Fairview United Methodist Church is a Safe Gatherings church. Every adult who works with children and youth must be Safe Gatherings Certified as well as covenant to uphold our church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy which includes rules for keeping children, youth, vulnerable adults, and the folks who work with them safe.

The vision of Safe Gatherings is a world in which all children, youth, and vulnerable adults are protected and feel safe.

The mission of Safe Gatherings is to screen and educate staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults.

Safe Gatherings is a comprehensive system that incorporates an online application, online abuse prevention training, several levels of background checks, and paperless reference checks for people who volunteer or are employed with churches, schools, and organizations that serve or work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

Instructions for becoming Safe Gatherings Certified at Fairview United Methodist Church

In this process, you will be filling in personal information, including previous work involving children, youth, or vulnerable adults. Also, you will be submitting two references (supervisor, clergy, professional) that are not related to you. Safe Gatherings will need contact information for these references (email and phone number). To speed up the process, please have this information ready before you begin. Please call Safe Gatherings with any questions at 888.241.8258.

Select the following from the dropdown menus:
     Type of Organization: Church or Faith-Based Organization
     Denomination: Methodist
     Next field type in:  Fairview UMC Columbia

Continue with the instructions on the screen
When it asks for applicant type, please select “volunteer”

Once you have registered and given the details of your references, you will be able to take the course.

When you have completed the online course, your background check is completed, and your references fill out the forms that will be emailed to them, you and Fairview UMC will be notified you have completed all that is required and you will officially be Safe Gatherings Certified.