Safe Sanctuary

Children are full participants in the life of our church and in the realm of God.  God calls us to make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons from abuse.  He also calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong.  The First United Methodist Church of Saline is a Safe Sanctuary church.  This means we have a written policy supporting these goals.

Our Safe Sanctuary Policy spells out appropriate measures to be followed in our Children’s, Youth, and Friendship Ministries.  New staff and first-time volunteers are asked to complete a written application, interview with a ministry director, and take a class covering the precepts and procedures of our policy.  Classes are scheduled from time to time and special sessions can be held on demand.

Our policy requires staff and volunteers to retrain every three years.  Current workers who participated in the initial training class in 2013 are now due to retrain, and we have prepared an online video to meet this requirement.  Once you have watched the video, please download and review the policy document.  It is continuously updated and now includes the new Youthful Volunteer and Electronic Communications Guidelines.  Finally, download, print, and complete the reaffirmation form and submit it with a copy of your driver’s license to the church office.

To view our Safe Sanctuary Refresh Training video now, please click here.

The latest revision of the formal policy document is available for download here.

To download the Covenant of Participation Reaffirmation form, please click here.

Individuals with known, severe allergies are likely to have been prescribed an EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector.  Ministry workers may need to assist in the use of an EpiPen.  Please take a few minutes and review when and how to use an EpiPen.