Jesus showed a deep compassion for children and a strong value of children. Children are more than future adults, they are even now an example of faith for the rest of us. Thus, Jesus welcomed and blessed them.
As followers of Jesus, we also should love, value, and welcome children. Like Jesus, we must cherish not only the faith and openness of children, but also their vulnerability. This vulnerability puts children at risk, but it also places them close to God. Thus, the protection and support of children in the community of faith is very important.
To abuse a child is to take part in the evil in the world. We must take reasonable steps to prevent and bring to an end those things that harm children.
To receive a child in Christ’s name is to receive Christ. We must also strive to enhance opportunities for loving trust that enable adults and children to be joyfully linked together as the family of God.
Our task as a community of faith is to demonstrate that we can be trustworthy; we can be a place where children are not betrayed; and where the value of children and adults sharing life and faith together is treasured. This commitment is reflected in our church’s Child Protection Policy.Download Child Protection Policy