Youth ministers suggest support to kids in wake of Charleston shooting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The events in Charleston, South Carolina have created a world of emotions for everyone -- and for parents, it's challenging to decide how to explain it to your children.

Youth ministers say the key is to keep it simple, speak in their language, and explain the importance of acceptance while remaining close to faith.

"Racism doesn't have a face, it's not a person, as much as it is a heart issue" said The Rock Family Worship Center student ministries director Scott Silcox.

"We know it was evil, it was hate, it was a crime, but deeper than that, it was an absence of God," said CrossPointe Church youth pastor Ryan Epps.

Silcox goes on to say explaining the power of prayer can provide a deep sense of security.

"Strive to understand the love God has for all of us and that He created us all equal," said Epps.

But most of all, reassure them that the church is safe.

"This is the safest place in terms of week in and week out, around the globe, millions of people gather to talk about God's love," said Silcox.

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