Perfume/Cologne-free Church Environment
Grace Baptist Church strives to be a community where all people feel safe to worship God and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. One in four Canadian suffers from some form of respiratory disease and one in three is sensitive to fragrances. Medical evidence shows that exposure to certain scents can trigger severe reactions in sensitive individuals. Symptoms include mild effects such as watery eyes as well as extreme reactions such as anaphylactic attacks. Wheezing, headaches and dizziness are common. Because of the impact on people’s health, we would ask that all visitors to Grace Baptist Church refrain from use of perfumes, aftershaves and colognes. A number in our congregation have already suffered adverse health effects due to the fragrances they were exposed to at our church and so we would urge your understanding and cooperation.
A growing number of people in our society are allergic to nuts and the symptoms are extremely dangerous. Swelling, difficulty with breathing, vomiting, loss of consciousness, anaphylactic shock and even death can result. In order to protect all who attend Grace Baptist Church, we ask that no products containing nuts be brought onto the church premises. This includes all tree and ground nuts, and any butters or extracts made from them, including: peanuts (and peanut butter), almonds (and almond butter), pecans, walnuts, macadamia, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, and pine nuts, but does not include products that say “may contain nuts.”
Grace Baptist Church has an accessibility policy in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). A copy of this policy is available upon request. We’re committed to maintaining a climate of mutual respect in which all persons who attend our worship services and programs will be able to do so irrespective of any disability they may have. Attendees who wish to provide feedback on the way Grace Baptist Church provides access to our programs and services to people with disabilities can contact the church office.
Safe Church Policy
“Safe Church" is all about building trust. We want parents to know that their children are being cared for in a safe environment. We also want our volunteers to know that we have a program in place to support them as they serve in our Children or Youth Ministries. Grace has a Safe Church Policy that requires all volunteers working with children to attend a Safe Church seminar and complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening. We take the safety of all minors in our care seriously, and promote acceptable codes of conduct and safety measures.
For more information regarding any of our policies, please contact the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org.