Covenant Church’s Policies on Safe Sanctuaries
Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a child….welcomes me. If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones…it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea.”(Matthew 18:5-6, NRSV). This biblical mandate is again affirmed each time we participate in a baptism of an infant or child.
We recognize again and reaffirm our responsibility to all of God’s children when we pledge, “With God’s help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ, that this child, surrounded with steadfast love, may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.” (Book of Worship, Baptismal Covenant, Congregational Pledge, 2).
We firmly believe we are called to offer hospitality and protection to those who cannot protect themselves. Safe Sanctuaries is the ministry within the United Methodist denomination that equips and enables ministry that is welcoming and safe for children, youth and vulnerable adults and all adults who are in ministry to them. We are intentional about our ministries to children and youth and take special care to provide safe, loving places for all of God’s children to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Copies of Covenant Church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy are available upon request.
All adults who would like to serve in any type of ministry with children or youth are required to submit an application and offer themselves for a national criminal background check.
- If you are 18 or over you must complete an application and background screening. To obtain an application and consent for background screening, please contact Ms. Laura Danford, Director of Children’s Ministries, or Rev. Kirk LeJeune, Pastor of Youth and Missions**.
**Please note that your personal information is kept confidential. Your social security number is required for the background screening and is viewed ONLY by the company completing the screening and is not viewed by any individuals at our church.
- If you are under 18, you much complete the Student Volunteer Covenant. Please print and turn in to the coordinator of the activity you are participating in. Click here to print the Student Covenant