“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Church leaders are often a beacon of support and information to their congregations, and churches are meant to be a safe place for all who enter. As the conversation of abuse grows throughout our nation it seems fitting that the church begins to take a larger voice in this conversation.
While child abuse occurs every day of the year, the month of April offers the opportunity to bring attention to this epidemic that occurs to 1 in 4 children in their lifetime and 1 in 7 children in the last year (Center for Disease Control). April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
CARE House of the Pee Dee, a non-profit children’s advocacy center, provides investigative services for local DSS and law enforcement, and therapeutic services to child victims. The CARE House and Central United Methodist Church are partnering to provide free training for clergy, paid staff. and volunteers on child abuse prevention. It is our hope that through combined efforts, we may insure the safety of children and youth, and ensure churches are prepared to prevent abuse and protect all the little children.
Please join us to learn more at this free training. Preregistration is required and materials and childcare will be provided.
Child care is available during this event.
Click here to register before March 30, 2019