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!
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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 Lauren Restaino know if you have any questions.