Be ready to talk privately with participants who begin to describe situations at home that suggest a safety concern. Speak to your religious educator to ensure compliance with your congregation and state safety policies.
As children learn what it means for actions to express faith and beliefs, some may feel shame or guilt for times when they believe they have acted in ways that are not loving. Throughout the program, remember to speak about good choices versus bad choices, rather than good people and bad people. Frequently assure the group that everyone makes mistakes, and our faith encourages us to make things right again and try to make better choices in the future.
Aim to create a learning environment that reflects a community guided by love. Communicate that everyone is welcomed and honored. Model treating everyone fairly. Identify and praise actions you witness in the group that reflect love. Encourage children to resolve any conflicts by thinking about how they might be guided by love. Seek opportunities to help participants learn experientially to apply the program concepts to their own lives and choices.