Saltash Baptist Church v Hope Baptist Church

Scott Williams Nov 2022

It was a Sunday, but not just any Sunday.

Saltmill was crisp save for the odd bluster as the weather acted all cute despite the fact it tried to kill us all several days earlier. With Hope Baptist Church in town, the Carabao Cup Final to come and Peaky Blinders returning to our screens, it was – forgive the pun, a blinding Sunday. We had only met Hope once before, with a somewhat different squad that resulted in a heavy defeat, and Saltash Baptist Church (SBC) were in the mood for revenge, which I’m told is best served cold. And no-one was colder than Adam Yeap, curling a wonderful chip over the keeper’s head and into the far corner in the first minute, despite claims from the opposition that it was a cross that drew a rueful smile from Adam as he jogged back to the halfway line.  

Things were looking up.

Fifteen minutes into the first half and SBC claimed their second goal courtesy of Adam Y after great link up play with Adam F (bear with all the Adams) and Kit up front.

After Hope pulled back two goals, one of which had a helping hand (quite literally) and shouldn’t have counted, the Adams family were at it again, causing mayhem in the area resulting in a penalty which Adam F dispatched nonchalantly.

This was now a fierce battle with Crump Sr and Will (who was wearing shiny new white boots that didn’t belong to him and told us to keep that to ourselves) martialling the defence well against Hope’s lone striker who kept them busy all afternoon. Hope’s right winger found himself in a tough battle up against SBC’s Ollie who’s running and quick thinking got the better of him in every duel.

Tim on the right-hand side of defence was ever the leader, both coaxing the best out of the team and galvanising the backline in equal measure.

SBC’s captain Scott and his tousled hair kept us in the game during the first half pulling off some athletic saves, with SBC defending the resulting corners well.

Another goal apiece; SBC’s courtesy of the hard-working Adam Y saw us go in at half time at 3-3.

The second half kicked off with Hope on the front foot, as a change in formation invited early pressure that SBC bravely weathered, Tim making some great saves and displaying an air of calm beyond his years.

Jay was working hard as the midfield anchor to stop the attacks, with Noah playing further forward showing flashes of quick feet which bamboozled the opposition and got some of them frustrated to the point of drawing needless fouls (cynics would say that Noah was trying to impress his girlfriend on the side-lines).

Veteran stalwart Paul. and new addition Symon were willing runners and used their experience and nous to give instructions. Joe on the right wing was providing a fantastic outlet and his pace was causing the opposition problems all afternoon after being a late addition to the squad.

What happened next was a flurry of activity as goals went in left, right and (mostly) centre. Two superb finishes from Adam Y came either side of two lucky goals for Hope. With both sides having hit the woodwork, four more goals flew in, two courtesy of Kit – one of which was a strike that was so sumptuous that it was applauded by both sides as both teams cancelled each other out in every area of the pitch.  

Both sides battled fiercely, looking for a winner that never came as the game finished 7-7, a deserved point for both of these sides in a close fought contest.

SBC can be proud of the performance and build on this in the next game which will be played on Sunday 13 March at Saltmill.

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