The following songs from the Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal would work well for an abuse awareness service.
"Churches are natural targets for sexual predators ... What is really needed is a healthy suspicion of human frailty, our own as well as others." - Bob Harvey, Faith Today
Find resources that relate to emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse.
The CRCNA was recently featured in the July Newsletter of “The Hope of Survivors”, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting victims of pastoral sexual abuse and misconduct, as well as providing educational and informational materials and seminars to pastors and churches of every denomination worldwide.
"What could possibly happen when you combine a little glue and glitter along with energetic kids and well-meaning volunteers?" A bit of planning will ensure that the environment you provide is secure and safe for all of the children who attend your VBS.
"Maybe we’ve focused so much on trying to keep children from becoming victims that we’ve forgotten to teach them not to be perpetrators." Let’s stop assuming that children know these values intuitively and realize we need to teach them explicitly.
Children living with disabilities are more likely to be abused. An article states that one in three children with an identified disability for which they receive special education services are victims of some type of maltreatment compared to one in 10 nondisabled children.
Synod has encouraged each classis to have a Safe Church team made up of representatives from each church. The team is a resource to churches, can support local churches in creating safety at the congregational level and empowers churches to be a support to individuals affected by abuse.