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Safeguarding 

Promoting a Safer Church


The Parish of St John Birkdale
SAFEGUARDING POLICY
 
The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 9th May 2022.
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to: 
 
·       Promoting a safer environment and culture.
·       Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility
        related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the
        church.
·       Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
·       Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected
        persons.
·       Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or
        allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
·       Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
 
The Parish will:  
·       Create a safe and caring place for all.
·       Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the
        incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
·       Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for
        children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to
        recognise and respond to abuse.
·       Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities
        involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
·       Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who
        to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
·       Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
·       Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern
        of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including 
        notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory
        agencies immediately.
·       Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of
        abuse, when or where it occurred.
·       Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may
        pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate
        confidentiality and the safety of all parties. 
·       Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments
        are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
·       Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and
        Practices at least annually.
 
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

Safeguarding and Recruitment Officers: Stuart Baker and Michelle Baldeh.

Original signed by Christine Baker
…………………………………………………..                      (Lay Chairman of the PCC)
9th May 2022.
 
Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome to St John's 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am. When you arrive you can be assured of a warm welcome.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits at the end of the service. It is a great way to meet people. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcomers know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a toilet accessible to wheelchair users in the hall.

Our Service

The service begins at 10.30am with a warm welcome from one of our team members along with anything we have to give thanks for. Following this we have a song.  During our services we try to have a balance of traditional, modern and new worship. One of our leaders will then give a bible based talk that we can apply to our everyday life.  After that, we sing again before a time of prayer which will be led by the leader. We then finish with a final worship song. The whole service lasts around 45 minutes.

What about my children?

Children stay with their parent or grown-up, we have an area at the back of church with toys. There are baby changing facilities in the hall  We love having children in our services, they are valued members of our church.

Getting Connected


Growth Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our Growth Groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other.  It's a fantastic way to learn together from God's word.  Check out  Growth Groups and see if there’s one that you could join.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, we would love to hear from you.

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Supporting Southport Soup Kitchen
  • Family Emergency Fund - supporting families through our local Family Well-Being Centre
  • Church Mission Society support 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.

We hope that you will feel at home at our church, we look forward to welcoming you.

The Leadership Team @ St John's