Safe Church Policy
The purpose of the Safe Church Policy and Procedures for First Congregational Church in Chappaqua is to help the church implement and maintain a safe environment for children, youth, and adults that will help them participate freely in the church’s ministries and programs. It is our intent that all who enter this church shall feel welcome and experience the love of Jesus Christ.
Our objectives are to:
1. Protect children and youth. Our intent is to provide a safe environment for children to learn, grow, and experience God’s love. We believe that effective ministry for children and youth requires relationships with caring, loving, and mature adults and youth leaders who can demonstrate God’s love to them. The safety policies are intended to keep these relationships and all aspects of ministries with minors safe; and
2. Protect adults and leaders. When adults and leaders are interacting with children and youth, they need to be in a safe place as well. Our intent is to create an environment that sets appropriate guidelines and boundaries and to provide the support that staff and volunteers need to be effective in their roles with children and youth.