Plymouth is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all people, especially children.
We believe that a journey of faith is greatly enhanced when it is an intergenerational experience, and so we gladly welcome people of all ages to our times of worship, learning, and fellowship. We know that Jesus had a special place in his heart for those among us who are very young, saying, “Let the children come to me for to such belong the kingdom of heaven.” And so, as we reflect on in the covenant promises we make to one another in baptism, we promise to love, care for, teach, and nurture each other. As part of these covenant promises, we work very hard to make Plymouth a physically and emotionally safe environment for people of all ages. We seek to offer to all children the appropriate love and nurture they deserve and must have in order to thrive.
For the sake of the children, we have followed generally accepted “Safe Sanctuary” policies since 2005. These policies and procedures include:
- Every adult who works with children and youth in any way (e.g., church school teacher, helper, driver, work camp advisor, youth advisor, etc.) must have a criminal background check done.
- Every church school class, youth event, overnight retreat, car ride, etc. will provide appropriate supervision;
- All Sunday school rooms will be equipped with windows or open doors;
- a new person or persons to our congregation must be active with us for at least six months before they will be allowed to work with children or youth. Applications will be required and reference checks will be done;
- All workers must be at least five (5) years older than the children or youth they are working with;
- Mandatory training is held for all volunteers to empower them to recognize and report abuse;
- All workers will sign Covenant Statements regarding these policies and procedures.
A complete copy of our Safe Sanctuary policies and procedures is available upon request.
In addition, we follow general accepted practice that children under the age of 18 are not identified by name in any photographs used in social media or other media, without express written consent of the parent(s) and the child.