Trinity United Methodist Charge
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Child Protection Policy for Crim

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them,“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.       (Mark 10:13-16)

Grace and peace unto you from our Lord, Jesus Christ!

With an increasing awareness of child abuse and abuse in general, the WV Annual Conference adopted last session (June 2012) that each church/charge should create and implement a child protection policy. This is not only common sense but it is also mandated by Christ’s instructions. We are, as Jesus has declared, to care for and nurture our little ones in the faith of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore pursuant to Christ’s teaching and the approved motion by the Annual Conference for the June 2012 session, I have met with Administrative Board regarding this issue and have begun the process of creating and implementing our child protection policy.

You are receiving this letter therefore to inform you of this need and because part of the policy will include some changes that will effect the entire community on Sunday mornings. To ensure the safety of our children and for the entire congregation, the main doors leading into the fellowship hall will be locked no later and no earlier than 11:15 on Sunday mornings. I am aware that this entrance is also our handicap entrance. Fear not however, we will have someone on staff to monitor the entrance in case you may be behind schedule. Too, I am requesting that a special doorbell be placed at that entrance for you to ring should you find the door locked.

I cannot begin to put into words how strong I feel it is necessary for us to make this door change, regardless of the fact that that is our handicap entrance. As the pastor I am responsible for the safety and well-being of all persons who enter this building. No matter who enters our doors, my main goal is to make sure that Christ is offered, heard, and preached and that everyone leaves in peace.  

Now I’m sure some may have objections to this change, but again please know that I must consider the safety of everyone and that I am also trying to structure the change to meet all accommodations that keep Crim open and accessible. If we work together, we can still be a congregation that has open hearts, open minds, and open doors!  Feel free to call upon me if you have questions and or reservations about this new policy change; you may call the church office 304-457-1123 to schedule an appointment.

Following in Christ’s footsteps,