April is Child Abuse Prevention Month-HOW DOES THE CHURCH WORK TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE?
Updated: Feb 5
Did you know that our church is a Safe Sanctuary church? It is a covenant that we make at every baptism to uphold each new child, to help them grow in their faith, and keep them safe. To be a Trusted adult means that the person has completed an online application, online training course and test, and attended an in-person or facilitated online session to learn how to put it into practice in our ministry to others. In the past two years, 5,500 people have completed their Trusted certification in our Rio Texas Conference. If you would like to become a Trusted adult, more information is available at Rio Texas Safety Policy or see the Safe Sanctuaries tab on our church website. We need you.
Once you are a Trusted adult, you can serve others within our church, whether it be a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, visit the homebound, or many other ministries where you may serve others. Serving in these ministries means we have an obligation to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations also include those experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ, those who receive care through Stephen Ministry, the elderly, and persons with physical, mental, and/or developmental disabilities. These persons are at a higher risk of bullying, harassment, exploitation, abuse, or neglect and need us to be aware, intentional in our care, and to keep them safe.
(Written by Diane Ewing)
FROM MS. KIM:
At Manchaca UMC, 53 people have completed the Safety Certification process to become Trusted adults! Another 7 members are "in-process." That means nearly 60 people have made a commitment to keeping our vulnerable populations safe in ministry. Are you ready to take that step? Contact Kim@ManchacaUMC.org for more information on how you can become a Trusted Adult!
Don't forget that Sunday is the last day to bring in your Teddy Bear donations (any new or gently used stuffed animal). These will be given to the sheriff department to give to children in crisis situations.