Community Policies and Procedures

Becoming a Safer and More Caring Community for All

Given greater awareness of uncivil and unwelcome language and behavior in our broader culture, and in the midst of this #metoo era, First Church is recommitting to our spiritual values of kindness, care and respect for the God-given dignity of all of our neighbors. To this end, we have expanded our Covenant for a Welcoming and Safe Community. You can link to it below or read it on the bulletin board outside of Margaret Jewett Hall, copies will be available on Regathering Sunday. First introduced in 2006 with an eye to our shared responsibility to care for our children, the covenant is now inclusive of community members of all ages. Changes were approved by Executive Council in June 2019. In addition, you may notice new signs in our building stating that “Sexual Harassment will not be tolerated in the community.” The signs list examples to underscore that harassment can be both physical and verbal. A copy is also below. Please give these items your careful and prayerful attention. If you encounter unwelcome language or behavior at First Church, please reach out to a staff member, Moderator, or Deacon.



Emergency Preparedness at First Church
In recent months, a team of staff and lay leaders have been working expand our safety and security plans and procedures. These include protocols in case of fire, medical, and weather-realted emergencies as well as new disruptive person and security emergency procedures. A draft manual, which can be found below, was approved by the Executive Council and Deacons in June 2019. Emergency exit maps and quick-read versions of key procedures are now posted in several places throughout the building.  Please take time in the coming weeks to familiarize yourself with these materials, either by reading the full manual online or taking note of the new signage in the building. You are invited to share your questions and feedback by completing this simple form which will allow us to track and record comments. On a related note, church staff recently completed required trainings in First Aid/CPR/AED(defibrillators), Run-Hide-Fight security measures, and Narcan administration for Opioid overdoses. We hope to include feedback and finalize protocols at our Fall Meeting on Sunday, November 24. Please stay tuned. 



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