Supplement Your Sunday School Curriculum: Help Keep Children Safe!

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Circle of Grace is a Christian safe environment curriculum that helps to form and educate children and youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others.

The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.

After participating in the Circle of Grace curriculum, children and young people will be able to ...

  • understand they are created by God and live in God's love along with the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
  • describe the Circle of Grace, which God gives each of us.
  • identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual boundaries.
  • identify all types of boundary violations.
  • demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated.

Churches can supplement their current Sunday school or school curriculum with Circle of Grace. Lessons are self-contained and grade specific, with one to four age-appropriate lessons each year for children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. The curriculum is available in English and Spanish. The Curriculum Overview shows the concepts taught and the activities and exercises utilized. The curriculum is provided on CDs, including a training CD, and can be customized to your church or school.

To learn about how to order Circle of Grace for your congregation, please visit this page.

Or contact Bonnie Nicholas, Director of Safe Church Ministry, at 616-224-0735 or email safechurchministry@crcna.org.

 

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Thanks for posting about this excellent resource. We believe it's one of the best tools available for equipping children and youth with the skills they need to actively participate in creating a safe environment for themselves and others. It will help build a culture of respect and healthy relationships for the next generation in our churches. Now is the time to get ready for Fall and plan on adding Circle of Grace to your church school curriculum.

Because we believe in it so much, Safe Church Ministry is supplementing the cost for this program - it's available from Safe Church Ministry to CRC, and and now also to RCA congregations, for only $25. (The information on our website has not yet been updated to reflect this - 50 churches received the program free of charge to pilot the project - that phase is now over). Here's what one CRC had to say about Circle of Grace, "The program is very good. It ties in well with what the kids are already learning ... The program is easy to adjust for a small church. We did not have any difficulty combining the classes and using lessons from multiple grades ... The parent information was a good addition to send home as well ... I would say it was a success."

 

 

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