Empowering Youth to Participate in Creating a Safe Church

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“Circle of Grace provides a great age-appropriate resource. It firmly links the protection of children with God’s will and provides children and their parents a common vocabulary for discussing concerns.”- David Orr, Pastor, First Mennonite Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Safety involves each of us, and we can support our children in participating in creating save environments by using the Circle of Grace curriculum. The goal of this new resource, for youth in grades K-12, is to educate and empower children and young people to actively participate in creating a safe environment for themselves and others.

As a result of the Circle of Grace program, children and youth will:

  • understand that they are created by God and live in his love
  • be able describe the Circle of Grace that God gives to each of us
  • be able to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual boundaries
  • learn how to identify all types of boundary violations
  • know what to do if any boundary is threatened or violated

Circle of Grace is unique. It teaches about God’s presence and assistance in difficult and confusing situations, and reinforces God’s real presence in our lives. It has a focus on respect for self and others, and helps our youth develop skills for good decision-making.

Circle of grace teaches about the sacredness of each person and how relationships are called to be experiences of divine love. It goes beyond “good touch-bad touch” models by addressing the whole person. In this way, it is able to teach how boundary violations can occur through all of our senses.

Education is the Best Prevention
Circle of Grace offers a preventive approach, helping children and youth learn how to identify uncomfortable situations long before inappropriate touch occurs.

If you live in or near Grand Rapids, Michigan, a Circle of Grace Training and Information event  is being held on Nov. 10 at 12th Avenue CRC in Jenison, Michigan. To register, please contact Safe Church Ministry at 616.224.0735

Want to learn more about Circle of Grace? Check out the Circle of Grace information on the CRC’s Safe Church Ministry website. Or visit http://protestant.cograce.org.

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