Safe Sanctuaries. Whitnel United Methodist Church 2013-. Child / Youth Protection Policy. â€œThen he Jesus put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, â€˜Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me.â€™â€ Mark 9: 36-37 PURPOSE
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Whitnel United Methodist Church
“Then he Jesus put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,
‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me.’”
Mark 9: 36-37
Our congregation’s purpose for establishing this Children and Youth Abuse Prevention Policy and accompanying procedures is to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical/emotional safety and spiritual growth of all our children and youth.
As a Christian community of faith and a United Methodist congregation, we pledge to:
In all of our ministries with children and youth, this congregation is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ so that each child and youth will be “…surrounded by steadfast love… established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.”
(from “Congregational Pledge 2”, “Baptismal Covenant II”, in the United Methodist Hymnal, p. 44).
The Response Team is to determine their operating procedures and elect a Coordinator and a Spokesperson from the members of the team.
The congregation of Whitnel United Methodist Church is committed to providing a safe, secure environment for all children/youth and all adults who work with them in ministries sponsored by the church. Our policy statement reflects our congregation’s commitments to preserving this church as a holy place of safety, a place of protection, and a place where all people can experience the love of God through relationships with others.