Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, February 20, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
This is the Oak Grove United Methodist Church Risk Reduction Policy statement for the prevention of abuse and the handling of reports, especially where children are concerned. These procedures are intended to protect all persons who enter the community be they children, youth, parents, volunteers, visitors, or staff.
As a congregation we must acknowledge and learn risk behaviors and their prevention. We must insure that policies and procedures are in place to prevent harm to anyone. We continue to encourage all persons to answer the call to be in ministry, both children and adults, and make a positive difference in their lives.
We recognize that child and elder abuse occurs every minute of the day, in every community, in every economic, racial, religious, and demographic group. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be vigilant and knowledgeable in protecting all persons in our midst and in preventing abuse in all its forms in the community.
The United Methodist Church affirms the sacredness of all persons and their rights to safety, nurture, and care.