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Hosanna Lutheran Church

Children and Youth Ministry

Safe Church Practices

Thank you for your willingness to work with children or youth in our congregation. As a congregation we take to heart our mission: As a Christian family of faith we are gathered to grow and sent to serve. It is our responsibility and privilege to provide a safe place for all to gather in faith and experience God’s grace and love so that we can be sent out into the world to share that love with others.

Children and youth are vital members of our congregation and are partners with us in the mission to which God has called us. The safe church practices identified in this document are intended to help us provide a safe and welcoming environment for all children and youth who participate in any ministry activity at Hosanna Lutheran Church. These practices were not adopted as a reactionary measure in response to an incident, but rather as a proactive measure to be in alignment with our society and the world around us.

The ELCA and the Southeastern Minnesota Synod strongly encourage all congregations to have safe church practices in place for the protection of children, youth, staff, and volunteers.

In Luke 18:16, Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” We give thanks to God for your willingness to answer Jesus’ call to create a place of welcome for all of God’s children.

This policy is documented and structured via a series of appendices, see the table of contents above.