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: […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Summer camp can represent the very best of summer for kids. Getting away from mom and dad (maybe for the first time), learning responsibility, navigating the challenges of bugs and scrapes, and most importantly, having fun in the sun! But summer camp can also be one of the biggest risks for the churches and other […]
We have a new, exciting feature in Safe Gatherings related to the way invoices are handled! As of June 2018, Safe Gatherings is sending the designated recipient(s) an email with a link to their invoice. You can click on the link to view and/or print the invoice, and you can also pay by credit card at […]
The Safe Gatherings training program has been approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an approved program for Texas youth camps. Contact Safe Gatherings today at 888-241-8258 for your abuse prevention training needs or to find out more about our system!
It’s camping season: time for marshmallows, campfires, and avoiding those pesky mosquitoes. In addition to the valuable skills young people are learning as they navigate the great outdoors, many are leaving home for the first time and sharing new experiences. Off-site and overnight camping situations can create challenges and require a set of best practices […]
If you are the administrator on your Safe Gatherings account, we have two tips for you in this newsletter: 1. Look for a new report in your email. As you have applicants that expire and need to renew their Safe Gatherings approval, you will receive an email with details of which applicants need attention. 2. […]