By: Dianne Klafehn
We have changed our name. The Board of Directors made the decision to change our name. They wanted a name that would encourage congregations to think more broadly about the children they serve and expand their prevention efforts beyond their own children. We also want to provide greater clarity to the public about our identity as an organization. A vote was taken across the participating congregations and it was decided that Cherish ALL Children fit that need.
It’s a good thing, every now and then, to look again and be reminded of our mission: Cherish All Children is a national Lutheran ministry of prayer, education, relationship-building, and action to prevent child sexual exploitation.
As an organization, we empower, equip, and encourage congregations and leaders to get more deeply involved in prevention. We invite congregations to:
- Pray for children, ages birth to 25, within their congregation and beyond;
- Educate members about preventing child sexual abuse and exploitation;
- Build relationships with others in the community who also work on prevention;
- Be in action on behalf of children.
On our website www.cherishchildren.org you can add your name to the Wednesday Prayer. This offers thoughts and prayers around one of the upcoming Sunday’s lessons. Use them as you speak with God quietly and/or share them with your congregations during worship.
Also on our website is the E-Quipped for Prevention newsletter, you can find stories, resources, and ideas for moving this ministry forward in your congregation. You may also add your name to our E-Quipped mailing list, if you are not already on it.
For those who have not begun or are considering participation in this ministry and would like more information contact Dianne Klafehn, Cherish All Children Synod Leader for the Upstate New York Synod Women of the ELCA at 315-216-4416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being a partner in this ministry!