Child Protection Policy

On September 19, 2011, the Session of First Presbyterian Church adopted a revised Child and Youth Protection Policy. We are committed to providing a church environment that is safe for children and youth and that will protect them from any abuse when they are involved in church-related activities.

FPC adopted the policies and procedures not only to maximize safety and prevent child abuse within its church community, but also to guide and protect volunteers and employees from unwarranted allegations of child abuse.

The child/youth protection policy applies to all employees, volunteers, and any outside groups that may lease or otherwise use FPC’s facilities. Employees are required to attend child/youth protection policy training and undergo background checks.

All volunteers who work with children and/or youth are required to attend child/youth protection policy training and undergo background checks.

Session members, other church leaders, and parents are strongly encouraged to attend the training. Policy training is provided at various times and each session is one hour.

Please contact Lisa Witherspoon to register and arrange for child care. Child care is available during training with at least 48 hours notice.

Read the full Policy here.

Child Protection Policy Process

There are several steps to working with children and youth:

1. Read the Child Protection Policy here.

2. Fill out this application form: Follow the onscreen prompts to complete and submit your Background Screening Authorization. A background check is a mandatory requirement for ministry volunteer involvement with First Presbyterian Church. Be prepared to list three previous addresses, references with contact information, and previous employer information. 

3. Training: The training session is a 1-hour mandatory session to learn about our Child Protection Policy. Please RSVP to attend; we will cancel a training if there are too few people registered. Child care is available with at least 48 hours' notice. Contact Lisa Witherspoon to register and arrange for child care.

4. Approval: It will take about 5-7 days to complete your background check. Unless you hear otherwise, presume your background check is complete and you are now ready to volunteer with our children and youth.

The Vision

Read our vision statement for Children and the Church.

Upcoming Training Sessions

  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 11:30 am
  • Sunday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am

To sign up for one of these sessions, please call the reception desk, 336-478-4799 or email receptionist(at)

If none of these sessions will work with your schedule, let Sara Manchester know so she can make other arrangements: 336-478-4722 or smanchester(at)

Recommitment to Training

If you are a current volunteer, our policy requires that you sign a recommitment to the Policy every year. Click here submit a request to E-Sign your Recommitment to FPC's Child Protection Policy. If you do not receive the e-mail for your e-signature within 36 hours of submission, please e-mail Lisa Witherspoon, lwitherspoon(at)

For Outside Groups

If you represent a group not affiliated with FPC that meets on the church campus and are a supervising member/leader of youth or children, you are strongly encouraged to attend a training session. We will not perform a background check. You do need to E-Sign our Non-Affiliated Groups Utilizing FPC’s Facilities form. Click here to submit a request to E-Sign our Non-Affiliated Groups Utilizing FPC's Facilities form.