...because our Children & Youth are precious, and once is once too many.

Please Note:  This is a preventative measure and EVERYONE working with our children and/or youth must be properly Safe Sanctuary Certified.  This includes both Safe Sanctuary Training, quiz and background check.  Once this is obtained, you will be notified and eligible to work in our children and/or youth departments.  Your Certification is valid for five years.

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church, in April 1996, adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in the church.  Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, we adopt this policy for the prevention of child and youth abuse in our church.


Our congregation’s purpose for establishing this Child and Youth Abuse Prevention Policy and accompanying procedures is to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children and youth.

Statement of Covenant

Therefore, as a Christian community of faith and a United Methodist congregation, we pledge to conduct the ministry of the gospel in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all our children and youth as well as all of the workers with children and youth. We will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers; we will implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events; we will educate all of our workers with children and youth regarding the use of all appropriate policies and methods (including first aid and methods of discipline); we will have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law; and we will be prepared to respond to media inquiries if an incident occurs.

Volunteer Requirements for

Anyone Working with Children and Youth


Step 1:  Background Check

Follow this link to begin your background check:  Secure Search Background Check

The secure background check will automatically be submitted to Denver United Methodist Church.  You sign the background check authorization automatically online.


Step 2:  Safe Sanctuary Training

Everyone will need to watch the Safe Sanctuary Training Presentation in its entirety.  The video is embedded below.  Just click the arrow keys at the bottom to move from item to item, thus giving you all the time you need to read each item.  After viewing the presentation, you will take an online quiz linked below.  NOTE:  The rule about being a member for 6 months applies to a leadership position.  We do allow those that do not meet that requirement to volunteer in a support position after obtaining safe sanctuary training.