Safe Sanctuary Policy

In all of our ministries with children, youth, and vulnerable adults, First-Centenary United Methodist Church is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ so that each person will be "... surrounded by steadfast love, established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal." (Baptismal Covenant II, United Methodist Hymnal, p. 44). Our Safe Sanctuary Policy demonstrates our commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children, youth, and vulnerable adults. As a United Methodist congregation, we pledge to reduce the risk of abuse to children, youth, and vulnerable adults, and to protect children youth, and vulnerable adults, as well as adult workers (either paid or volunteer) who interact with those children, youth, and vulnerable adults in any church activity. 1. We will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers. 2. We will implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events. 3. We will educate all of our workers with children, youth, and vulnerable adults regarding the use of appropriate policies and methods. 4. We will have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law.