To provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children and youth, Columbus Mennonite Church is committed to Keeping CMC Safe: Policy for Protecting Children and Youth (KCMCS). As a part of this policy, we require an annual training of our congregation related to Keeping CMC Safe from Abuse.
Below you will find two articles, both from FaithTrust Institute, "working together to end sexual and domestic violence." The first article “Do Not Harm My Anointed” by Rabbi Mark Dratch correlates to CMC member Brent Miller’s photo above and his thoughts that these coats “are more than just a sign of a growing church. They symbolize a new group of children that will learn the importance of love, respect, WELCOMING! Something our world desperately needs right now.” The second of the two articles, “FAQs Related to Child Sexual Abuse” gives statistics on sexual abuse, provides potential warning signs, ways to reduce child abuse and more.
These articles were both found under Resources on Dove's Nest, an organization which began as a grassroots movement at the 2009 Mennonite Church USA Convention. This group consisted of volunteers that included pastors, social workers, therapists, and other professionals concerned about the issue of child and youth protection in Mennonite churches. Dove's Nest mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. Please visit the Dove's Nest website to learn about the many resources that they have available.
To complete the annual training for Keeping CMC Safe, please open and read the following items:
1. KCMCS policy
2. "Do Not Harm My Anointed" by Rabbi Mark Dratch
After you have completed the training, please choose ONE of the following options:
1. If you do not intend to work with our children or youth, please complete and submit the participation form below.
2. If you participated in the training lasy year (2015) and filled out a volunteer application, please complete and submit the participation form below. You do not need to fill out the volunteer application this year, only the participation form on this page.
3. If you did not train in 2015 and plan to work with our children and youth in roles such as youth sponsor, Sunday school teacher or helper, childcare volunteer, mentor, children’s Christmas program, or VBS you must fill out a volunteer application form. Go to Resources, and click on member log in. Log in information is available from Mim. Complete and submit the application. You do not need to fill out the participation form below. It will be included in the application.
Contact Mim Halterman, KCMCS Program Coordinator, if you have questions.