Protect the children in your ministries
Every congregation must have policies and procedures in place to protect children. These resources will help you.
Protecting and Nurturing Our Children and Youth
A resolution adopted in July 2013 by the delegates of Mennonite Church USA.
Safe church grant
Churches with an Everence Stewardship Advocate may request a Safe Church Grant of $350 to do trainings, offer a lecture series or do smaller church renovations to keep children, youth and vulnerable adults safe from potential abuse. Specific guidelines apply. Find information and an application here.
Parenting for Prevention
Download and print this short, clear and valuable PDF for all the parents. Think of logical times to distribute and discuss it with the parents in your congregation at least once a year.
Let the Children Come by Jeanette Harder
In the context of the Bible and faith, Let the Children Come helps Christians learn about their role in ending child abuse and neglect in all communities: church, home, extended family, neighborhood, school, work. Each chapter contains real-life stories, discussion questions and action items; the appendix includes a sample protection policy, as well as prayers, readings and exercises for use in adult education.
Circle of Grace curriculum
The Circle of Grace 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.
Dealing with Child Abuse
"Faith communities keeping children and youth safe"
The mission of Dove's Nest is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. Goals:
1. Educate faith communities about child abuse and neglect.
2. Provide faith communities with worship, education, and outreach resources on how to keep children safe.
3. Empower and equip faith communities to protect children and youth within their own congregations.
4. Empower and equip faith communities to protect children and youth within the wider community.
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