The United Methodist Church has adopted a policy for the protection of children and youth involved in its ministries and for the protection of workers against frivolous accusations. This policy is known as the Safe Sanctuary policy. While each annual conference of the United Methodist Church has its own policy, it is up to the individual church to create its own policy within the guidelines of the policy of the Annual Conference. Anyone working with children or youth, or being involved in any children’s or youth ministry must be Safe Sanctuary certified. This is a two-step process.
- Applicants must complete and pass a criminal background check. This must be done on an annual basis.
- Applicants must be attend Safe Sanctuary training once a year. Usually the background check is done at the same time as training. FUMC offers its annual training usually in the late spring to early summer before children and youth ministries get to be in full swing. If you are unable to attend training, you can watch a training video online through the Texas Annual Conference. You may either read the policy, or watch the videos, then take a short test to complete your certification. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate that you can bring by the church office to place on file.
The Safe Sanctuary Policy of First United Methodist Church of Palestine, TX is available online by clicking the link below.