People with an inclination toward abuse are inhibited when a church is diligent in providing training and education about the nature and consequences of abuse as a violation of God's will and purpose for the church.

In an effort to keep the children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem safe from abuse, we have established a SAFE CHURCH POLICY, adopted by the Session of our church in 2007.  In accordance with the policy and the Pennsylvania State Child Protective Services Law, we conduct screenings, criminal record checks, and child abuse clearances on all church employees (full-time and part-time) as well as all volunteers that work with children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities. We also provide training regarding the safe church policy and protocols as well as signs and symptoms of child abuse and when and how to report. Scripture says, God is concerned with protecting and nurturing children, who are the most vulnerable members of society. (Exodus 22:21-23)

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The Safe Church Policy's procedures and protocols are implemented by an eleven-member Safe Church Task Force. Members of the Task Force are represented by:

• Personnel Committee – Barry Kessler
• Children's Discipleship – Denise Pierson-Balik
• Middle School Discipleship – Jodi Wycherley
• Preschool and Extended Care – Andie Barbehenn
• Children/Youth Choir –
• Safe Church Administrator – Stacey Judge
• Director of Discipleship –
• Director of Executive Duties – Jackie Etter
• Member of the Congregation at Large – Ron Bauer

Thank you so much for doing your part in keeping our children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities safe. If there are any questions or concerns regarding our safe church policy, please e-mail our Safe Church administrator, Stacey Judge or phone 610-867-5865, ext. 206.