Safe Sanctuaries

PUMC is a Safe Sanctuaries Church!

Children are precious gifts!  When you entrust your child to our care during a Sunday School, Youth Group, or other event we want you to be assured that your child is safe.  In this world, even in a church, precautions against abuse are important.

At Pitman UMC we adhere to a strict “Safe Sanctuaries” policy.  Anyone volunteering to work with children or youth is required to receive training on our policy and sign a covenant to ensure adherence to the policy.

Below is a summary of our policy which must be signed before anyone can care for children or youth during a PUMC event:

Safe Sanctuaries Covenant

The congregation of the Pitman United Methodist Church is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children, youth, workers, and volunteers who participate in ministries and activities sponsored by the church.  The following policy statements reflect a portion of our congregation’s commitment to preserving this church as a holy place of safety and protection for all who would enter and as a place in which all people can experience the love of God in relationship with others.

  1. No adult who has been convicted of child abuse should volunteer to work with children or youth in any church-sponsored activity.

  2. All adult volunteers involved with children or youth must participate in Safe Sanctuaries training annually.

  3. Adult volunteers shall observe the “Two Adult” rule at all times so that no adult is left alone with children or youth.

  4. Adult volunteers shall immediately report to the pastor(s) any behavior that seems abusive or inappropriate.

  5. Adult volunteers must read and abide by all of the terms in the Safe Sanctuary Policy, Public Internet Site Policy, and all safety policies of the church.


Our entire Safe Sanctuary Policy can be reviewed by clicking this button:  Safe Sanctuary Policy

Our Youth Leader Kate Dilks-Bird and our Christian Education Director, Stef Kier produced the below presentation to explain our Safe Sanctuaries policy…

NOTE:  For improved visibility, use the “full screen mode.”  After clicking the “Play” icon, hover over the screen and click the “full screen” icon that’s on the on the lower right hand corner of this window.  This icon is next to where it says “YouTube”, and it looks like a square box….