The purpose of our Youth Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell is to Reach Over to students in our congregation and community, providing a safe, caring and fun environment in order to equip them to Reach Up – learning about God, challenging them to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ, and fostering a desire to Reach Out, providing opportunities to serve others in Jesus’ name and become leaders within the church.
Check out these links for information on all the fun things we have going on this year!
Jaime Staehle is the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell. She grew up in Seattle and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Washington State University. After college she attended Capernwray Bible School in England and Austria and received her Certificate in Biblical Studies. She has also received a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Seminary and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Christian Educator within the PC(USA). Jaime has ministered to youth at several congregations in Washington State and New Jersey. She lives with her husband Will and cat Marvin in Lake Hiawatha.
You can contact Jaime in a variety of ways:
At Church – 973-228-0310 ext. 214
On her Cell Phone – 973-954-8404
Via Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Through Facebook – Jaime Staehle
Follow us on Twitter – @FPCaldwellYouth
Follow us on Instagram – http://instagram.com/fpcaldwellyouth
Or you can stop by her office located on the 2nd floor of the church at the end of the Sunday School hallway! She even has a cookie jar!
Youth Protection Policy
Our Youth Protection Policy outlines guidelines for volunteers and staff working with children and youth in our church. Among other things, it limits the chances of adults and children being in one-on-one situations, sets standards for emergency procedures, and helps volunteers and staff recognize the signs of child abuse.
All volunteers and staff who work with children and youth at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell are asked to read the policy and agree to abide by its guidelines. Furthermore, all volunteers and staff who work with children and youth are asked to undergo a background check. We have chosen to use an organization called Protect My Ministry, a company that provides us with background checks, an online database of all our volunteers, and Child Safety Training. After volunteers have completed background checks, they are asked to participate in our Child Safety Training. They will watch a series of videos on recognizing the signs of child abuse, protecting yourself from false accusations, and recognizing child molesters. Following the videos they will be asked to take a quiz and each person who completes the quiz will receive a certificate which we can keep on file at the church.
While these new policies and procedures may seem tedious and time consuming, we are committed to the safety of our children and youth, as well as the protection of our volunteers and staff from false accusations.
Please let Jaime Staehle know if you have any questions.