Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults.
"Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God."
As Christians, we must take responsibilities to our children, youth and vulnerable adults very seriously, always attending to their spiritual growth and nurturing.
The 1996 General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a resolution aimed at reducing risk of child abuse in the church.
The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church state that “children must be protected from economic, physical, emotional and sexual exploitation and abuse” (¶162C)
We as members of the community of faith, are called to remember the pledge made as each child is baptized. Remembering that, we are called to make the church safe and holy place where children will be confirmed and strengthened in their faith.
Our church assure families that abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults will NOT be tolerated or ignored in the community of faith.
Jesus also said "As for whoever causes these little ones who believe in me to trip and all into sin, it would be better for them to have a huge stone hung around their necks and be drowned in the bottom of the lake" (Matthew 18:6)
•The two- Adult Rule .- Requires two adults present at all times during any church-sponsored program, event or ministry involving children, youth or vulnerable adults.
•First Aid/CPR training
•Annual Orientation for Workers
•The Five Years Older Rule
•No Workers (volunteers) under the Age of Eighteen.
•Windows in all Classroom Doors
•Advance Notice to Parents
•Participation Covenant for All Participants and Leaders