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Safe Sanctuary

We are a Safe Sanctuaries congregation and are committed to the physical and emotional safety and well-being of all our children. Our goal is that every child will see the love of Jesus in each person who leads them in study and worship.


Before working with children or youth at SIUMC, our staff and volunteers commit to a background check and complete our Safe Sanctuaries training. Highlights of our Safe Sanctuary guidelines are as follows:

  • Volunteers must be an active member of the congregation for 6 months before volunteering with children, youth or at-risk adults.

  • SIUMC follows the “two adult” rule which requires two adults be present to care for children who are in or below 5th grade.

  • For youth 6th grade and above, one adult worker must be present, with an additional adult worker available to come in and out of the ministry space at unscheduled times.

  • Windows are present in doors, or doors remain open, where children and youth are present.

  • Classrooms and nursery spaces keep an “open door” policy and can be visited at any time by church staff, parents and workers.

  • Background checks are completed on staff and volunteers and are updated on a regular basis.

  • Additional guidelines apply for any off-site or overnight outings.

  • SIUMC staff and volunteers fall under a “mandatory reporting” policy and any allegations of abuse must be reported to SIUMC’s Child Protection Committee.

Any questions regarding our Safe Sanctuary policy can be referred to Michelle Johnson, Director of Education.

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