St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Safeguarding Our Children

Children attending Easter services.
Inclement Weather Policy

For the most up-to-date information on scheduled activities, please call the parish office at 202-363-4119. If the automated attendant answers the phone, select option 9.

During periods of inclement weather, a liberal leave policy will be in effect for staff. So, while the parish may be open, individual activities, meetings, etc. may still be cancelled due to a staff member’s inability to get safely to the church. It’s best to call the parish office for current information.

On weekdays, St. Columba’s follows the DC Public Schools.  If they are closed, the parish is closed and all activities are cancelled (same for delayed openings). All activities scheduled before the delayed opening time are cancelled. All activities beginning after the delayed opening time will occur as scheduled.

On Sundays, while individual activities (Forum, Sunday School, meetings, etc.) might be canceled, worship services will occur as scheduled (except in very extreme conditions) and parishioners are asked to use their best judgment as to whether they can safely get to church. Call for the most up-to-date operational information.

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Contact Us

4201 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
202-363-4119 (phone)
202-686-2671 (fax)

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Office Hours

September through May:
Mon. through Thurs.,
9 am to 5 pm
Fri., 9 am to 4 pm

June through August:
Mon. through Fri.,
9 am to 4 pm.

Please note that clergy are generally off on Fridays.

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St. Columba's takes seriously its commitment to children and youth—
and in particular to help keep our children safe. To that end, we rely on the following resources and guidelines:

Diocesan Standards for Youth and Children's Ministries

The Diocese of Washington has outlined best practices for congregations and for diocesan events, setting common standards and expectations by which all churches in the diocese are expected to abide. These address topics such as the screening and training of those who wish to work with children and youth, as well as detailing operational standards for programs and behavioral expectations for children, youth and adult participants in parish and diocesan programs.

Safeguarding God's Children

This is a three-hour child abuse prevention training offered by the Diocese of Washington for paid full-time staff and all who work with children and youth. All staff, vestry members and volunteers at St. C's who work with children and youth on an ongoing basis (Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, vergers, SCAP leaders, etc.) are required to attend this training, which is designed to equip people to recognize warning signs of abuse, to know what to do in the case of witnessing or hearing about abuse and to take steps to avoid situations in which abuse or even the appearance of impropriety could take place.

St. Columba's Standards, Policies and Procedures for Ministries Involving Children and Young People

In addition to the diocesan standards, St. Columba's is guided by a separate set of standards that give further specifics for our own church setting, including a detailed outline of the steps and procedures that are to be followed in this church community. Please note: These will be available shortly from the website.

Click the following links for more information:

Diocesan Standards for Youth and Children's Ministries
Safeguarding God's Children training

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