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Monday
Apr132009

what is your security philosophy?

there's a lot of conversation today around security programs for children at church. i love the conversation around the philosophy of implementing security programs. ivy beckwith's book, "postmodern children's ministry" really challenged my thinking about the ways in which security programs often break down community.  after reading her thoughts, i came to my own conclusion that when we offer a safe environment for our children at church - we actually encourage community by engaging our children in a faith experience free from emotional and physical danger.

i'm a volunteer at my own church First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights.  recently, we worked hard to evaluate and implement new security procedures. with the help of the willow creek association, we put together this video series to show our simple journey.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx_5GhkX86Q&feature=PlayList&p=C69184530D4B7122&index=0]

there's nothing fancy about our security - but i'm convinced that our children will have a fresh faith experience because of the secure environment we implemented.

what is your security philosophy?

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Reader Comments (2)

Well done, my friend! I was linked to youtube at some point and watched all 6 videos. What other helps will you be presenting in the future?

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Hi Sheila! Glad the videos were helpful to you!
Have you seen Ivy Beckwith's videos?
I think you especially would love those - they are centered around preschoolers in small groups!

Check them out and let me know what you think!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsMPATLzFwQ&feature=related

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramyedolan

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