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Online Training for Your Church

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

This spring, we announced our sister company, CongregationU. Have you had a chance to check it out yet? CongregationU provides e-learning courses designed specifically for the church environment. You can educate and train your staff, volunteers, and members on topics such as safe driving, first aid, church marketing, parliamentary procedure, kitchen safety, social media, and […]

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Protecting Children and Youth This Summer

Monday, July 11th, 2016

In the easy days of summer, a child’s imagination runs wild: invisible water and sharks outside their pirate ship, or monsters lurking in the big woods. But outside of their imagination, the reality is that the dangers are often those that children never see coming. Statistics show that 90% of children and youth know their […]

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9 Ways to Keep Kids Safe at VBS

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Summer is a really fun time of year in churches, especially when they are buzzing with the excitement of Vacation Bible School. Churches come alive when children and youth are engaged in activities designed especially for them. But with this energy and excitement also comes some added preparation. With so many children and youth running […]

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Valuing Your Volunteers

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

There was an interesting article in the Seattle Times recently about volunteers. Though the article focuses on the region around Seattle, we think you can apply it to wherever you are in the country. It’s definitely worth taking the time to read as you think about gearing up for spring and summer events in your […]

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Safe Gatherings is on the road!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

We are excited to share that we are at the UMC General Conference in Portland this week. We know that this is a very important event for many of you, and we are happy to share in that excitement as we get to meet you and discuss your training and abuse-prevention needs. If you are […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

You are the administrator for the Safe Gatherings system at your school or organization. How do you check the status of pending applications? It’s easy! Login with your administrator credentials. On the administration page, go to the Links box and click on Pending Applicants. You will see a list of people who have not completed […]

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What Would You Do?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer at your school or organization and have just finished helping out with a 5th-grade class party. The kids have just left for the day, and you are tidying up while the teacher is attending an after-hours meeting. You pick up a student’s notebook from the floor and as […]

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

It’s April, an important month when it comes to child abuse. In 1983, April was officially declared by presidential proclamation as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Whether you wear blue or “plant” pinwheels on your school or organization’s grounds to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention, it’s important to take time to promote […]

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Come On In, But Can I See Some ID?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

You probably think of your school or organization as a place where all are welcome, anytime. When people enter the doors of your facility, they should get a sense that they are in a friendly, nurturing space. Parents should feel free to visit their child at lunchtime and during class parties, or during your organization’s […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip: Check Status of Pending Application

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

You are the administrator for the Safe Gatherings system at your church. How do you check the status of pending applications? It’s easy! Login with your administrator credentials. On the administration page, go to the Links box and click on Pending Applicants. You will see a list of people who have not completed one or […]

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Train Your Church on Useful, Timely Topics

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

  It is with great excitement that we introduce our Safe Gatherings audience to our new sister company, CongregationU. CongregationU provides e-learning courses designed specifically for the church environment. You can educate and train your staff, volunteers, and members in courses on topics such as safe driving, first aid, fire safety, parliamentary procedure, and more. […]

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What Would You Do?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer at church and have just finished your 5th-grade Sunday school class for the day. The kids have all gone home, and you won’t see them again until next week. You are tidying up the classroom and you pick up Chloe’s notebook from the floor. As you pick up […]

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