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Safe Church Ministry  |  November 2020
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Farewell to Bonnie

For over nine years, Bonnie Nicholas has guided the ministry of Safe Church Ministry, first as the interim director, and then as the full-time director. Bonnie has walked alongside so many people involved in situations of abuse: empowering survivors, assisting leaders from countless congregations and classes, supporting Advisory Panel Processes, and leading as a voice for change for the system of the Christian Reformed Church. Bonnie has experienced many challenges as some situations of abuse lacked the justice and compassion for those impacted by harm, yet she was also able to experience powerful pictures of the kingdom of Jesus as many were able to experience restoration, care, empathy, just responses, and systemic change with her ministry as director of Safe Church.

We pray for many blessings for Bonnie as the Lord goes before her into retirement and gives her new dreams and visions in her next chapter!

God’s Grace in the Midst of a Pandemic

God has blessed Safe Church Ministry in 2020, and Safe Church has blessed individuals, congregations, and classes, even as a pandemic canceled plans and changed everything. Join in the blessings, support Safe Church Ministry in 2020.  Special for this year - when you give a donation to Safe Church, you will receive a Safe Church mask as a small gift of thanks!

Apply for our 2021 Mini-Grants today

Are you involved in your classis safe church team? Have you considered applying for a mini grant to extend the learning experience for congregations connected to your classis safe church team? Applications are due by January 13, 2021. While we may be in the middle of a pandemic, and connecting looks very different than it did a year ago, there are still many opportunities to offer training and support to your classis community.

16 Days of Activism, Safe Church, and Gender-Based Violence

This year, Safe Church is joining the Office of Social Justice, World Renew and the Centre for Public Dialogue as we mark the #16daysof activism that run from November 25 to December 10th. This initiative is to bring awareness to Gender Based Violence (GBV). Join us for this campaign.

Join our team!

Can you get excited about supporting the work of Christian Reformed Justice Ministries in the US - Race Relations, Social Justice, Disability Concerns, and Safe Church? The CRC is looking to fill a full time position providing assistance and volunteer coordination. Application deadline is December 4, 2020.

Final Episode of our 2020 Webinar Series: Raising our Voices

The last webinar in our year-long series will take place on December 2 at 12pm Eastern. This webinar will feature two courageous people who will raise their voices to share with us from their own experience of abuse, what it was like for them and how the church responded in ways that were helpful, and perhaps sometimes in ways that were unhelpful. We invite you to join us in this important conversation. We thoroughly enjoyed our last two webinars with Dr. Diane Langberg and Rev. Jay Stringer, if you missed them, no worries, check out all of the recordings from 2020 here!

October 2020 Safe Church Webinar with Diane Langberg: Redeeming Power

This webinar conversation with Dr. Diane Langberg took place on Wednesday October 28th, 2020. The Recording is now available. Be sure to purchase a copy of Dr. Langberg’s newly released, Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church. It offers further insight into issues of abuse of power and the effects it has on our church.

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