Safe Sanctuaries, as referred to by Pendleton Center and First United Methodist Churches, encompasses the efforts made by our church, district, and the Upper New York Conference to reduce the risk of abuse to children, youth, and vulnerable adults (a vulnerable adult is someone aged 18 and over; who due to age, illness or a mental or physical condition, is less able to take care of himself/herself, or less able to protect himself/herself against harm or exploitation; including but not limited to physical and sexual abuse, neglect by self or other, financial or material exploitation, emotional or psychological mistreatment. Vulnerable adults are also those adults who work with children and youth who can be in a position where accusations of abuse could mistakenly arise; or, adults who have been abused either as a child or an adult), and also to protect the adult workers (either paid or volunteer) who interact with those individuals in any church activity, whether on-site or away from the church building.
For Pendleton Center and First United Methodist Churches, the physical and emotional safety, as well as the spiritual growth of all God's children at any age, is important. We, as a church, are committed to the holistic well-being of each child, youth, and adult entrusted to us. We believe that we, as a church, must take reasonable steps to love and protect people, especially our children, youth, and vulnerable adults, while they are involved in programs and activities provided in and by our local churches, district, and our conference. In addition, we must take reasonable steps to love and protect those adults who work with our children, youth, and vulnerable adults.