Circle of Grace is a safe environment program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. The program serves the dual purpose of educating and informing youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others.
Through the Circle of Grace program, adults assist children and youth to recognize that each of us lives within a Circle of Grace that holds our very essence in body, mind, heart, soul, and sexuality. Through the Circle of Grace program, children and youth are taught to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated. This holistic concept allows children and youth to identify uncomfortable situations long before any inappropriate touch may occur. Those who molest children start to groom them by manipulation and secrecy. Circle of Grace helps children and youth to identify early on when they are uncomfortable with a situation and includes ways to seek the help of a trusted adult.
The program is self-contained for each grade with everything needed to teach the material. The Circle of Grace K-12 Program goals and objectives are met in all grades. Circle of Grace is clinically sound and grounded in the Christian tradition. Its strong parent component means parents can actively participate in their children’s education and formation.
Curriculum objectives: Children/young people will be able to…
- Understand they are created by God and live in God’s love along with the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
- Describe the Circle of Grace which God gives each of us.
- Identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries.
- Identify all types of boundary violations.
- Demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated.
If you have any questions or concerns about this program, contact Ruth Boehm at the church, 519-326-6391