Jesus said “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones…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 18:6). God calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong. Safe Sanctuaries is the name commonly given by United Methodist churches to their individual efforts to make conference, district, and local church programs welcoming and safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults. In covenant with other United Methodist congregations, Cornerstone United Methodist Church adopts the UMC Safe Sanctuaries policy for the prevention of child abuse in our church.
At Cornerstone United Methodist Church we believe that we must make every reasonable effort to protect the children, youth, and vulnerable adults who are in our care so that nothing damages their life, faith, or well-being. This is part of what it means to “so order our lives after the example of Christ that, surrounded by steadfast love, [each person] may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal” (UMC, Baptismal Covenant III).
While Cornerstone United Methodist Church cannot guarantee the safety of every person, we can be responsible for reducing and eliminating circumstances that can lead to harm or injury. Developing and implementing a Safe Sanctuaries policy is a first-step in protecting our young and most vulnerable.