Safe Gatherings Certification

Countryside UMC abides by the Safe Gatherings policy adopted by the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. Safe Gatherings is a biblically-based boundary awareness and abuse prevention program developed to certify volunteer workers, staff and clergy who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults.

Safe Gatherings is an online program that involves a background check, references, and a program focused on boundary awareness and abuse prevention. It takes between 1-2 hours to complete the training session.

Any individuals who wish to work with children, youth, or vulnerable adults needs to complete this program. It may be completed at home (this can be done in multiple sittings) by visiting the Safe Gatherings website:

If you do not have access to a computer or would like to have someone present in case you have questions or technology challenges, you can arrange to complete your certification at the church when a staff member is available to assist you. Please contact Becky Ericson to arrange a time.

We also occasionally plan sessions for people to complete training. Any upcoming sessions are listed below. Space is limited, so please sign up using the form below or email Becky Ericson at to reserve your spot.

APRIL 2018

April 8 at 12:30pm (lunch available)

April 15 at 12:30pm (lunch available)

April 29 at 12:30pm (lunch available)

Safe Gatherings Certification Session

We will provide a laptop or tablet and be present to assist as you complete the online Safe Gatherings program. Space is limited, so sign up early!