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      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.