Safe Sanctuary Policy

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes [a] child…. Welcomes me” (Matthew 12:5). Children are our present and our future, our hope, our teachers, our inspiration. They are full participants in the life of the church and the realm of God. Jesus also said, “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones… it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). Our Christian faith calls us to offer both hospitality and protection to the little ones, the children. Vidalia Cornerstone Church believes that children must be protected from economic, physical, emotional and sexual exploitation and abuse. God calls us to make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons from sexual and ritual abuse. God calls us to create communities of faith where children and adults grow safe and strong.