820 Almshouse Road
       Ivyland, PA 18974
(215) 357- 6998
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Are you interested in volunteering with St. John’s Ivyland UMC and need to complete your clearances? There are a couple of things that you need to know.

  • If you’re new to the church, we want to get to know you. We do ask that people spend 6 months with the church before they begin to volunteer.

  • We need a few pieces of information from you. There are (3) clearances we need to obtain, and usually all (3) are free:  

1. Your PA State Police Criminal Background Check
2. Your PA Childline Child Abuse Clearance Check
3. FBI background check (fingerprints $25) or a letter certifying that you have lived in PA continuously     for the last 10 years.

  • You will also need to attend a Safe Sanctuary training.  For more information on training, please send an email to Susan Seamans. 

Here are the steps to obtain clearances, the original printouts of each must be provided to Susan Seamans before you can begin volunteering:

Please read instructions carefully and send an email to Susan Seamans with any questions.

Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance Instructions for obtaining clearance:

  • Log onto PCBC Instructions:
  • Click on the “New Record Check” (Volunteers only) link.
  • Read and Accept the guidelines outlined on this page. To do this, check the box under “Volunteer Acknowledgement Section” and click “Accept”
  • Submit an individual request. TIP: use “St Johns United Methodist Church” for the Volunteer Organization (no period, no apostrophe)
  • Once you have entered and verified your information, you will receive results.
  • Print a copy of the certification form and submit the document to the Church Office.
  • If the results show “request under review,” follow the instructions on the website to check back for results at a future date.
  • Print the certification form and submit a copy to the Church Office.  

Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance Instructions for obtaining clearance:

  • Fill out Child Abuse Clearance request form online.
    To start click here >
      Clearance Request Form
  • If you have previously obtained a PA Child Abuse Clearance and you have your KEYSTONE ID:
    •   Click on “INDIVIDUAL LOG IN”
    •   Click on “ACCESS MY CLEARANCES”
    •   Log In using your Keystone Username and Password
    •   Follow all instructions, submit personal information and get clearance  results.
    •   It can take up to 2 weeks to receive the results.
    •   Print a copy of the results and submit the document to the Church Office.

[If you are having trouble or you forgot your KEYSTONE ID, send an email to Susan Seamans for more detailed instructions.]

  • If you have not previously obtained a PA Child Abuse Clearance 

Click on the “CREATE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT”
Follow all instructions to create an account, submit personal information and get clearance results.

  • It can take up to 2 weeks to receive the results.
  • Print a copy of the results and submit the document to the Church Office.

[For more detailed instructions on how to obtain PA Child Abuse Clearance, send an email to Susan Seamans.]  

Instruction to obtain FBI Fingerprint Clearance for ministry volunteers who have lived in PA for LESS than 10 years

Note: (If you have lived in PA for more than 10 years, review, sign, and submit Appendix A to Susan Seamans)

  • Go to > Sign Up Now
  • Under “Enter your Service Code to get started:”

           Volunteers enter: 1KG6ZJ

  • Complete the on-line form. TIP: Use “Eastern Conference PA” for Organization Name
  • Make an appointment to go to the most convenient location to have fingerprints taken. IMPORTANT!

Remember to take identifying documents requested on the form with you when you go to have your fingerprints taken.There is a fee to be fingerprinted and should be made by the individual’s credit card, a money order or cashier’s check. You can submit a request for reimbursement of this fee to the Church Office.

To find Fingerprinting locations click here Go_PA_Locations

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