Safe Sanctuary

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church, in April 1996, adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse and other abuse in its churches.

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

Jesus also 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 make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons from abuse.  God also calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong.  The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church state that “children must be protected from economic, physical, emotional and sexual exploitation and abuse” (para.162C).  Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, Friendship United Methodist Church has adopted a comprehensive policy for the prevention of child abuse in our church.  To see the full policy, please click below.

Safe Sanctuary Policy

What can we do?

To make Friendship a truly safe sanctuary for everyone, we all must be involved. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we should always be looking out for one another, especially those least able to protect themselves.  Anyone can and should talk to a Safe Sanctuary Team member  or the pastor immediately if he or she is uncomfortable with how a child is being supervised or treated.  Together, we can keep Friendship a loving and safe community for all of God’s children.

A word about compliance…

Every adult age 18 and older must be Safe Sanctuary compliant before working or volunteering with the children and youth of Friendship United Methodist Church.  To learn about becoming compliant, please contact the Safe Sanctuary Team.

A background check will be required before working with and volunteering with children and youth in any ministry.

Sunday Worship Schedule

In-Person Service 8:30 - 9:30am
Sunday School 9:45 - 10:45am
In-Person Service 11:00am - 12:00pm