Last month, I took my two daughters to McDonald's to play in the play area and get some ice cream. We needed to get out of the house, and it was too dark for the park. While I was in the parking lot getting them out of their car seats, a security guard alerted us that we might want to use the drive-through, as there was a man inside "tweaking out" on meth. I thanked him and said we'd head to another McDonald's up the road.
Thanks to you, we exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal and raised $5,075! There are many amazing causes to support on Giving Tuesday, and we are grateful you prioritized the safety of children!We know this is a priority to you.
Here is how your contribution helps children stay safe:
$40 covers the cost of a training video $75 covers a license for the Circle of Grace curriculum $100 covers a two-hour consultation on a protection policy $350 covers a two-hour training for adult volunteers $750 covers a full-day training for adult volunteers $1,000 assists us in planning a conference
The Circle of Grace 2018 update is now available online for license holders and churches interested in obtaining a license. In addition to general revisions, the update includes new alternate lessons for junior high and high school students on stress, human trafficking, and relationship boundaries, as well as adaptions to teach Circle of Grace to youth with developmental disabilities. The curriculum is available with a requested fee of $75. It is available for free to all Mennonite Church USA entities, with a requested $30 administrative fee.
For those who don't know the Circle of Grace curriculum, what's the one point it makes that is most important to teach children? Many children already receive sexuality and boundary education in school. Circle of Grace is distinct in communicating that people in the church care about all the parts of life, including our physical bodies and body safety. We want children to know that God cares and the church cares that they are safe and that their bodies are respected. Circle of Grace enables Christian educators to teach that no topic is off limits in church.
Everence® supports churches in protecting children, teens, and vulnerable individuals from harm with the Safe Church Grant. This $350 grant helps to reimburse churches for costs they incur to keep people in their care safe from sexual or other forms of abuse.
CRC Safe Church Ministry is offering mini-grants of up to $1,000 each to safe church classis coordinators or team members, for planning educational or team training events that fit within our mission of equipping congregations in abuse awareness, prevention, and response.