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Safe Church Training
May 11, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
What is Safe Church?
Mandated by the national General Convention, and implemented by each diocese, Safe Church is a program for preventing abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in the church. There are two parts: Part 1, Safeguarding God’s Children, which focuses on children and youth, and Part 2: Safeguarding God’s People, focusing on vulnerable adults.
Who must complete Safe Church Training?
Parts 1 and 2 are required of all clergy and staff. Part 1 is required of all vestry members, all who work with children and youth, all keyholders, and all tenants. Part 2 is required of Eucharistic Visitors (those who take Communion to the homebound), and church members engaged in pastoral care with adults (visiting, driving, etc.). Vestry members are also strongly encouraged to complete part 2. Safe Church training must be renewed every five years.
Where can I learn more about Safe Church?
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota maintains an information page on its website, at http://episcopalmn.org/safe-church. You can read the Safe Church policy at http://episcopalmn.org/assets/pdfs/ministry/SC-POLICY.pdf or pick up a copy at church.
How can I get the training I need?
Training workshops are offered regularly throughout the ECMN. Saint Paul’s will hold “Safeguarding God’s Children”on Wednesday, 11 May, from 9 am to noon. There is no charge for Saint Paul’s members. To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lydia at Saint Paul’s: 612-377-1273. If you can’t make it on 11 May, don’t worry. Most trainings throughout the ECMN are held on Saturdays, Sunday afternoons, or evenings. When they are scheduled, you will find them posted in the Messenger or weekly announcements. They will also be listed on the ECMN website: http://episcopalmn.org/events-calendar/ (click on the Safe-Church button).