Protection Plan for Ministry
to Children and Youth
Jesus taught that children were to be included and cared for within the household of faith. At the time a child is baptized, the members of this congregation affirm their responsibility to provide that child with ongoing nurture and support. One way we do this is by providing a safe and secure environment in which children of all ages can learn and grow.
It is in this spirit that the Session appointed a Task Force to prepare a plan for ensuring the protection and safety of the children entrusted to our care. The result of their work is a Protection Plan for Ministry to Children and Youth, which took effect in January 2006.
The Protection Plan includes guidelines for nursery personnel, church school teachers, and youth workers, and covers issues such as teacher/student ratios, first aid, and discipline, as well as the prevention, recognition, and reporting of child abuse or neglect. All volunteer teachers and youth workers will be required to sign a statement, agreeing to comply with the new guidelines, and giving permission for the church to conduct a background check. The Church School Committee and ministers will conduct regular training session for all those who work with children and youth.
Copies of the Protection Plan are provided to all parents, caregivers, volunteers, and staff. They are available on the Great Hall tables and may also be obtained by contacting the church office.
"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.'"
- Matthew 19:14
"Truly I tell you… whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea."
- Matthew 18:4-6