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We acknowledge God as the Creator of the universe, the earth and all life within it. We believe the natural world to be an important resource for our Christian faith. We recognise our responsibility to take an active concern for the environment individually and collectively; through our spiritual worship; through our teaching and discipleship; through our stewardship and service and through the promotion of justice and generosity within our sphere of influence.

Therefore, as a church, we are deeply concerned about the destruction of God’s creation and the effects of climate change. We are also deeply concerned about the devastating effects to the global poor community from this damage. 

We are committed to:

  1. Educating ourselves and others about creation care issues.
  2. Supporting our church family to become more of a ‘green’ church.
  3. Giving advice on sustainable living to lessen the damage we do to the earth.
  4. Exploring how we can change economic policies locally, nationally and globally towards saving the planet. 

We are working through the A Rocha EcoChurch Bronze, Silver and Gold awards with the ultimate aim of becoming carbon neutral and thereby minimising our impact on God’s beautiful creation. 

Whilst awards are fine in principle, it’s realistically down to each and everyone of us to make sure we minimise the impact on the planet.

These values are being reflected within the following categories: 

Our Worship and Teaching

We need to praise and thank God for all his provision within creation. We need to confess when we damage and dishonour his gifts to us and we need to pray for healing of the created world.

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The Sunday morning sermons throughout May this year each had a Creation theme.

Our Church Buildings

We recognise the need to exercise good stewardship in relation to buildings under our care. We need to consider how we conserve and use energy; how we repair and maintain our premises; and how we reduce the church’s impact on the environment. We will consider all our financial transactions in the light of our concern for God’s world.

Carbon footprinting diagram

We are in the process of auditing the carbon footprint of the church building, through AMR Consulting with the aim of achieving net zero emissions by replacing our gas boilers with solar panels. This will mean that we can eliminate the need for external electricity gas supplies. Updates to follow.

Our Land

We seek to review our use of the grounds under our stewardship and promote good maintenance, order, beauty, and wildlife where appropriate.

Bug Hotel

We are allowing part of our church land to re-wild encouraging wildlife to thrive. We now have a bug hotel with further similar facilities to be added. There are plans to extend this re-wilding area with a prayer hut and pond to be added. Updates to follow.

Our Community and Global Engagement

We consider how we can contribute to the local environment as part of our giving, mission and outreach. This includes connection with Saltash Scrapstore, Deli-Bazaar, Saltash Environmental Action (SEA), Plastic Free Saltash and other environmental initiatives whilst growing our connectivity with BMS World Mission. We support Christian development work, fair-trade organisations, conservation and environmental charities as part of our wider outreach.

Our Personal Lifestyle

We put our beliefs into practice in the way we live and witness to those around us. We provide monthly tips encouraging our members in the reducing of carbon footprints; recycling of goods; eating ethical and sustainable food; reducing energy use, ethical financing; taking part in or initiating community environmental activities and enjoying the outdoors.

We circulate two Creation Care Tips each month via our church newsletter, social media and on screen at each Sunday service.

Our EcoChurch Awards Progress

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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