Sacred safety helps create an environment where young people can explore their spiritual identity and potential without threat of harm. It includes the resources, practices, policies and procedures that reduce the possibility of dangerous situations, injury or loss.
We have created a dynamic and caring environment where young people can safely explore their Christ-nature and express their full potential. Our programs promote spiritual growth, physical and emotional health, and positive self-esteem in our young people.
- All staff and volunteers have undergone background checks.
- Our nursery and classrooms are staffed with volunteers 15 minutes prior to the start of the adult Sunday service.
- Toys are removed from the nursery or classroom if they are broken or have developed sharp points.
- All parents/guardians are required to sign their children in their classrooms (infants through 5th grade) each Sunday and have a current registration form on file with the Youth Education Office.
- When parents are relaxed and positive about leaving their child in the nursery or a classroom, the child is reassured. Parents are encouraged to arrive early so that your child does not feel rushed.
- Parents are encouraged to share any ideas or tips for your child’s happiness with a volunteer in the room.
- We do not leave children to “cry it out” for more than 10 minutes. We will do everything in our power to comfort a crying child, however after 10 minutes a parent will be paged via the power point screen in the Sanctuary.
- At the conclusion of the adult Sunday service, all classes enter the Sanctuary to receive a blessing and sing the closing song.
- Once the Sunday service has ended the children are guided back to their classrooms and parents/guardians are required to pick them up immediately following the service and to sign them out.
In an effort to keep our classrooms as clean and hygienic as possible, we follow these health guidelines:
- No child who has a fever, diarrhea or vomiting within 24 hours should be brought to a classroom or nursery
- No child with excessive coughing, sneezing or runny nose should be brought to a classroom or nursery
- No child with any contagious virus or infection should be brought to a classroom or nursery
- If a child becomes sick during their time in the classroom or nursery, they will be promptly removed from the other children while the parent is paged to pick up the child.
- Toys that have been put in a child’s mouth are removed from circulation until they can be washed.
- Crib sheets, blankets and changing pads are washed or replaced after they have been used.
- Children’s diapers are checked and changed when needed.
- Diaper changing guidelines are followed including using gloves for diaper changes as well as hand washing before and after each diaper change.