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November 2013

"I am grateful for the things that you have done. Yes, I am grateful for the victories we’ve won. I could go on and on and on about your works because I’m grateful, grateful, so grateful just to praise you Lord. Flowing from my heart are the issues of my heart, it is gratefulness. Grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful! Gratefulness is flowing from my heart. Flowing from my heart are the issues of my heart. It is gratefulness!" These are the lyrics from the song called, "Grateful" by Hezekiah Walker. As we are all hopefully blessed to see yet another Thanksgiving, we need to ask ourselves what issues are flowing from our hearts?

Are we counting our blessings or are we just dwelling on the negatives in our personal, professional and church lives. Are we spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and all the good news about God’s bountiful blessings or negative gossip? In the midst of challenges that we face in our lives and our church life, it is my hope and prayer that we would continue to focus on and count our blessings. Why? It is because God has been so good to all of us. Yes, there are stumbling blocks along the way but gratefulness should flow from our hearts. Why? It is because we know that even in the midst of the stumbling blocks, God is with us. I hope that you let gratefulness flow from your heart and from the words of your mouth instead of anything else that registers in the realm of negativity.

I am personally grateful and thankful not only to God but to all of you as well. Both churches have experienced major change and restructuring, yet even in this situation many of you have stayed the course and persevered. You have been faithful in your attendance, your giving, your participation, and most importantly, your prayers. God has seen your faithfulness and has heard your prayers. He has blessed both Simpson UMC and Christ UMC and will continue to do so especially as we continue to lift up the name of Jesus inside and outside of the walls of our buildings. I feel like the Apostle Paul as he wrote to the Thessalonians. I will end this letter with this passage of scripture and my deep gratitude not only for my personal family and friends but also to you, my church family and friends.

Second Thessalonians 1:2-4, 11-12 reads like this,

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring. To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."

Love Ya!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! Please remember our sick and shut-ins!!!!

Be Encouraged In Jesus!!!

Pastor Darlene Robinson

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Child Protection Policy - Safe Sanctuaries





CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Last Updated : October 2010
Last Reviewed : September 2014


 

“People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them ‘Let the children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.’” (Mark 10:13-16)

This incident from the ministry of Jesus speaks of the value our Lord placed on children and the example of faith that they provide for the rest of us. As followers of Jesus, we understand that children/youth are inherently valuable members of Christ’s community. Jesus highlighted not only the faith and openness of children, but also their vulnerability. This vulnerability puts children at risk, but it also places them close to God. Their dependence on God may be what Jesus was trying to get his disciples to see as a model for their own faith. This vulnerability and dependence makes the protection and support of the community of faith even more important. Jesus was teaching that, within the community of believers, there must be protection for each of us in our dependence on God and on each other.

As followers of Christ, we resolve to protect children in their vulnerability and also to learn from them as we all grow in the faith. Our culture appears to be experiencing an increase in the incidence of child abuse and neglect. As much as we do not like to think about abusive and hurtful things happening in the church, it is clear that it is our duty as the Church to guard and protect the children, youth, church staff and volunteers who participate in our ministries.

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church, in April 1996, adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in the church. The adopted resolution includes the following statement:

“Our Christian faith calls us to offer both hospitality and protection to the little ones, the children. The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church state that ‘. . . children must be protected from economic, physical and sexual exploitation, and abuse.’

Tragically, churches have not always been safe places for children. Child sexual abuse, exploitation and ritual abuse . . . occur in churches, both large and small, urban and rural. The problem cuts across all economic, cultural and racial lines. It is real, and it appears to be increasing. Most annual conferences can cite specific incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation in their churches. Virtually every congregation has among its members adult survivors of early sexual trauma. Such incidents are devastating to all who are involved: the child, the family, the local church and its leaders. Increasingly, churches are torn apart by the legal, emotional, and monetary consequences of litigation following allegations of abuse.

God calls us to make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons from sexual and ritual abuse. God calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong.” (From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church -- 1996. pp. 384-386.) Since the 1996 General Conference, every annual conference in the U.S. has reported at least one incident of child abuse. Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, we adopt this policy for the prevention of child abuse in our church.
 

Click the links below to access the policy and forms (all require Adobe PDF reader available here):

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY COVER SHEET

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

APPLICATION TO WORK/VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN AND/OR YOUTH

EVENT PERMISSION FORM

INCIDENT REPORT

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

TRANSPORTATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

SUSPECTED INCIDENT OF CHILD ABUSE

WRITTEN RECORD OF CONTACT WITH A REFERENCE

NURSERY LOG

TRAINING SLIDES

 

All completed forms should be turned into the church office for retention for a minimum of three (3) years.