Policy and Procedure of First Mennonite Church
on Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse
According to our Anabaptist understanding of biblical faith and what it means to be a faith community, we are to follow Christ in word and deed. We are called upon by Christ to act with integrity and love in all our relationships, and to avoid exploitation of vulnerable people or the use of positions of power within the institutions of the church or family for such gain.
First Mennonite Church recognizes that child sexual abuse is a serious problem in today’s world and an increasing problem facing churches. Sexual abuse can be physical, verbal, or non-verbal. The abuser can be an adult, an adolescent, or another child (providing there is age, power or knowledge imbalance between the children). For the safeguarding of our children, volunteers, and staff we will work at preventing child sexual abuse through the guidelines outlined in our Safe Church Policy.
The goal is to reduce risk in the following ways:
The full text of First Mennonite Church's Safe Church Policy can be requested to the church office by email. Hard copies are also available at the church office.
Safe Church Forms: