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Trick or Treat — and Keep an Eye Out

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Halloween can be a magical night for children and youth. It’s the one day of the year when young people use their imagination to dress up as someone or someTHING else and fill their bags with treats! But as you invite the community in for trunk-or-treat or other Halloween-related activities, it’s important that your staff […]

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See Something? Say Something!

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Whether you call it your “sixth sense” or listening to your gut, you know when something doesn’t seem right. Your responsibilities put you in a good position to observe children and be alert to unusual changes in behavior or moods. Unfortunately, you may even see an adult acting irresponsibly with a child or youth under […]

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15-Year Anniversary of 9/11

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 was the 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and beyond. The day left us thinking about safety in general. As you enter your school, church, or organization, is safety on your mind? The nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 were nearly all adults, either workers in the Twin […]

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What Would You Do?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer at a camp and you are instructed to be there at 8 a.m. to be ready for the kids coming at 8:30 a.m. Your co-volunteer called to say she’s running late. Soon after, a mom pulls up to drop off her son early. You know from your training […]

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Say Yes to Pokemon GO

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Pokemon GO: It’s a gaming phenomenon like no other and currently, the most popular phone app in U.S. history. Many people are quick to dismiss the game, whether because of long-held ideas about Pokemon (a successful video game franchise from the 90s), or resistance to social media, technology, or kids using cell phones. But let’s […]

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4 Tips for Effective Leadership

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Some people are born leaders, and others work their entire lives to get there—but everyone can use some reminders about what it takes to be a good leader. Here are some tips for effective leadership: 1. Be a good listener. Open your ears to those around you. A good leader listens to ideas, feedback, and […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Is your church, school, or organization experiencing delays in your application processing? The delay could be something really simple. When people are applying for Safe Gatherings approval, they enter information about their references. However, an application will be delayed if this information is not correct. For example, if a reference email goes to the wrong […]

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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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