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Making our places of worship safe for people of all ages, especially children, should be a priority for all Ohio Conference congregations. Below are some resources for congregations working at this important area of congregational life.

MCC Safe Sanctuary

Mennonite Central Committee provides information for congregations working at developing Safe Sanctuary policies:

For more information, you can order the packet Making Your Sanctuary Safe from Mennonite Central Committee.

Dove’s Nest also has information on child protection and sample policies for congregations.

Sample Policies

Below are some resources developed by Martins Mennonite Church in Orrville. Feel free to adapt them for use in your congregation:

Martins – Safe Sanctuary Abuse and Safety Policy
Emergency Medical Authorization Form
Photo Permission Form/Youth Program Health and Release Form
Registration/Medical Form for Special Events
Youth Code of Conduct

Several congregations have shared their child protection policies with the Conference. Take a look at the policies below:

Beaverdam Mennonite Church
Beaverdam Mennonite Church – Volunteer Brochure
Bethel Mennonite Church
Wooster Mennonite Church

Of course, developing a child protection policy for your congregation is only the first step. To be effective, the policy must be implemented. Kris Nussbaum of Kidron Mennonite Church reflects on how the Kidron congregation uses its Child Protection Policy in a recent article.

Conference seeks examples of best practices
How has your congregation worked at the issue of abuse prevention? The Conference would like to gather examples of best practices in this important area of congregational life. To share your congregation’s best practices, contact Ann Leaman, conference editor, at ohioevangel@gmail.com.

 Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about child protection policies, feel free to contact one of the people in Ohio Conference working with this issue:

Randy Murray – randy.murray50@aol.com
Tara Steiner – tara.michelle.steiner@gmail.com
Kris Nussbaum – kris@kidronmennonite.com