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Safe Church Programs in NW Texas
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SAFEGUARDING PROGRAMS

 

The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment where, by God's grace, the full work of the Church can be carried out. Sexual misconduct on the part of any clergyperson, employee, or volunteer of any congregation, institution, organization, school or agency within the diocese violates the mission of the Church, is prohibited, and will not be tolerated.

SAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN

In 2006, the Diocese of Northwest Texas developed and published The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse.  Likewise, Church Pension Group developed a program entitled Safeguarding God's Children, designed specifically for The Episcopal Church and its entities. The purpose of the program is to bring awareness to individuals and groups within the Episcopal Church in the area of child sexual abuse. 

SAFEGUARDING GOD'S PEOPLE

 Safeguarding God's People teaches how exploitation and harassment occur, the awareness we need to prevent such occurrences, and - should exploitation or harassment occur - how to respond.  

Originally these programs were only designed for use in a classroom setting through the use of video tapes or DVDs, and materials designed for use by a trained facilitator. Eventually online programs were developed in an effort to make the program as accessible as possible, especially to those in remote areas. 

Please click on the Safeguarding Online link under this category for more information on how to access these classes.

We all live in areas that are subject to natural disasters. Earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods…take your pick. We also know the potential for human-initiated disasters such as hazardous material spills or terrorism, and of the increasing dangers of pandemic diseases. Prudent stewardship of the resources of the Church requires that we be prepared for such events. We also owe it to the communities in which we live to provide assistance in the event of a disaster to those affected by it. We can only do that and be able to live out our Christian obligations if we have prepared ourselves and all our Episcopal institutions to withstand the effects of a disaster.

 

 

In 2014, The Diocese of Northwest Texas formed a Disaster Preparedness Committee to begin work on Episcopal Relief and Development’s (ERD) new project, The Episcopal Asset Map, and to bring awareness to the topic of disaster preparedness in Northwest Texas. The Episcopal Asset Map pictured below shows the parishes, schools, and the Bishop’s offices located in the Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana area. The black rectangle shows the parishes and schools in the Diocese of Northwest Texas. Click in the black rectangle to view the diocesan map on the ERD website.

 

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Work has begun to encourage every parish to complete their parish asset map. The Episcopal Asset Map is meant to connect people – both within the Church and in the broader community – to the abundance of gifts represented by The Episcopal Church, and thereby promote the sharing of ideas and information.

The map is a powerful tool that allows you to see not only what is happening around our diocese, but also what is going on in neighboring dioceses in and around the Church. The map can help you build networks with people interested and involved in similar ministries so you may share ideas and strategies, or it can be a jumping off point for entirely new directions. In times of disaster or emergency, the map will serve as a framework for assessment and response, showing a disaster’s impact and how local bodies are responding. At all times, the map can serve as a platform to connect and inspire.

A survey is available in .pdf format and online to help a leader with completion of the parish or institution map. After the survey is completed it must be approved by the diocesan coordinator before the information is added to a parish or institution site.

The online survey may be located by clicking on the location of a parish or institution on the map.

Download the survey

For assistance or questions about the map, please contact one of the following members of the Diocesan Disaster Committee who have been designated to assist with map completion:

Elizabeth Thames – Diocesan Disaster Coordinator, Director of Communications & HR, Diocese of NW Texas

Deacon Paige McKay – Registrar, Chaplain, and Disaster Coordinator for All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock

Justin Sanders – Disaster Coordinator,  Grace Episcopal Church, Vernon

If you are a parish disaster coordinator and would like to work with your parish leadership on the creation of a disaster plan, the following document will be helpful. It may be downloaded and printed, or completed digitally. Please be sure to consult with your parish leadership and/or clergy before you begin any work!

Parish Disaster Plan

When a major disaster strikes, each community’s leadership will be overwhelmed and will be relying on prepared citizens and institutions to assist. Another aspect of ERD’s plan is making sure we connect with the local municipal administration, fire, and police departments, and with other organizations that will be active after a disaster. As you develop the Plan, you will be encouraged to introduce yourselves to the local authorities and to inform them that you are making the effort to get prepared so that you will be able to assist following an event and to get active in your local VOAD (Volunteer Agencies Assisting in Disasters). You will also find that they have suggestions and opportunities that will be of real value.

Additional Disaster resources are available for download and use on Resources wepage of ERD's website. Scroll down to view the disaster resources.

1 Corinthians, 12:4-7

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

 

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Are there ECW Chapters in Northwest Texas?

Currently the following parishes in Northwest Texas have active womens' groups affiliated with ECW:

In Coleman -

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

In Lubbock - 

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church 

St. Paul's on the Plains Episcopal Church

In Midland - 

St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church

In Odessa -

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

In Pampa - 

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Diocesan ECW officers are listed at the bottom of the page with email links.

For more information about our diocesan ECW groups, please contact the parish by clicking on the parish name; contact the current diocesan ECW President, Nancy McReynolds, at nmcreynolds@suddenlink.net; or contact the Provincial ECW President, JoAnn Rachele, also from Northwest Texas, at joannrachele@msn.com.

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About The ECW President's Cross

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The ECW President’s Cross in the Diocese of Northwest Texas has been worn by every president since the 1940’s. The retiring president gives it to the new president at her installation. It is a simple gold cross marked on the back “W.A.” for Women’s Auxiliary, which is what the Episcopal Churchwomen was called until the 1970’s.

Upon her retirement, each former president receives a replica of the cross, which has been custom made by an Abilene jeweler from gold jewelry of ECW members.

As stated by former president, Terry Jolliff, “...my wonder at the symbolism of this piece of jewelry has never left me. I think of all the women before me who have dedicated years of their lives to ECW, and I think of the women who gave up treasures so the cross I receive could be forged. I see continuity of ECW, a blessing of our past and hope for our future.”

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 The Episcopal Church Women Prayer

ecw logo borderAlmighty God, we pray that you will bless our work in mission and ministry in the world. Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through your son Jesus Christ. Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future. Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world. Amen 

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