Membership at Faith

Contact: New Member Coordinators,

Nancy Clemenson ( &

Gwen Svboda (  

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Faith's Safe Sanctuary policy has been updated.  The biggest change is that ALL adults (18 & older) who work with children & youth MUST complete a training and background check every 3 years. This is in effect for all paid staff of the church, too. The Safe Sanctuary committee will offer these training sessions 3 times a year.  

If you are interested in being a Sunday School teacher, working with the Athletic Program, working with the Santa Jamboree event in December, being a Roamer, or any other Children/Youth activity, contact Sandy Word ( for information about the next Safe Sanctuary class.

The 1-hour sessions will include a video, discussion, and time for questions. You will receive a copy of the revised Safe Sanctuary Procedures and will complete a form for permission for a new background check. The background checks cost $11 each and our Worship Committee will pay for them although donations of $11 will be accepted.  


Contact: Sandy Ward ( or 708-444-8560) for more information.


The General Conference of the United Methodist Church, in April 1996, adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child abuse in the church.  Our congregation's purpose for establishing the Safe Sanctuaries policy and procedures was to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all of our children and to protect our staff and volunteers from potential allegations of abuse.



A few of the basic guidelines:

  • Leaders working with children must regularly attend FUMC for 6 months before they are eligible to begin a direct contact position.

  • All activities should occur in open view.

  • Adults wishing to be involved with children's' programs must go through training, a criminal background check, and a reference check.

  • When transporting children, a driver must have proof of insurance, a valid driver's license, and no serious moving violations in the past 5 years.

  • Whenever reasonable, the two-adult rule will require that no fewer than 2 Safe Sanctuary trained unrelated adults be present at all times during any church-sponsored program, event, or ministry involving children.


If anyone is interested in the training to be a Safe Sanctuary volunteer, please contact Sandy Ward at

Communion Servers

If you would like to serve as a communion server
at the 9:00 am service,

contact the church office (708) 444-8560.
To serve at the 11:00 am service,
contact Glenda Bayles (

Greeters, Ushers & Communion
Server Training















We feel it is very important that we offer Radical Hospitality to all those who come through our doors. We want to welcome all people and let them know how important they are to us.
Please consider becoming a greeter, usher, or communion server by attending a training session.
Call the church office at 708-444-8560 to sign-up to serve or to inquire about the next training session.