Volunteers are the heart and soul of Christian ministry and Gracekids is very appreciative of every person who makes ministry to children and parents possible. A person who desires to serve within Gracekids will need to be a regular attender for a minimum of six months and/or be a member or Grace Church of the Nazarene. In addition, all volunteers go through an application process, background check and Nazarene Safe training to prepare them for ministry and to provide a safe environment for our kids.
What is NazSafe? Nazarene Safe is a series of training videos and quizzes meant to help inform, teach, and certify all people working with children. It’s a way for volunteers to be aware of behavior that might indicate previous or current sexual or physical abuse to a child, and provide assistance in what to do if they suspect that abuse has occurred. It’s a way for all volunteers to be understanding of the 2 adults rule, in protecting themselves as well as children – and to be above reproach in their own behavior.
Will I be alone in a classroom with children? Our policy requires a minimum of 2 adults in a room with children. If the 2 adults are family members, then a third unrelated person will be scheduled.
If I volunteer to work with children, will I have to teach? In many cases, volunteers are an additional person to help with classroom management, care and safety. We hope that anyone who works with children has a passion for instructing and modeling Christian attitudes and values, but we understand that teaching is a different gift altogether.
Where do I go to complete the NazSafe training? Please go to MinistryOpportunities.org/GraceNazif you would like to complete the online training webinar and test. Once completed, our NazSafe coordinator will contact you about completing the sexual abuse awareness training.