Training offered at Church Watch meeting

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Area churches are invited to attend a training session aimed at combating child abuse.

The Church Watch meeting Thursday will provide an opportunity for local clergy to discuss the problem of child abuse as it impacts their communities.

Church Watch is a collaboration of the Henderson Police Department, Henderson Fire Department and Vance County Sheriff’s Office and is sponsored by Crime Stoppers.

“We try to get churches and pastors together and focus on different issues they may face,” said Jeanene Clopton, of the South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church. “We as a church have to tackle all kinds of situations and environments. A lot of times, the church gets involved before any one else does.”

She said the program partners with about 40 local churches, and they are requesting that every pastor attend.

Meredith Houchins, Allison Capps and a representative from the Henderson Police Department will make presentations on the topic of child abuse.

Houchins is a supervisor in the Child Protective Services Division at the Vance County Department of Social Services, and Capps in an assistant district attorney in Vance County.

Clopton said they would try to answer questions about the churches role in preventing child abuse.

“Maybe a child tells a pastor or teacher, and then where do you go and how do you handle it from there?” she said. “We hope we are never faced with that situation, but you never know. We want our church community to be prepared if that situation should arise.”

The meeting will be held Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church, 905 Americal Road.

For more information, contact the church at (252) 438-3322.

Questions can also be sent by email to the Rev. Frank Sossamon at fsossamon@nc.rr.com.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.