KEEPING CHILDREN & YOUTH SAFE

AUGUST 10th


A bestselling author, a cyber privacy for youth expert, and community leaders provide practical, everyday tips on keeping children and youth safe, whether online, at school or in the community. This is the fifth program in the “Where Is God When Life Happens?” series, which are jointly sponsored by twelve churches.


This program will be on Wednesday, August 10th from 5:30– 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish (404 9th Street) The event includes free refreshments, music, and programming for the whole family, age 5 and older! There is plenty of nearby parking on the UA campus after 4:30 p.m. There will be speakers throughout the evening so come when you can. For more information, please visit facebook.com/WhenLifeHappensTuscaloosa


The thirteen churches, including First Presbyterian, hosting and presenting these programs include numerous denominations. These programs are one of the best opportunities for our diverse faith community to join together in fellowship, friendship. and wonderful programming. Plus, they’re fun!


We joined together in 2017 to present information about practical problems many face and to show that churches and faith are a source of strength and support for us all in facing such challenges. We have built community, communication and friendships. The churches include

Brown Memorial Presbyterian, Canterbury Episcopal, Christ Episcopal, First African Baptist, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, Grace Presbyterian, Hunter Chapel AME Zion, Merge Baptist Church,  New Covenant Baptist, St Francis of Assisi Parish, St Mark’s AME, and Tabernacle AME Zion.

 

Our programs have been on

  • Addiction and Recovery (2018)
  • Helping Special Needs Individuals (2018)
  • Cops and Stops: What to do so that Everyone Stays Safe” (2018)
  • Hope and Help: Alzheimer’s and Dementia (2020)
  • Keeping Children and Youth Safe (Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 5 – 7 PM)
  • Racial and Social Justice (Tentative program in 2023)

Our programs are held on Wednesday nights, 5-7 PM. About 300-350 individuals have attended each program. Our churches take turns hosting so that we get to be in each other’s church homes. We have a meal together. Programming is for all ages, with experts as speakers and organizers. We prepared highly informative Resource packets on the topic of the night containing contacts for community resources regarding the topic of the night.  In the surveys taken at the conclusion of the programs, attendees have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, with 98% saying the program met or exceeded their expectations and that they would like to attend more such programs. Lots of future topics have been suggested by attendees.