Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cascade Safe Sanctuary Policy and Requirements?
In April 1996, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a resolution aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in the church.
Tragically, churches have not always been safe places for children. Child sexual abuse, exploitation and ritual abuse (ritual abuse refers to abusive acts committed as part of ceremonies or rites; ritual abusers are often related to cults, or pretend to be) occur in churches, large and small, urban and rural. The problem cuts across all economic, cultural and racial lines.
God calls us to make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons from sexual and ritual abuse. God calls us to create communities of faith where children grow safe and strong. (From The Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church – 1996. Copyright @ 1996 by the United Methodist Publishing House.
Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, we adopt this policy for the prevention of all types of abuse of children at Cascade United Methodist Church.
Cascade’s purpose for establishing a Safe Sanctuary Policy and accompanying procedures is to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety, emotional well-being and spiritual growth of all of our children, youth, and vulnerable persons.
Statement of Covenant
As a Christian community of faith and a United Methodist congregation, we pledge to conduct the ministry of the gospel in ways that assure the physical safety, emotional well-being and spiritual growth of all of our children and youth as well as all of the workers with children and youth. We will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers regardless of their gender, race or sexual orientation; we will implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events; we will educate all of our workers with children and youth regarding the use of all appropriate policies and methods; we will have a clearly defined procedure for responding to or reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law; and we will be prepared to respond to media inquiries if an incident occurs.
In all of our ministries with children and youth, this congregation is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ so that each child will be “… surrounded by steadfast love … established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal” (“Baptismal Covenant II,” United Methodist Hymnal, p. 44).
Training is offered twice a year for persons who wish to work with children, youth, or vulnerable adults. Requirements include: (1) Must be a member of Cascade for 6 months and have a successful background check; (2) or be a visitor for six months or more with a letter of recommendation from a current member in good standing, and paired with a primary volunteer; (3) Must secure a letter of recommendation and a current successful background file from current church of record. This would satisfy the six month rule. Additionally, said person must complete a successful background check.
How can I learn more about John Wesley and The United Methodist Church?
United Methodist Basics
The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968, but it has had more than two centuries of organization in the United States and around the world. Learn about United Methodist basics: its history, structure, beliefs and ministries through these online courses, live workshops and resources.
“United Methodism 101” (UM101) is designed for new United Methodists and anyone wanting to know more about the denomination, as well as long-time United Methodists who would like to check their basic knowledge of the church. Each of the four modules contains many interactive features and takes about one hour to complete at the participant's leisure. The course can be taken online or in a group setting using the CD-Rom and Leader's Guide purchased from our estore.
2. Sign up for Methodism 101 when the course is offered at Cascade.
Do You Need Prayer?
How often do you find yourself standing in the need of prayer?
Whatever your answer, you are not alone. Prayer is a way for God to speak to your heart and for you to share the desires of your heart. Keep in mind, we often don’t receive an answer to our prayers when we want it, but it’s always right on time. If you have something you seek prayer for or if you just want to say thank you, we are here with open arms and hearts to pray for and with you. You may share your prayer concern or blessing with us.
Fill out the form HERE to submit a prayer request.
How Do I Join Cascade?
The Invitation to Discipleship is extended to worshippers at the conclusion of every Sunday and Wednesday service. You may join the body of Christ and Cascade UMC at that time or you can stop by the church office at any time to connect with us. If you prefer, you may also consult with one of the pastors and join. We want Cascade to be your spiritual sanctuary and a place where you find purpose and meaning.
How Can I Get Involved?
Please click here to visit the extensive list of MINISTRIES and for information on getting involved. We have five areas or Divisions of Ministry (Nurture, Outreach, Witness, Worship, Young People’s) at Cascade that offer many opportunities to grow, serve and share your time and talents!
What Should I Wear?
Come as you are and worship Christ the King! There is no dress code at Cascade. You can wear your Sunday best, business casual, or jeans. All are welcome in the House of the Lord!
Where do I Park?
Parking is available in the church parking lot. However, additional parking is available at Kaiser Permanente located at 1175 Cascade Parkway (Atlanta, GA) between the I-285 interchange and Kroger. Shuttle service is available from Kaiser for the 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday services.
Where do my kids go?
There are several options for children during Sunday worship services, including Sunday School, as well as Nursery Services.
Where is the nursery?
The Nursery is located on the main floor of the church. Children between the ages of birth to four-years old are eligible to receive care. Please label bottles, cups or diaper bags. Parents/guardians who register children in the nursery will be given a pager.
The nursery is available:
Monday – Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Childcare hours are extended for special church-wide events.
What time does Sunday School begin?
Sunday School Classes begin at 10:00 a.m. for ages 3-18 in The R.O.C.K. (Reaching Our Children for the Kingdom). Adult Sunday School classes begin at 10:00 a.m.
What Times are Services Held?
We offer two worship services on Sundays in the main sanctuary: 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Child care is available during both services.
What is the church address, phone and fax?
Cascade United Methodist Church
3144 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
Still Have Questions?
Please use the form on our contact page to let us know your questions. We will be happy to get back with you as soon as we can with answers.