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Safe Church Ministry  |  September 2020
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Abuse Awareness Sunday - Sept. 27, 2020

This year we have all had to shift and reimagine how we connect with others. Thankfully, while we have struggled with the isolation forced upon us by a global pandemic, we are still able to create connections through Zoom, Google meets, YouTube live and other social platforms! While not the same as connecting in person, technology has proved to be a great blessing during this time. As we move into fall, many churches are still hosting services online. On September 27th, Abuse Awareness Sunday, is your church planning a special litany or sermon that is being live streamed/recorded? Send us a copy! Safe Church is planning to curate a resource of Abuse Awareness Sunday recordings.

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Reflecting on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

This summer we had the opportunity to have Tara Boer, Safe Church Coordinator for Classis Iakoto and Heartland, certified ACEs instructor and Associate Professor of Social Work at Dordt University, join Safe Church for our webinar series and speak about the influence that childhood trauma has on our lives. To view the recording and all resources related to her discussion, please visit: Why the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study Matter. This article is a reflection on her presentation, written by Safe Church Coordinator Sherry Fakkema. We are continuing our webinar series  throughout the remainder of the year as a way to connect and offer ongoing relevant training material for our Safe Church Community.

2020 Update Regarding Synodical Adoptions to Address Abuse of Power in the CRCNA

While Synod was not able to take place this year, there was a special meeting of the Council of Delegates (CoD) that took up many items that could not wait until 2021. Included in this article are updates made by the CoD regarding the progress of the directives made by Synod 2019 to address abuse of power in the CRCNA, two of those directives involved developing a training for pastors on abuse of power (read more on the training here); and another to develop a code of conduct (read more on the code here).

Changes for Safe Church Ministry as Director Plans to Retire

On behalf of Safe Church Ministry - staff, volunteers and friends, we want to thank Bonnie Nicholas, Director of Safe Church Ministry for her years of service in this role. As the year closes, we say goodbye to Bonnie as she steps down from this role and shifts into retirement. Bonnie has been instrumental in equipping and empowering many towards greater abuse awareness, prevention and response. Safe Church is currently searching for a new director. Please pray for guidance and direction as we seek a new leader for our ministry. Job posting: Director of Safe Church Ministry

September 2020 Safe Church Webinar With Jay Stringer

Join us on September 30th at 12pm for a conversation with Jay Stringer, CRC minister and licensed mental health therapist who has done years of research and uncovered deep-rooted issues that lead to sexual brokenness. Jay Stringer has written the pivotal book: Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, a ground-breaking resource that explores the “why” behind self-destructive sexual choices. He has also developed a 5-month online journey for individuals, accountability partners, and small groups who desire freedom from unwanted sexual behavior, Journey into The Heart of Man.

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