Safe Church Policy Statement
The vision of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is to be a growing church that is spiritually alive to God and actively caring for others.
In keeping with that vision, the congregation of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children, youth, and adults who participate in ministries and activities sponsored by the church. The Safe Church Policy reflects our congregation’s commitment to preserving this church as a safe sanctuary for all who enter and as a place in which all people can experience the love of God through relationships with others.
Why This Policy?
As members of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, we wish to create an environment in which everyone can grow in their understanding of and relationship to God. We especially wish to support our children, youth, and volunteers in this endeavor.
From our pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steve Harrington
Our congregation is committed to providing a safe environment where children, youth, and adults can grow in their relationship with God. To this end, The Safe Church Program was introduced at SVPC in 2009.
The purpose of the Safe Church Program is to create a safe sanctuary where all of God’s children can experience the love of Jesus Christ through relationships with others. We believe that effective ministry for everyone, but especially children and youth, requires relationships with caring, loving, and mature people who can demonstrate God’s love to them. The Safe Church policies and procedures are intended to keep these relationships and all aspects of ministries with children and youth safe. They are also designed to support the staff and volunteers who work with children and youth, providing appropriate guidelines, boundaries, and support that they need to be effective in their roles.
Creating a safe environment is not just the responsibility of those directly involved in ministry activities; it is the responsibility of the entire congregation. By fostering awareness of appropriate behaviors in the presence of our children and youth, we will witness and practice Christian love and respect for one another. Over 350 adult and teen volunteers and staff members have been trained in the Safe Church Program. Almost 200 volunteers have been certified as Safe Church Volunteers and this number grows ever day. I’m very proud of the way in which our congregation has embraced and supported this program.
I am thankful that our church is so committed to helping children and youth discover God’s enduring and amazing love. Thank you for your continued support in making our church a safe and nurturing place for all of God’s children.
Grace and peace,
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