Introduction

In response to the Jerry Sandusky trial of 2011 and other abuses of the Catholic church, the state of Pennsylvania (PA) has enacted multiple pieces of legislation which take effect in 2014-2016. The new laws include requiring the clearance of any adult volunteer or employee (≥18 years of age) who has direct supervision of minors (≤17 years of age). The laws also mandate that anyone with direct supervision of children report suspected abuse (mandated reporters).  While we do not believe a background check can reveal the heart, we also feel Christians are obligated  by conscience to respect civil ordinances (1 Peter 2). Therefore, Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church requires all of it’s volunteers with direct supervision of minors to maintain background checks as required by law. Interested volunteers may find further information linked below.

Additionally, Weavertown and the other three Beachy churches in Lancaster County have formed a Crisis Intervention Committee (CIC) at the recommendation of Lancaster’s Children and Youth organization.  In the event of an offense, this committee will afford Weavertown the legal opportunity to handle the event in a manner consistent with Matthew 18 while maintaining open communication with the authorities and ministry team.  The CIC supplements but does not replace the obligation for Weavertown to maintain compliance with background checks for those supervising minors.

Application:

To apply for approval to supervise minors at Weavertown, you must submit the following items to the Child Safety Team:

  1. Complete Application; print and complete the CST Application
  2. Complete all required clearances
    • You must follow the instruction guide completely for your application to be processed
    • It is strongly recommended you print the instruction guide in order to be able to follow the instructions for each clearance website.
  3.  Submit application and clearance proof to the Child Safety Team in one of the options listed:
    • Scan/email electronic documents to weavertowncst@outlook.com (preferred)
    • Return paper documents to a member of the Child Safety Team.

Following receipt of all items, your application can be processed.

Additional Resources:

Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church Child Safety Policy
Abuse Definitions
Accepted Educational Opportunities
Child Safety Seminar Handout March 2016 (from Glenn Hoover)
Currently Approved Adults (requires login)