Jesus said, “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” (Matthew 18:5) Our Christian faith calls us to offer both hospitality and protection to children. We believe that children are our gifts from a loving God to whom they belong. They are entrusted to parents, teachers, and other caring adults who are called to nurture and protect them. Providing a safe place for our children and youth is one of the most important ways in which we welcome children among us in the church.
Adoption of the “Safe Sanctuary” Policy by Peace Lutheran Church is indicative of our commitment to create a community of faith where children and adults are able to grow in faith, love, and obedience to their Lord Jesus Christ.
This policy covers selection, background checks (both Federal and State), and supervision of all Child Ministry Workers (adults and youth volunteers, full-time or part-time, compensated or volunteer, who work with minors on a regular and frequent basis) and Child Ministry Volunteers (members who volunteer occasionally for one-time events). Peace observes the “Two Adult Rule” requiring two adult supervisors be present during activities involving minors.
All Child Care Workers and Volunteers are required to complete the Safe Sanctuary training program prior to beginning work with minors.