Safe Sanctuaries


Missouri United Methodists affirm that all children, youth and vulnerable adults have the right to safe sanctuary. Therefore, Missouri United Methodists are determined to provide an environment in which these persons are safe from neglect or abuse. The provision of safe sanctuary applies to all staff and volunteers, clergy or lay, who have direct or indirect contact with children or youth in conference and/or district sponsored events. The Safe Sanctuaries Certification Authority along with the Missouri Conference Mission Council is responsible for the Safe Sanctuaries policy and procedures. Each conference and/or district ministry involving children, youth, or vulnerable adults follows these policy and procedures.
 
To begin your Safe Sanctuaries certification process, please contact your Local Church Authority at your church to begin the process.  If you have any questions, please contact our Safe Sanctuaries office.

Contact information
Safe Sanctuaries Office
3601 Amron Court
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone 573-441-1770
Toll-free 1-877-736-1806
E-mail Safe Sanctuaries
 
The Safe Sanctuaries program is processes developed to train and certify persons as safe workers with children and youth in Missouri Conference ministries. The policies were adopted in 1999, in response to God's call to welcome all children and to protect them from the devastating effects of child abuse.
 
To learn more about Safe Sanctuaries, please visit their website.
 

Social Media, Blogging and Other Cyber Protocol

Social Media (Facebook, Instragram, Twitter, etc...) is a means by which to continue intentional faith development.  Social Media will serve as an extra avenue for communication by Missouri United Methodist Camping and Retreat Ministries and it's facilities as long as it is not abused or misused and continues to follow Safe Sanctuaries guidelines.