Saltash Baptist Church (SBC) v Plymouth Christian Centre (PCC)

Scott Williams Oct 2021

It was an unseasonably warm October afternoon as the sun danced off the brilliant white of the smart new SBC football shirts. Most players arrived with plenty of time to spare examining the pristine Plymstock playing surface, but those coming straight from the morning service were a little later as Tim Parkman’s service drew on longer than necessary…

There was a real optimism in the air as SBC had a well-drilled unit thanks to the regular turnout of the players at training and each player was proudly sporting the emblem of local children’s charity Jeremiah’s Journey. Captain Scott showed true leadership when the referee failed to arrive, he quickly decided to take charge of the game itself.

With quite the cohort of supporters in tow, and young Beth and Joe livestreaming the game to the SBC Facebook page, this felt like quite an occasion – and Scott’s pre-match team talk was about making a statement. After a quick pre-match prayer from the opposition captain, the game itself started with a certain amount of tension, neither team wanting to concede the first mistake in what was a cautious opening few minutes of cat-and-mouse. Alas, it was PCC who undeservedly took the lead with a wicked deflection off defender Jordi Barton, leaving goalkeeper Tim Parkman helpless The first goal allowed SBC to take the shackles off and create chances of their own with Josh Vickers and Jordi Barton having a couple of long range efforts. It was while pushing for the equaliser that Saltash found themselves 2-0 down as PCC caught them smartly on the break and despite some resolute defending from Crump and Pete at the back found themselves further behind.

It was testament to the defence and midfield that the score was only 3-0 after half an hour, with James Parnell using all of his experience and nous on the left of defence to marshal the opposition winger. SBC pulled one back shortly afterwards. A lofted ball into the area was met with a rasping volley from Josh Vickers which the keeper did well to tip over. The resulting corner was a superb delivery from Noah Crump, and following a scramble, fox in the box Ollie O’Meakin pounced first to divert the ball past the onrushing keeper. As half-time approached it gave SBC the chance to regroup and try a change of formation – Jordi acting as a centre forward with Will partnering with Patrick, Pete and Ollie at the back. The second half started poorly for SBC with a couple of quick-fire goals putting them further behind. Credit to the lads themselves, they never once let their heads drop and forced the issue, with Noah’s pace and guile causing problems. Josh covered a lot of ground as he fought for every ball and Jay Vickers brought a calmness in defensive midfield, keeping the ball ticking along to set up attacks and bringing an all-round handsomeness to the game.

SBC showed they were made of stern stuff as first Jay and then Josh were clattered to the ground in poorly timed challenges that showed SBC were getting under PCC’s skin. Joe and Matt, wingers on either side were tireless runners who never gave up anything as they had to feed on scraps with PCC playing a 5-man defence. Credit to them that they enjoyed more possession in the second half, creating chances that on another day would’ve given SBC a fighting chance. Man-of-the-match Tim was in fine form, producing some spectacular saves and keeping the score respectable. 

With ten minutes remaining, Viking stalwart Aaron Fryer came into shore things up in defence and showed great composure. As the game came to an end, it was just a stretch too far for brave SBC, who went over to greet their travelling fans. Despite the defeat, the optimism remained…

…after all, there will be a next time!

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Our Vision

The vision statement of Saltash Baptist Church is “to evangelise our community and beyond, to encourage people to become more Christ-like through discipleship and we are committed to meeting the needs of those inside and outside our walls through ministry. We value fellowship and will come before the Lord in obedience to worship Him.”

  • In fulfilling this purpose the church 
  • Welcome children and adults at risk into the life of our community
  • Run activities for children and adults at risk
  • Make our premises available to organisations working with children and adults at risk

Our safeguarding responsibilities

The church recognises its responsibilities in safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.

As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all associated with the church and will pray for them regularly. In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to this policy and to the development of sound procedures to ensure we implement our policy well.

1. Prevention and reporting of abuse

It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the abuse of children and adults at risk, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and adults at risk. Any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected will be reported in accordance with our procedures. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

2. Safe recruitment, support and supervision of workers

The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and adults at risk, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safekeeping of children and adults at risk.

3. Respecting children and young people

The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children and young people so that all children and young people are shown the respect that is due to them.

4. Safe working practices

The church is committed to providing an environment that is as safe as possible for children and adults at risk and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being.

5. A safer community

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any individuals who may pose a risk to children, young people and adults at risk in the community of the church is managed appropriately.

Safeguarding contact points within our church

The church has appointed the following individuals to form part of the church safeguarding team:

Jeff Howden, Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS)

Jeff will advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected. 

Email address: safeguarding@saltashbaptist.co.uk 

Amy O’Meakin, Deputy Designated Person for Safeguarding (DDPS)

Amy will assist the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) in helping the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected. 

Email address: youth@saltashbaptist.co.uk 

Rebecca Bright, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Verifier and Safeguarding administrator

She will assist the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) with the DBS verification and the general safeguarding administration.  

Email address: safeguarding@saltashbaptist.co.uk 

Michelle Heighway, Safeguarding Trustee

She will raise the profile of safeguarding within the church and oversee and monitor the implementation of the safeguarding policy and procedures on behalf of the church trustees. 

Email address: heighway.michelle@gmail.com  

Our church minister is also an important part of the Church Safeguarding Team. Where possible, the Church Safeguarding Team will work together if and when issues arise. However, each person has a responsibility to report allegations of abuse as soon as they are raised.

Further definitions of these roles can be found in the BUGB publications ‘Safe to Grow’ (2011) & ‘Safe to Belong’ (2015).

Putting our policy into practice

  • A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be displayed permanently on the church noticeboard and church office and is available here on our church website.
  • Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm that they will follow them. 
  • Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm that they will follow them. 
  • A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of, or other person associated with the church. 
  • A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be displayed permanently on the church noticeboard and church office and is available here on our church website.
  • Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm that they will follow them. 
  • Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm that they will follow them. 
  • A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of, or other person associated with the church. 
  • The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed annually, and any necessary revisions adopted into the policy and implemented through our procedures. 
  • The policy statement will be read annually at the church AGM, together with a report on the outcome of the annual safeguarding review

Click here to download a copy of our Safeguarding policy and procedures document

Data Protection Policy

Under Data Protection legislation the church Charity Trustees of Saltash Baptist Church are the Data Controllers and the Church Secretary acts as our Data Protection Officer. We are collecting this information to enable the church to keep in touch with you and provide pastoral support as appropriate.

Data Protection legislation allows us to process this information as we regard it as being in the church’s legitimate interest. Your name and contact details will be entered into our church database which is held on the church office computer and cloud system which is password protected and accessed only by the Ministers, Church Secretary and Church Administrator. Your contact details will be removed from the database once you are no longer a member of the church – unless you ask to remain as one of our “church friends”. We would like to include your name and contact details in our Church Directory which will be accessible through ChurchSuite . If you are happy for your details to be included please indicate where asked to do so. You can ask for your details to be removed at any time.

To enable us to provide adequate pastoral support to you and your family, one of the Ministers may record information which may be regarded as sensitive. This information will be stored (in password protected documents) on the church computer and Cloud System but the password will only be known by the Ministers. This information will NOT be disclosed to anyone else without your consent. You have the right to ask to see any information we hold about you (including the pastoral support information) by submitting a ‘Subject Access Request’ to the Church Secretary. You also have the right to ask for information which you believe to be incorrect to be rectified. If you are concerned about the way your information is being handled please speak to our Data Protection Officer. If you are still unhappy you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office.

LAST REVIEW DATE 2019