Release of Liability
As a Christian group, we seek to follow the Biblical mandate that disallows bringing charges against Christian brothers in civil courts. (I Corinthians 6:1-8) We also seek to be good stewards of the resources and blessings that the Lord has provided. We have never had an instance of injury or damages being charged to the group. Yet we believe it is best to be sure that all members understand our position prior to any mishaps.
We are a loosely organized not-for-profit group of Christian families. The leadership is made up of those who have volunteered their time to organize activities for the group. Participation in any event is strictly voluntary, with no member ever being required to attend a particular meeting or event. Neither our group, nor its leaders, nor its members are liable for any injuries or damages, nor any illness, whether connected with a SOCCO event or not.
At every event, parents are responsible for their own children. Occasionally a member will desire for his children to attend an activity with another adult family member or member of the group. In this case, the parent needs to inform the host/sponsor of the event who is responsible for their child. Children are never allowed to attend any function without being accompanied by and supervised by their own parent or their designated adult. We suggest that if you find it necessary to send your child to an event with another adult, it be one who is comfortable enough with your child to correct them if necessary. For classes, it is at the discretion of the instructor if they will take this responsibility for your child without your attendance to the class.
Any special guests (grandparents, relatives, out-of-town friends, etc.) who accompany members to any event are under the sole responsibility of that member for behavior, damages, injuries, etc.
It is expected that any member or his children or guest who damages property or who causes injury, either willfully or through neglect will take personal responsibility for his actions. However, our group will not be involved in any way in such situations. Any person, whether member or not, who has such claim will be directed to discuss the offense individually with that party he believes to be responsible. The outcome of such a problem is out of the realm of this group’s responsibility. If the parties cannot handle such disputes individually, we will expect that they will follow the guidelines of Matthew 18 through their own churches and church leadership.