As part of his public ministry, Jesus committed the then-radical act of welcoming children. Churches today want to bless the children as Jesus did. We extend invitations to children and youth, but we also face the tragic reality that abuse of children and youth occurs in our community. To help churches reduce the risk of abuse, "Safe Sanctuaries" through the United Methodist Church provides guidance for developing policies and procedures to make our church a safe place for children, youth and vulnerable adults.
Here at Halifax United Methodist Church, we have a "Safe Sanctuaries" policy in place. Our staff and volunteers must go through a screening process, including background checks and training, before they are able to interact in a leadership role with the children, youth or vulnerable adults. If you have any questions concerning this policy, please call the Church Office.