Safe Sanctuary

Our Safe Sanctuary Commitment

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a child…welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5).

God calls us to make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons while in our care. He calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong. (from The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church–2000, pp. 180-181.)

Community United Methodist Church’s leaders are committed to making our church a safe environment for children and those who work with them. We want our children, youth, and those discipling them to thrive as we all grow in grace.

It is the strong assumption of Community United Methodist Church and the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church that the great majority of workers with our children, youth, physically & mentally challenged, and vulnerable seniors within the conference are above reproach. In order to maintain this confidence, it is the official policy of Community United Methodist Church and the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church to have an annual Safe Sanctuary Disclosure Form on file for all staff and lay servants who work with our children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

In addition to the annual Safe Sanctuary Disclosure Form, the church requires a Criminal Background Check to be conducted once every five years.

For more detailed information and access to our forms, please visit the links below:

Community UMC’s Safe Sanctuary Cover Letter (revised 2016)

Community UMC’s Safe Sanctuary Policy (revised 2015)

Community UMC’s Safe Sanctuary Disclosure Form (revised 2015)

Community UMC’s Criminal Background Check Authorization Form (revised 2015)

The History and Basics of the UMC’s Safe Sanctuaries Initiative