Officer on Duty
As a church, we believe we have a responsibility to do all we can to keep our community of faith safe. An officer from the City of Wichita Police Department is present during all worship services and many other gatherings. If you have any specific safety concerns, please contact the church office, at 316-684-1117.
Safe Gathering Program
“Let the children come to me and do not stop them: for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church participates in the United Methodist policy of Safe Gatherings, a comprehensive program for training and qualifying staff and volunteers. Scripture and our United Methodist tradition inform us in our belief that God values all of human life – perhaps children most of all.
It is the policy and covenant of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church to do everything in our power to prevent physical, emotional or sexual abuse against children, youth, and developmentally disabled dependent adults involved in any ministry sponsored by our local church.
We are called to minister to those persons who are experiencing abuse and to those who have been victims of abuse in the past. To that end we covenant to be aware of our legal responsibilities and to comply with those responsibilities and go beyond those responsibilities when necessary to act justly in the best interest of those who have been abused or those who are most vulnerable to abuse.
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church will participate in orientations and training seminars for clergy and others in a role of leadership with children, youth, and developmentally disabled dependent adults.
The Kansas West Annual Conference, on behalf of this congregation, through the Safe Gatherings program, will help to screen clergy and others in a role of leadership with children, youth, and developmentally disabled dependent adults. Each church will be responsible to report instances of abuse as stated in Reporting Section.
The guidelines of the Safe Gatherings program and the procedures set forth will a status of certification for persons within Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Persons certified are entrusted with the title “Certified Worker with Children, Youth, and Developmentally Disabled Dependent Adults.”
Certified workers with children, youth and developmentally disabled Dependent Adults shall be given the opportunity to renew certification in a manner determined by the Sexual Ethics Committee of the Kansas West Annual Conference.
This policy and its provisions shall apply to all persons working with children, youth, and developmentally disabled dependent adults, including volunteers. Effective September 1, 2012, no youth under the age of 16 will be certified by the Kansas West Annual Conference.