Because we believe that Jesus taught us to care for His children and youth, we commit our church to the practice of safe supervision. A Safe Sanctuary policy sets standards for the supervision of the children, youth, and vulnerable adults in our care. Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, we adopt policies for the prevention of neglect and abuse. Therefore, as Christian communities of faith and United Methodist congregations, we pledge to conduct the ministry of the gospel in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all children, youth, and vulnerable adults and those who minister to them.
All volunteers and staff participating in the church’s children and youth ministries are required to attend Safe Sanctuary training, produce a child abuse clearance report, and sign a Safe Sanctuaries volunteer covenant. Safe Sanctuary training sessions are scheduled periodically at the church.
Upcoming sessions will be posted here.
Here at Hempfield UMC, we adhere to the policy of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church regarding Safe Sanctuaries.
The complete policy is viewable here.
Safe Sanctuary Policy