Safe Sanctuaries update:
This will be a hybrid training with both in person and on-line available.
For everyone’s safety, all Stone UMC individuals who have direct contact with children in a volunteer capacity and all Stone UMC staff, regardless of their role, must do the following:
1. Every 60 months (5 years), they must obtain the following clearances:
-PA Child Abuse History Clearance (free for volunteers)
-PA State Police Criminal Record Check (free for volunteers)
-FBI Criminal History Background Check (required for all employees and those volunteers who have lived in PA for less than 10 years)
2. Attend a Stone UMC Safe Sanctuaries training session at least once every 24 months (2 years)
3. Sign a Stone UMC Safe Sanctuary Covenant
4. Staff only - Staff must complete mandated reporter training every 60 months (5 years)
In 2015, child protection laws were revised in PA. At that time, volunteers were required to obtain the above-mentioned clearances. We are approaching the five-year mark for many volunteers who will need to obtain updated clearances in 2020. Those who have previously submitted clearances to Stone UMC should have received a notice via mail in early January showing the most recent dates for their clearances, training, and covenant on file. If you have updated clearances, please place a copy of your updated clearance documents in an envelope in the Safe Sanctuaries (Leanne Venesky) mailbox in the church office.