Brian Bliss Oct 2021
A good number of years ago, probably during the early years of Jeff Howden’s ministry, we had a visiting preacher one Sunday morning. I no longer remember his name nor can I remember what the subject of his sermon was. However one thing stands out from his visit that morning. Before he left he gave each of us a slip of paper encouraging us to put it into our bibles somewhere we would come upon it from time to time. On that slip of paper was a brief prayer ‘Lord, don’t let me live to be useless’!
I don’t know how many others kept that piece of paper or did more than give it a passing read but I was one who did keep it! I felt the Lord had laid it on my mind at the time and then again subsequently when I came upon it from time to time. I may have long lost that slip of paper but find myself coming back to the prayer again and again over the years, especially at times of stress, or when feelings of inadequacy come or when I just feel a bit down. Sometimes it just comes unbidden into my mind. Always though it brings the reminder that the Lord is there with me, knows me through and through and has a purpose for my life. Perhaps someone reading this may also feel moved to do what I did, make a note of the prayer, use it and keep it for future reference.
However my purpose in this blog is to take the prayer beyond the personal and offer it as a prayer which our church might adopt. In these times of Covid, of climate change, of ongoing violence, hate and wickedness in which we now find ourselves, it is easy to feel lost and helpless, even to experience despair. Yet the Lord is among us and undoubtedly has a purpose for us as a church. So I offer this prayer, dedicating it to that preacher who passed it on to our church years ago:
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.”
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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Click here to download a copy of our Safeguarding policy and procedures document
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