Nyree Squires Feb 2022
I’ve been reflecting on our church’s Sunday’s message ‘It’s okay to fail’. How many times do you think you have failed God and others but not been able to accept it and move on? Well, I’m certainly in that boat. I think as Christians, or even just as those who want to please others, failure is something we don’t want to admit and find hard to recover from. The funny thing is, the Bible is loaded with examples of huge failures from great men and women. David’s adultery, Elijah’s depression, Solomon’s womanising and Sarah’s unbelief, to name just a few. God didn’t need to include these stories in the Bible, but he did
Sunday’s message gave us the image of God reaching down to us with a strong right hand and pulling us up out of our situation, comforting us in our discouragement, fears and doubts. There are plenty of Bible verses that predict we will fail and that we will need God’s mercy. This is one of my favourites:
Psalm 37 vs 23 &24
God anticipates lots of stumbles, or shall we say ‘mistakes’ and ‘failures’, but he is ready for them. He gets it, we are human! So, here comes the real challenge for us. Why are we so ready to point out the failures of others when we hate failing and admitting them ourselves? Also, why do we seem to think that the mistakes of others are worse than our own? May I suggest that it’s a lack of understanding of God’s heart.
Take the woman who was caught in adultery in the New Testament of the Bible. This was a culture when such things were given the death sentence. Every person surrounding her felt they had a right to throw a stone until Jesus challenged their own lives.
“Yes, you can throw a stone if you have never done anything wrong yourself!”
The woman was spared her life and Jesus asked her to stop what she was doing. He did not say what she was doing was okay, but he did want others to show her mercy. So, I am not suggesting that because we don’t want to call out the mistakes of others, everyone can go around doing whatever they want to, or that there is no moral compass. The Bible gives us the example of the best way to live through Jesus. But there is a pattern for recovery in this story, like many others in the Bible. Help, healing, protection, guidance, support and finally turning away from the action (in this case adultery) to change the habit or the lifestyle.
The woman in question wouldn’t have been able to take direction from Jesus whilst people were throwing stones at her and, most notably, He never threw a stone either. As the only perfect human to ever walk this earth, He was the only one who could have. Our responsibility is not to accuse those around us of failure but to reach out, point out a better way and aid their recovery. Perhaps if we are not prepared to do this, then we should step back and, figuratively speaking, put down the stone.
We can look at ourselves and others and know that we are not failures in God’s sight but His precious children, made in His likeness and equipped by His power. When the stones are being hurled at us, our esteem and sense of worth are low, but God’s view of us is so different.
Psalm 139: 17-18
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.
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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.
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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.
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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