As a church that tries to respect and be a part of the Methodist safe sanctuary policies, let us remind parents that as a part of those policies children should be in the same grade level at both school and church. For example: if a child is in first grade in school he/ she should be in first grade in church. Also, if a child is not beginning kindergarten due to a late birthday or other reasons, please hold that child back in the 3 or 4 year old class. We promote up to classes according to the Tennessee school systems of using the birthday of Sept. 30th. A child must be 3 by Sept. 30 to promote UP to the 3 year old Sunday School class. Those that turn 3 on Oct. 1st or after should stay in the 2 year old Sunday School class throughout the year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tami. These policies are in place to protect and keep safe all our children. We do not promote according to ability, maturity, intelligence, or if your child is potty trained or not;only by age and grade level.

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Snow season is upon us, and it is important to have a policy for programming when the weather is threatening. Therefore, please make note of the following policy regarding inclement weather: If the Rutherford County and/or Murfreesboro City Schools are closed because of inclement weather (snow, tornado, heavy rains, etc.) all church-sponsored evening programming at the church campus will be cancelled. This includes meetings, meals, choir rehearsals, and weeknight worship services. This does not include any programming by outside groups (e.g., Al-Anon, Community Bible Study, etc.). Sunday morning worship services will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. If anyone has questions, please call the church office (893-1322).

Although highly unlikely, the possibility of a violent incident on the property of our church is a reality. The level of preparedness to respond to such an incident will have an impact on the outcome. The outcome is dependent
on the ability of the church campus to lockdown as quickly as possible. As suggested by the Rutherford County Sherriff’s Department, implemented by our Education Ministry Group and supported by the Council of Stewards: The doors of the children’s wing will be locked at all times. This policy concerns all individuals, staff, students, visitors to the church campus, any and all church related groups and anyone on the property of the church. Full cooperation is expected of “all” during a “Code
Red” occurrence. A “Code Red” is a security action used when it may be more dangerous to evacuate a building than to stay inside. All Nursery, Preschool, Mother’s Day Out and Sunday School teachers are being trained on Code Red Procedures. If you have questions or concerns,
please feel free to contact Tami Smith, Director of Children’s Ministry.

The Code Red policy generally reads: All children’s classroom doors should be locked and closed at all times except drop off and pickup when doors can be propped open. Leaders of children are being taught in short to close locked door, turn out lights, and hide