Safe Church Training

Message from The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld

We often forget that the Church has an amplifying, magnifying, and intensifying effect on word, gesture, and touch.  More…

Please register with your Safe Church Minister

Free online training using the curriculum “Safeguarding Our Children” is now available for use by congregations in this diocese.  Each congregation has been assigned their safe church minister who can provide trainees with a unique ID and password they will need to access the program.  Because the program uses video clips, broadband Internet access is essential.  Completion of online training is required in order to attend the follow up in person 3 hour training session.


8:30am – noon Saturday, September 20, 2014 ~  Christ Church, Exeter    Christ Church Exeter invites you to a free CPR training session following the Safe Church Training being held there on September 20. There will be a break for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and CPR training will begin at 1:00 pm. Please email to RSVP or for more information.

Register for Exeter

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 – St. Barnabas, Berlin ~  CANCELLED, may be rescheduled.

6:30pm – 9:30pm Thursday, October 9, 2014 ~ All Saints’, Peterborough 

6:30 – 9:30 pm Wednesday October 22, 2014 ~ St. Paul’s, Concord

8:30am – noon Saturday, October 25, 2014 ~ St. James’, Keene

8:30am – noon Saturday, November 15, 2014 ~ St. Thomas, Hanover

8:30am – noon Saturday, November 22, 2014 ~ St. Paul’s, Concord


Refresher Training is required every 3 years

Anyone in need of refresher training is asked to take the new Initial Safe Church Training

Several of us participated in Safe Church training last November. We learned a great deal about keeping children safe from abuse; harassment among adults; and elder abuse. The Bishop’s Committee  will  take further steps toward compliance, particularly concerning background checks; transparency and visibility in our care for children and elders; and assuring that all church activities are free of drugs, alcohol and firearms.

One aspect we have already adopted is requiring a signed release form before we will use anyone’s picture in the newsletter or anywhere else open to the public. The release forms are available in the back of the church (or below). If you sign one and leave it on the table there we will keep those records for future reference. Children must have a release signed by a parent or guardian before we will use their pictures for any purpose. We will continue not to post personal information such as names and addresses.

 Diocesan Safe Church Policy