Pastors And Parents React To Alleged Rape Of A Child At Winston-Salem Church

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Greensboro, NC-- It's church night on Wednesday at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro. Hundreds show up to pray, read the bible, or rehearse.

Pastors are on hand to coordinate and teach. Children and parents are there to worship. It's a safe place with God at the center.

Many churches across the Triad look exactly like Lawndale Baptist Church.

WFMY News 2 wanted to speak to parents and youth pastors about a horrible instance at a church in Winston-Salem.

Read here: Sex Offender Henry Clifford Byrd Sr. Charged With Raping Child At Church Function In Winston Salem

The Senior Pastor, Dr. Joe Giaritelli, and the Children Ministries Pastor, Arvil Pennington from Lawndale Baptist talked with WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford.

The pastors said they recognize that safety cannot be taken lightly. They work to keep their church a safe place.

"Anything involving the safety and security of children, there have been times we have had to turn someone down," explained Pennington.

Lawndale Baptist Church requires background checks for everyone around children, including volunteers. There is a waiting period, and church leaders check references before allowing someone to be with children. Classroom doors are glass rather than solid. There are always two adults with children at one time. The church holds parent seminars about child safety from time to time.

Chris Brown is a member at Lawndale Baptist and a father of two. Brown thinks you have to be a realistic parent.

"The worst thing we can do is act like it doesn't happen or we live in a bubble somehow. At church, it's real easy to do that. We talk about great things all the time and we have to admit when you get out in this world, it can be really rotten," said Brown.

WFMY News 2

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