)
  • •  Sunday, September 20 @ 8:00 p.m. | Calming the Storm: A Conversation About Self-Care


About Rebecca Oates:

Rebecca enjoys working with families and supporting parents to better understand and engage with their children. As a parent of a tween and a teen, she knows first-hand how challenging and rewarding parenting can be.

Rebecca has co-facilitated a marriage retreat as well as parenting courses at a number of Austin-area United Methodist Churches. The parenting courses included a month-long Parenting Young Children course and a month-long Parenting Tweens and Teens course during the Sunday School hour.

Rebecca has also spoken about the development of the teenage brain to parent/teacher groups at various schools.