While we realize that no set of policies and procedures can guarantee the protection of our children, we have attempted to find a middle ground between naïve denial and hyper-vigilance. For children, we have implemented a secure drop-off process. Our volunteers ensure that all children through elementary school age travel the halls safely while going to and from the restroom during the Sunday morning children’s programs. Finally, our Child-Abuse Prevention policies provide guidelines for the recruitment, screening, and training of those whom you are entrusting your children.
Our policy requires that each volunteer for any ministry involving children/youth, must complete an application that includes some personal/background information.  Please complete and submit the following documents to Beth Swankler’s mailbox or send to beth@ffbic.org.:
Volunteer Application
Clearance Instructions
Fingerprint Waiver (Complete only if you have lived in the state of PA for the past ten years continuously.)
IdentoGo (Complete this step only if you have lived outside the state of PA within the past ten years.)
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
For our current Policy, click here!
If you have already submitted your application and preceding documents, please complete this Annual Update.
Child-Abuse Prevention
The Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church Board has approved a set of policy guidelines to help protect the children of our church and community against child abuse. We recognize that no set of policies can ever guarantee the protection of our children. We thank God for His grace in the past, present, and future protection of our children; for as in all areas, we are ultimately dependent upon His grace and not our own abilities.
Every person who wishes to work with children from nursery through youth, first of all, needs to have attended Five Forks Church regularly for 6 months. Then, they fill out two forms asking for personal information, areas of interest, and background information. They then are interviewed by a pastoral staff member before they can fill a position of working with children or youth. Two state clearances are done on all volunteers who are in leadership positions, those who go on overnight outings with children or youth, all paid staff persons, and those who patrol the physical building and parking lots during services.
Each year, the church provides training to all volunteers in the area of Child Abuse: how to detect, how to report, how to avoid. Files on all volunteers who serve at Five Forks are updated each year. Feel free to contact the church office if you have any questions regarding this policy.