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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Upcoming Safe Sanctuaries® Training opportunities

    September 25, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    What is Safe Sanctuaries?

    Safe Sanctuaries is a policy that Upper New York uses in order to reduce the risk of abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults participating in the ministries of our churches, Districts, agencies, and ministry groups. Those who have regular and direct contact with children, youth, and vulnerable adults (such as pastors, youth group leaders, Sunday School teachers, Vacation Bible School coordinators, music leaders, after-school program workers, home visitors, respite care workers) should take a Safe Sanctuaries training.

    Click here to learn more about Safe Sanctuaries.

    On Saturday, Oct. 26 there will be training opportunities available to members of the Upper New York Conference.

    Oct. 26, 2019 Safe Sanctuaries Training

    The next Safe Sanctuaries training takes place on Sat. Oct. 26 at West Schuyler UMC in the Mohawk District; the address is 297 Wood Lane, Utica, NY.

    The training takes place from 9:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. (with registration open from 9 a.m. until 9:25 a.m.).

    Please note that this course is required for those interested in taking the Safe Sanctuaries Training of Trainers course.

    Oct. 26, 2019 Safe Sanctuaries Training of Trainers

    There will also be a Safe Sanctuaries training at West Schuyler UMC for those interested in facilitating UNY’s Safe Sanctuaries Training as part of their District training team and/or for their local church.

    This training will take place on Oct. 26 from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. with lunch provided to those participating in both morning and afternoon sessions.   Please make dietary needs known when you register.

    UNY’s three-hour Safe Sanctuaries Training is a prerequisite for Training of Trainers.  This needs to be completed sometime since June 2016 and must be the standard learning station format facilitated by a certified UNY Safe Sanctuaries trainer.

    Preregister for this either (or both) of these trainings by Oct. 19 by contacting Cindy Muder at the Mohawk District office at 315-797-1777 or email to MohawkDistrict@unyumc.org

    Nov. 9, 2019 Safe Sanctuaries Training:

    The second Safe Sanctuaries training for this fall will take place on Saturday Nov. 9 at Kenmore UMC in the Niagra Frontier District, located at 32 Landera Road, Kenmore, NY 14217.

    The training takes place from 9:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. (with registration open from 8:45 a.m. until 8:55 a.m.).

    Please note that this course is required for those interested in taking the Safe Sanctuaries Training of Trainers course.

    Nov. 9 Safe Sanctuaries Trainer of Trainings:

    There will also be a Safe Sanctuaries training at Kenmore UMC for those interested in facilitating UNY’s Safe Sanctuaries Training as part of their District training team and/or for their local church.

    This training will take place on Nov. 9 from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. with lunch provided to those participating in both morning and afternoon sessions.  Please make dietary needs known when you register.

    UNY’s three-hour Safe Sanctuaries Training is a prerequisite for Training of Trainers. This needs to be completed sometime since June 2016 and must be the standard learning station format facilitated by a certified UNY Safe Sanctuaries trainer.

    Preregister for one or both courses by November 2 with your name, email address, phone number, and church. Contact Bonnie LeValley at bonlev@hotmail.com or 716-875-5091  (Kenmore UMC). 

    Please note that Safe Sanctuaries trainings only take place up to four times a year.

    Questions about Safe Sanctuaries training should be to Carol Barnes at carolb@htva.net or 607-687-4793.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."