New Life United Methodist Church (NLUMC) strives to provide a nurturing environment that promotes the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of all of God’s children.
The purpose of the Safe Sanctuary Guidelines of NLUMC is to provide procedures specifically designed to protect children/youth and other vulnerable persons, church staff and volunteers associated with the ministries of the church; as well as establish appropriate ways of responding to alleged, reported or suspected incidents of abuse.
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and Child Protective Services (CPS) receive more than 70,000 reports of child abuse each year. The majority of these reports were allegations of neglect and/or sexual abuse.
In April 1996, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in church facilities and/or during church sponsored activities. This resolution includes the following statement:
Our Christian faith calls us to offer both hospitality and protection to the little ones, the children. The Social Principals of the United Methodist Church state, “…children must be protected from economic, physical, and sexual exploitation and abuse.”
NLUMC is committed to the goal of providing a safe and secure environment for all people who participate in ministries and activities sponsored by the Church. These guidelines reflect our congregation’s goal of preserving NLUMC as a holy place of safety and protection for all who enter and as a place in which all people can experience the love of God through relationship with others.
Guidelines and Forms