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Admin Tip – Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Do you know the most frequent reason that a Safe Gatherings application is delayed? It might not be what you think. You may be thinking that the background check is most frequently what causes an application to be delayed, but that’s not correct. The most frequent reason? The applicant’s own references! How can that be? […]

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What Would You Do? Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

A regular volunteer comes to you two days before the mission trip she has planned to attend and says that her Safe Gatherings approval has not come back yet. You had reminded her a couple of times over the last month or two, but she still hasn’t completed the necessary steps. She says, “I’ve been […]

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Admin Tip, Spring 2021

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Over this past year, we know there have been many changes in organizations, and this includes staffing. This newsletter’s administrative tip is to remind you to let us know about these changes. We want to make sure we are still communicating with the right people. If you have Safe Gatherings admin changes, please call us […]

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Partnership with N2Discovery

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Safe Gatherings is proud to partner with N2Discovery as the recommended protection program provider for Discovery Weekend activities. At N2Discovery, Discovery Weekend resources emphasize the need for events to be safe places for children and youth. They are committed to ensuring that staff and volunteers are screened and trained, and encourage the use of Safe […]

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Updated training module available

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Safe Gatherings updated its training course last fall to address the challenges and best practices when conducting online ministry. The module is now included as part of the Safe Gatherings training. The module discusses abuse prevention considerations for conducting online meetings, technology challenges and solutions, boundary awareness situations in terms of virtual ministry, and more. […]

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Even More Great Ideas

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

For many, the relationship with your congregation lives in your heart, and it’s never more true than this year as everyone is searching for ways to connect. The Easter and Passover celebrations are going to look quite different than in years past. Kudos to those who are thinking outside the box to create meaningful holidays: […]

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Dance Party

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Electric Slide, Macarena, Hokey Pokey, anyone? Moving is good for the heart, so why not have fun while you are doing it? You may remember some dance moves from your childhood, teen years or maybe you keep up on the latest craze. Print out and share this activity page, then have fun Googling and practicing […]

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Timely Topics

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

People are social distancing and many are staying home, which means more people are communicating via their computers, tablets and cell phones. Unfortunately, all of this digital communication can create and cultivate negativity. This week’s timely topic that may be helpful both at home and in your role at a church or organization is cyberbullying. […]

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Coronavirus Explained (for Kids)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

These days can be a scary time for young people. Their routines are in flux or non-existent, and they aren’t able to go to the places they are used to going to every week, such as school and worship. As people across the country are adjusting to a new normal of staying home and social […]

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Have you received your 2019 window clings yet?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Our 2019 window clings will be hitting your mailbox soon, and your church or organization will be receiving them if you have met a certain number or percentage of Safe Gatherings approvals. Post your window clings at your doors and on your windows to signify your strong commitment to protecting the children, youth, and vulnerable […]

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Rio Texas Honors Churches with Window Cling

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Recently, the Rio Texas UMC Conference recognized its member churches who were given window clings from Safe Gatherings to honor their participation in the program. As a valuable partner, Rio Texas is committed to protecting the vulnerable, and we thank them for these efforts. To view the newsletter, click here.

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Making the Message Stick

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Last week, Safe Gatherings mailed out window clings to organizations that are committed to protecting the vulnerable by screening and training those who work with vulnerable populations. The churches and organizations that received the window clings have met the criteria for our first recognition program, which is a certain number or percentage of active Safe […]

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