Safe Church and Use of Alcohol Policies

Safe Church Policy

Relationships among people are the foundation of Christian ministry, and as such are central to the life of the church. Defining healthy and safe relationships through policies, codes of conduct, and guidelines is not meant in any way to undermine the strength and importance of personal interaction in our ministries. Rather, such policies, codes of conduct, and guidelines are meant to assist in more clearly defining behaviors and practices that allow the church to more fully demonstrate its love and compassion for children and youth in sincere and genuine relationships. The aim of this policy is to make our church a safe place for those who worship, those who minister, those who come in need, children and youth, and all who seek or serve Christ.

To read St. Paul’s, Piney’s Safe Church Policy in its entirety, please click here.

Use of Alcohol Policy

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Piney Parish, acknowledges that The Episcopal Church’s longstanding tolerance for the use of alcohol which, in some cases, has contributed to its misuse and has undermined a climate of wholeness and holiness for all. We aspire to be a place in which conversation about alcohol, substance misuse, or addiction are not simply about treatment but about renewal, justice, wholeness, and healing. The parish’s use of alcohol policy was approved unanimously by the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on November 16, 2016 and made effective January 1, 2017.

To read St. Paul’s, Piney’s Use of Alcohol Policy in its entirety, please click here.