Safe Sanctuaries Training

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Recent news has made us all too aware of the potential for abuse of the precious children and youth that God has entrusted to the care of the churches. In response, the United Methodist Church has taken steps aimed at reducing the potential for child abuse in the church, including a resolution that calls on United Methodist churches to welcome children and make our churches safe places for children to grow and learn. Bethesda UMC takes this responsibility seriously and has adopted a Safe Sanctuaries policy to establish procedures for recruiting and training leaders, overseeing church programs for children and youth, protecting volunteers from false accusations, and having a plan in place to respond to allegations of abuse. Our church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy applies to all volunteers, paid church staff and clergy who work with children or youth in church-sponsored programs.