A Message from Cathryn Marshall, Senior Warden
A couple months ago, a handful of parishioners went to Kalamazoo to take part in training sessions for Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People. The information shared was interspersed with videos and personal anecdotes from Fr. Randall’s experiences in a previous position in the Diocese of Chicago where he investigated clergy misconduct cases.
A major take away for me as your Senior Warden was to look at policies and procedures at St. John’s to be sure we are fully protecting our precious young people. I would like to remind all of you about these policies and procedures, some of which are new.
- All clergy, Vestry members, Godly Play volunteers, J2A volunteers, and nursery volunteers are required to be certified in Safeguarding God’s Children at least once every three years. Training sessions are held in the area at various times, but an online session is also available here. If you take the online session, be sure to print out the certificate and turn it in to the parish office.
- Young Children should not be left alone anywhere in our building. Our parish ethos is to be welcoming of children! If your child is having trouble occasionally sitting through the church service (no matter their age), they may move to the designated Soft-Space where they will find coloring books and quiet activities. We value their presence with us during worship and would like them to stay in the Nave if at all possible. The nursery downstairs is also available and staffed with our volunteers. However, our volunteers return to the Nave at 10:15am, If no children have arrived. If you find yourself in need of the nursery after 10:15am, you are welcome to stay in the nursery with your child and see the service on the TV live-stream.
- All activities for children shall be conducted with at least two unrelated adults, and will have an “open-door” policy, allowing parents to drop in at any time.
These policies not only protect our children, they also protect St. John’s from any liability or allegation.
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