Code of Conduct

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Maricopa Christian Homeschool Support Group

Code of Conduct

 

As a Christian group, Maricopa Christian Homeschool Support Group (MCHSG) recognizes the Lordship of Jesus Christ and therefore believes our lifestyle should be one that reflects the fact that we are God’s holy people. (Eph. 5:3). The Bible is His written revelation and it is our source for authority and guidance in all matters.

 

Because we feel that the Christian homeschool support group is a unique and distinctive social setting, MCHSG believes that a Christian’s appearance and conduct is a demonstrative part of his or her testimony. Our conduct and appearance should reflect Biblical standards, and should at all times be pleasing to God and uncompromising of our Christian values. How an individual behaves and dresses also reflects the philosophy and standards of the group it represents. We wish to convey through our membership a message of obedience to God’s Word.  I Corinthians 10:31-33 states: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God--even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved."

 

It is in this spirit that MCHSG asks all members and their guests at MCHSG sponsored events to abide by the following guidelines. If you are on a field trip, this Code of Conduct applies, in addition to our Field Trip Guidelines. Anything not covered in this document should be considered to be covered by the above paragraph. Please take the time to talk with your children about the following guidelines.

 

 

  1. All members, parents and children alike, have the right to participate in MCHSG activities without experiencing discourteousness, disrespect, or physical harm from any other member of the group. Each member is responsible for themselves and monitoring their own children.

 

  1. We should strive to build up and encourage one another in our conversations. In all that we do, we desire to develop and maintain a reputation that encourages attendance at our events as well as an environment where everyone feels respected and accepted. Adults should ALWAYS be aware that children may be near and listening. Topics that are appropriate for adults may not be appropriate when children are present. Some conversations are best left for Mom’s Night Out.

 

  1. Proverbs 16:28 tells us "a perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends." Families should diligently avoid initiating any gossip and should immediately stop it if it does occur. 

 

  1. Parents are responsible for and expected to be in control of their children at all times. This supervision is necessary to ensure safety and avoid accidents.  Parents should stay with their own children, unless arrangements are made for another parent to supervise your children. If parents have designated another parent to supervise their children at an event, the activity coordinator should be informed of your designee. If your child is under the supervision of another adult at park day, and you, the parent at not physically present, MCHSG will assume that the designated adult has your legal permission to act as that child’s authority in any and all circumstances that may occur and that adult has your full permission to make whatever decisions they deem appropriate and best for your child at all times, whether they be disciplinary or medical decisions.

 

  1. If your child is misbehaving and you do not handle it (or do not see it) another parent may bring your child to you, explain the situation, and ask you to handle it. Please do not be offended. If the behavior is not resolved by the parent, a leader may have to ask the family to leave the event for the sake of others. No adult may discipline any child that is not their own without that child’s parent being present.

 

  1. We need to respect the facilities we are allowed to use and leave them in better condition than when we arrived. Please ask what you can to do help clean up after an event is finished.

 

  1. All members, adults and children should consider others when they choose what to wear to group functions. It is better to be modest than to cause someone to be distracted or offended.  If you are ever unsure as to whether your clothing is appropriate or not, please choose something else.

 

  1. Since MCHSG has no membership restrictions in regards to race, religion or personal homeschool preferences, it should be understood that many members hold specific religious convictions and educational philosophies or approaches. We encourage discussion on these matters, and desire our members to share their beliefs and opinions. But because of this diversity, we require every member to show respect and understanding when others' convictions differ from their own personal views. This is so that the unified purpose for the support group may be maintained. (Our unified purpose is to support home education in general and families that choose home education specifically) Should there be an issue or situation that cannot be resolved or which is extremely uncomfortable for any member, please bring it to the attention of those in leadership who will take it into prayerful consideration to find a peaceful, swift and satisfactory resolution.

 

  1. We would like to encourage our MCHSG members to be at peace with each other, other homeschool groups, as well as with families that have chosen different educational options for their family. (i.e., public school, private school, etc.)  As a Christian group we seek to be faithful to God’s word. The Bible teaches that attributes such as "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Gal. 5:22-24) will evidence themselves in the life of the believer through the Holy Spirit.  This fruit of the Spirit is to be sought, cultivated, and faithfully demonstrated in our relationships within the group.