I am a children's pastor and I have a question about whether parents' signatures on permission slips should be notarized. A member of my church said to me, "Do you know how much a notarized signature is worth in court? About the paper it is written on."
I disagree. A signature that is authenticated by a notary raises a virtually irrebuttable presumption that the signature is valid. It is simply not true that a notarized signature is of no value.
Churches should not allow a minor child to participate in any church activity (such as camping, boating, swimming, hiking, overnight trips, or some sporting events) unless the child's parents or legal guardians sign a form that:
- consents to their child participating in the specified activity;
- certifies that the child is able to participate in the event (e.g., if the activity involves boating or swimming, the parents or guardians should certify that the child is able to swim);