Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them..."
Deep Blue is an exciting curriculum for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade that we use during our children's worship time. Kids begin in our 11:00 worship service, and after the Children's Moment they go to Kids' Church to dig deeper into Scripture. With Deep Blue kids will learn Bible stories, engage in crafts, sing, and most importantly learn about the love of God!
Deep Blue is a model for fun learning about the Bible that extends beyond church. The Deep Blue Kids Bible is a wonderful resource, and there's even an app for your iPhone! (Just look for "Deep Blue Adventures" in the app store.)
We also have special events for kids throughout the year: back-to-school pizza parties, Easter egg hunts, Vacation Bible School, and more!
Safe Sanctuaries is the name given to our work at Trinity Chapel UMC to provide a safe and welcoming environment for individuals who might be vulnerable to abuse while also protecting those who work with them in the course of ministry. While it currently encompasses our work with children and youth, our goal is to broaden this policy to cover our work with all vulnerable individuals, whether they are minors, the elderly, or those who are at risk because of handicaps. Safe Sanctuaries provides a framework for accountability among our staff and ministry volunteers both on church property and when supervising groups on various trips.
A Safe Sanctuaries policy has been adopted by the South Georgia Annual Conference that provides a standard when congregations are involved in ministries directly under the supervision of the Annual Conference. (You can view this policy here.) However, it is up to each congregation to establish its own guidelines that are as strong as feasible given its ministry resources.
Our Safe Sanctuaries policy is an evolving project guided by our utmost concern for the least among us. We welcome further input from parents and other concerned persons as we continue to improve it.