Northwest NEWS

March 8, 1999

Valley Special

Tolt Church offers classes on safety for children and adults

   Children in 10 a.m. Sunday School classes at Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ in Carnation are studying ways to be safe from sexual abuse and assault. The classes began on February 28 and will continue through May.

   "Each year, over 100,000 young people are sexually assaulted in our country," said Sunday School Superintendent Kaila Russell. "Tolt Church is committed to being a community that cares for children, so we are providing this opportunity for families to learn more about how to prevent sexual assault."

   The curriculum being used in the classes for children, grades 1 to 12, was developed by the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence in Seattle especially for use in church school settings. Tolt Church will also hold meetings for adults in the next few months.

   "This is a program that teaches children about God's constant care, trains children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations, and teaches children about resources in our community and within our church to help children who have been hurt," Russell explains.

   Russell notes that children sometimes bring friends to Sunday school and that they are encouraged to continue doing so. "We want, however, that parents of visiting children be informed about the curriculum," said Russell.

   "We want everyone to feel welcome at Tolt Church," Pastor Jeff Spencer said. "Because of the sensitivity of the subjects being discussed, we also want parents to be informed."

   Parents who are interested in more information should call Pastor Spencer at 425-333-4254.