May is Child Protection Month National Child Protection Week is 30 May to 6 June 2021 National Child Protection Week is marked annually to raise awareness for the rights of children. It aims to mobilise all sectors of society including the local Church to care for and protect children. Indicate your support to protect a child by wearing a green ribbon during Child Protection Week. www.gov.za/ChildProtectionWeek2021 Dear Pastors & Leaders, Warm greetings in the Grace & Peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from the DOLM team. This year Child Protection Week in South Africa is from the 30th of May to the 6th of June. We regularly read in our newspapers and hear on radio and tv broadcast of the increasing levels of abuse on our society today. Therefore, it is truly a sad reality that we must have a week that commemorates children and the need to protect them from all kinds of abuse. It is also a sobering reminder of the challenges that our children face. Some of these challenges that they should not be facing. This is a clarion call a of the responsibility and privilege that we as adults have to protect our children and not harm them. We are sure you have come across many individuals and organizations in your community tirelessly working to protect children. We want to encourage you to pray for them and if possible in some practical way take the opportunity to recognize them. Should you need some more information about Child Protection week and what others are doing I have included list of links for you to follow:
Become a Child Protection Ambassador, someone who upholds the rights of children, and wear a green ribbon. Turn your social media green (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Educate yourself on what is going on with child abuse in your area and find out who is involved and how you can help.
It is important that we all continue to raise awareness and our voices against abuse. We encourage you to wear a green ribbon for this period to highlight that we stand in solidarity and to remind us that there is hope.
Please join us for our first DOLM Online PRAYER MEETING. This meeting will focus on Child Protection. It will also be the launch of an ongoing monthly prayer meeting for Compassionate Care and related concerns. Please RSVP for the prayer meeting and indicate if you would like to be added to the prayer roster.
Date: Tuesday 1 June 2021
Time: 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Venue: Online Zoom Meeting
With one billion children living in poverty worldwide, international children’s charity Viva is calling on Christians to pray for children at risk during their World Weekend of Prayer from 5 & 6 June 2021.
The theme for Viva’s prayer weekend this year is Jesus’ words in in Matthew’s gospel, “I am with you always.”
Viva has produced a range of resources, including prayer postcards, a video and activities for all ages, to equip churches and individuals to pray for children at risk around the world.