We are so encouraged by the churches that are making plans for virtual Sunday school and other gatherings for kids through Zoom or other platforms. We know it can overwhelm teachers and coordinators, but we’re here to help!
Many elements of Circle of Grace, a safe environment curriculum, translates very well for virtual Sunday school. You can introduce Circle of Grace for the first time this fall even if you’ve never used it before! (Go here if you need a license or email anna [at] dovesnest.net if you need help logging in to access your online curriculum.)
During this pandemic, children are at risk for online abuse, for suicidal ideation, and for mental health concerns. This fall is the time to prioritize this instruction for all ages. While we fully acknowledge that this curriculum cannot replace professional interventions, it is a wonderful reminder to children that God loves their entire selves and wants them to be safe—and that their Sunday school teachers and adults at their church care about their whole lives too!
Here’s a small goal to demonstrate your church’s priority of keeping children safe: introduce one or two lessons this fall virtually for each classroom, and then finish in the spring, perhaps during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. (The curriculum is completed in 1–4 lessons per year depending on the grade.)