Junior Choir 9:30; Children’s Chapel
Godly Play, Firelight classes 10:30
CORI and Safe Church Training: Our Community’s Lenten Discipline
Our important work on the Community’s Lenten discipline of making
Grace Church safe for all children, and all that teach them, has begun!
Letters will be sent out today to those of you who work with children
at Grace, and to all members of the Vestry, giving you the link to the
Safe Church website so that you can complete the online training.
I think a fear all of us have, although we might feel foolish
admitting it, is that learning about harm that can come to our children
somehow invites that harm. It is only human to want to shy away from
evil in the world, to avoid engaging even with the possibility that it
might happen. But in reality, the training helps you to be an
empowered, informed protector of children, not only here at Grace, but
in any situation where children might be at risk. It familiarizes you
with the potential risks, helps you to recognize them and how to respond
if they occur, and gives everyone who takes it a common resource of
information on a difficult subject.
It is also very good training. It tackles the subject with simplicity
and clarity, giving you short videos to watch, and then asking you
questions about what happened. The three sections can be taken one by
one, and I completed each section in about 45 minutes. I know that of
all the resources you offer to Grace, time is one of the most valuable.
I hope that you will all feel that the time you spent completing this
training was valuable to you, and to the safety of all God’s children.
Grace Church is growing, and a number of our newcomers have babies and
toddlers, so we have hired a second childcare provider to work with
Katey. Her name is Sandra Lee, and she came to us through Bostons Best
Babysitters, an excellent agency in Boston which provides vetted
babysitters for institutions and families. As from this Sunday, in
keeping with longstanding Grace Church policy, Sandra and Katey will
remain in the room until 12:30 pm, and parents or grandparents are asked
to come and collect their children during the announcements if they
wish them to receive communion, or to collect them after church.
Nursery childcare will be provided throughout the service, and
continuing until 12.30 pm, so that parents of our youngest children can
even have a moment to themselves for a cup of coffee and a chat!
Common Cathedral Experience Shared at Grace Discussion Group
And finally, one more huge thank you to Dylan, Ellen, and Jonah, our
three Middle Schoolers, who, along with Andree Saulnier, gave such a
wonderful account of their visit to Common Cathedral. It was so moving
to hear how they had been affected by the experience of standing out in
the freezing cold, serving sandwiches, and participating in worship, in
solidarity with the homeless community of Common Cathedral. I was moved
by their awareness that some people would have liked cheese sandwiches,
(Margaret pointed out that many homeless people have dental problems
and can’t eat ham) and that perhaps they could have offered warm food on
such a cold day – the hot cocoa provided apparently soon ran out. I
really hope that they will have another chance to visit, to continue
offering real and spiritual food, and to continue learning about those
in our community who are homeless. I also give thanks for all the
adults who made this visit possible; Andree Saulnier and Jonathan Downs,
Lissa Conn, and Sally Dunning.