Millburn Congregational UCC

"Watching for and celebrating movements of God's Spirit."

Safe Church

We are a Safe Church

On September 17, 2006, by unanimous congregational vote, Millburn Church adopted a Safe Church Policy to preclude acts of child abuse on its premises. Some may wonder why such a policy is necessary in a church environment, where trust and fellowship abide – isn’t church the one place where we can be free from the anxieties and tragedies of this world? Unfortunately, the answer is as near as a daily newspaper or television newscast: it is precisely because of their trusting and loving natures that churches sometimes become vulnerable to persons who would do harm. As a progressive church with a dynamic and growing educational program, Millburn UCC believes it is possible to be open, trusting and loving while still taking affirmative steps to account for the realities of our broken world.

The following is a summary of our Safe Church Policy. Copies of the entire policy are available upon request.

· All persons who wish to work with children and youth in Millburn Church programs will submit an application and disclosure form, in which the applicant affirms that he/she has never been convicted of a crime involving sexual or physical abuse;

· Applicants will be personally interviewed to assess the suitability of their character and qualifications for the position they seek;

· All prospective employees, Sunday School teachers, nursery attendants and Christian Education Superintends will undergo a background check, including inquiries of references and a criminal history verification;

· The church will conduct a registered sex offender review for each volunteer by searching their name on the Department of Justice website. This registered sex offender review will be repeated on an annual basis for all volunteers;

· Persons who volunteer to work with minors will have been regularly and frequently associated with Millburn Church for at least six months;

· All volunteers and employees who regularly work with children and youth will receive orientation regarding safe church policies and procedures; and

· In situations where participants are not readily visible to each other, there will be no fewer than two adults present with children. Youth over the age of sixteen may assist an adult in supervising children’s activities, but at least two adults must still be present.