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Circle of Grace


Circle of Grace is a Christian safe environment curriculum that helps to form and educate children and youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others.

The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.

Curriculum objectives:   Children/young people will be able to ...

  1. understand they are created by God and live in God's love along with the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
  2. describe the Circle of Grace which God gives each of us.
  3. identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries.
  4. identify all types of boundary violations.
  5. demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated.

Supplement your current Sunday School or school curriculum with Circle of Grace. Lessons are self-contained and grade specific, with 14 age-appropriate lessons each year for children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. The curriculum is available in English and Spanish. The Curriculum Overview shows the concepts taught and the activities and exercises utilized. The curriculum is provided on CDs, including a training CD, and can be customized to your church or school.

The Circle of Grace Meditation

Raising your hands above your head
and then bring your arms slowly down
keeping them outstretched.
Extending your arms in front of you
and then behind you
embracing all of the space around you
knowing that God is in this space with you.
Then slowly reach down to your feet.
This is your Circle of Grace.
You are in it.

Read stories and testimonials from faith communities using Circle of Grace

Newspaper article in Lancaster (PA) newspaper

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you are from a Mennonite Church USA congregation or school, click here to learn more and to request your FREE copy of Circle of Grace.

If you are from any other Christian congregation or entity, click here to learn more about receiving a copy of Circle of Grace.

The Archdiocese of Omaha holds the copyright for Circle of Grace.