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 boundary violations are threatened or violated. Along with a strong parent component, the program teaches children that God is with them at all times, especially in difficult situations.
Here is a summary of key Circle of Grace concepts:
God Gives Each of Us a Circle of Grace Where He is Always “Present”
- Raise your hands above your head, and then bring your outstretched arms slowly down.
- Extend your arms in front of you and then behind you.
- Embrace all of the space around you, knowing that God is in this space with you Slowly reach down to your feet.
- This is your Circle of Grace; you are in it.
God is “Present” Because He Desires a Relationship With Us
- God is with us when we are happy and sad. God does not cause bad things to happen to us. He loves us very much.
- He desires to help us when we are hurt, scared or confused (unsafe).
- Our faith’s greatest promise is not that faith gives us a perfect life, but knowing God is always “present,” especially during the difficult times.
God Helps Us Know What Belongs in Our Circle of Grace
- Our feelings help us know about ourselves and the world around us.
- God helps us know what belongs in our Circle of Grace by experiencing peace, love or contentment when something or someone good comes into our Circle of Grace.
God Helps Us Know What Does Not Belong in Our Circle of Grace
- God desires to help us when we are hurt, scared or confused (unsafe).
- The Holy Spirit prompts (alerts) us that something does not belong in our Circle of Grace by giving us “a funny or uncomfortable feeling” that something is not safe. This feeling is there because God wants us to be safe.
God Helps Us Know When to Ask for Help From Someone We Trust
- God gives us people in our lives to help us.
- God wants us to talk to trusted grownups about our worries, concerns or “funny/ uncomfortable feelings” so they can help us be safe.