Safe in the Sanctuary Protecting children is top priority

Parents, leaders, and concerned community members attended last week’s program at St. John’s, where they learned ways to protect children from sexual abuse. (Press photo by Molly Moser)


By Molly Moser

Pastor Shane Anderson and Youth Leader Kyle Jaeger, of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, hosted a public child abuse prevention program titled Safe in the Sanctuary: Learn Skills to Protect Your Kids last week. Pastor Darrel Gerrietts and Rev. Mark A. Anderson, assistants to the Bishop of the Northeast Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, led the presentation. 

This program comes on the heels of charges against Roger Carrier, 49, of Guttenberg, alleging five counts of sexual abuse in the third degree. Shane Anderson noted that Carrier was involved in many activities at St. John’s, and commented, “We want to address the issue and raise awareness.”

Following an opening prayer, the assistants to the Bishop introduced the program by explaining that it is one portion of a training course all pastors must take. “It’s our way of saying to the community, ‘We care.’ This is important stuff, and we take this very seriously,” said Mark Anderson.

Continued in the pages of The Guttenberg Press


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