As a denomination, we have designated every fourth Sunday in September: Abuse Awareness Sunday. We invite every congregation to plan their worship service, litany, and sermon/message around the theme of abuse awareness.
This Network article shares a variety of resources for Abuse Awareness Sunday 2021 "Safe Church Ministry: Not Just a Policy, a Way of Being the Church." It includes a sermon starter, prayers and song suggestions along with ideas for moving beyond policy to become a safer church.
The 2021 theme for Abuse Awareness Sunday is "Safe Church Ministry: Not just a Policy, a Way of Being the Church". Most of us think of windows in doors and abuse prevention policies when we think about Safe Church. While these are certainly helpful, we would like to invite churches to imagine a more holistic approach to nurturing a safe and healthy church community where abuse itself becomes unthinkable and where survivors feel supported and safe. This bulletin insert provides some ideas for reflection and consideration to move beyond policies to a way of being church.