When I first became a mother, my own mother reminded me that this beautiful baby was a creation of God, on loan to me to raise for His glory. I was immediately overwhelmed by the honour and huge responsibility this brought with it. But it is not just parents that are given this responsibility to care for our children. The responsibility rests with all of us as we represent the body of Christ.
As we heard from Anita’s reflection last week, ‘the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it’ (NIV) (Psalm 24:1). God created the entire world including the land and sea, planets and galaxies, animals and people, including children. Therefore, everything we have, including our children, are on loan to us from God and therefore should be honoured and respected for His glory.
According to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, children have the right to be properly cared for and protected from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents and anyone else who looks after them. These rights outline the way in which children should be treated. From a biblical perspective, children have the right to be protected because God created them in his image and because they belong to him.
Unfortunately, as we are all too aware, the church has often failed in its responsibility to protect its most vulnerable members. Following recent inquiries by state and national levels of government, a number of child safety standards have been identified which aim to make institutions, such as churches, safer for children.
As a church, we are going through the process of updating our alignment with these child safe standards. In response to God’s creation of and love of children, we want to ensure we are doing all we can to protect every child that walks through the doors of
More information about this process and the guidelines will be shared in the weeks to come, but in the mean-time please feel free to contact myself, Anita King or Graeme Mawson if you have any questions.
Posted on Fri, October 19, 2018
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