In a nutshell, we believe that Jesus Christ, second person of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), came to earth and died on the cross to save us from our sins (our rebellion against God). Three days later, he rose to new life and is in heaven now.
We believe that the sacrifice Jesus made for us is complete, and freely given to us. And we believe that Jesus has called us all to respond to Him by repenting of our sinfulness and putting our faith in Him as our Lord and Saviour. If we do that, we are saved. The only alternative is our eternal punishment.
We believe that one day Jesus Christ is coming again, and when he does he will judge the living and the dead, and those who have believed in him and placed their trust in him by faith will go to be with him for eternity.
So we do our best to live our lives in a way that honours God – not because being good will save us, but because we’re grateful that God has already saved us.
Hopefully you can see why we think this is important! We call it the gospel (literally the ‘good news’ – that Jesus has made a way for us to be set free to be with him).
There’s lots more we believe, but that’s the most important bits.
Alternatively – an even better way to find out more is to join a Christianity Explored course. We run these from time to time, so if you’re interested, let us know.
We also believe that everyone should be safe in our church
Policy statement on
Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk in Oxlow Lane Baptist Church
The vision/purpose of Oxlow Lane Baptist Church (referred to as ‘the Church’ in this policy statement) is:
We seek to be a growing community of God’s people:
- Wholeheartedly committed to God, filled with His Spirit and maturing as Jesus’ disciples.
- Wholeheartedly committed to each other in deep and caring fellowship
- Wholeheartedly committed to our community in love, service and witness.
The Church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk and for reason of Clarity the following definitions are applicable:
- Child/Children; Any person under the age of 18
- Adult at Risk; Any adult aged 18 or over who due to disability, mental function, age, illness or traumatic circumstances may not be able to take care or protect themselves against the risk of significant harm, abuse, bullying, harassment, mistreatment or exploitation.
As members of this church we commit ourselves to the safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk and ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of Children and Adults at Risk and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
We are dedicated in the pastoral care and support of those who have experienced abuse.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with Children and Adults at Risk.
The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
The church adopts the guidelines of the Baptist Union of Great Britain published in ‘Safe to Grow’ 2011 and ‘Safe To Belong’ 2015.
Each person who works with children and adults at risk will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
In pursuit of this we commit ourselves to the following policies and to the development of procedures to ensure their implementation.
Prevention and Reporting Abuse
It is the duty of each Church member and member of the wider Church family to prevent where possible the abuse of Children and Adults at Risk and the duty of all to respond to concerns about the wellbeing of Children and Adults at Risk and to report any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected. The Church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into suspected abuse linked with the Church.
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 safeguarding of Adults at Risk.
Safe Working Practices
The Church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with Children and Adults at Risk and has adopted a set of procedures for working with Children and Adults at Risk that promotes their safety and well being. (Section 4 of the Oxlow Lane Baptist Church Safeguarding Policy).
A Safe Community
The Church is committed to the prevention of abuse of Children and Adults at Risk. The Church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to Children and Adults at Risk in the community of the Church is managed appropriately.
The Church has appointed Mr. Foluso Odelola as the Safeguarding Trustee to:
- Oversee and monitor the implementation of the policy and procedures on behalf of the Church’s charity trustees/CLT.
The Church has Appointed Mrs Bridget Shu as the Designated Person for Safeguarding to:
- advise the Church on any matters related to the safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk
- take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected
Policy and Procedures
A copy of this Policy Statement will be displayed permanently on the notice board in the Church foyer.
Each worker with Children and Adults at Risk whether paid or voluntary will be given a full copy of the policy and procedures and will be required to follow them.
A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of the Church, the Parents, carers of any Child or Adult at Risk from the Church or any person associated with the Church.
The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed annually.
The policy statement will be read annually at the Church annual General meeting together with a report on the outcome of the annual review.