Being a Safe Church

There are many ways in which we as a church community strive to be a ‘safe church’. This means different things in different contexts. Below is some of the ways we, as part of the Uniting Church in Australia, uphold our responsibility to provide a safe space for everyone.

 

One way this year we have sought to care for our community in a safe way is by providing First Aid training to 13 church members. These people are  now well equipped to safely support our community. The first aid training included training on using a defibrillator. This year Bowral Uniting Church was fortunate to receive funding through the Veolia Mulwaree Trust to be able to purchase a defibrillator for our facility.  We are very grateful for the support of the trust in being able to further equip our members and further support our local community. Click here for further info about the Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

Lois Macadam has also recently taken on the role of First Aid Coordinator at BUC.

 

 

 

  •  The Uniting Church in Australia believes that all people are made in the image of God and as such we should accept every individual regardless of race, age, creed, or gender.
  • The Uniting Church commits itself to the care, protection, and safety of all people with whom it comes in contact. As a community of faith, we are committed to providing a safe environment for both children and adults to encounter God, to develop relationships as part of a community, and to grow in faith.
  •  As an expression of this commitment, the Uniting Church in Australia recognizes its responsibility to provide worshipping and pastoral communities that are free from abuse and that provide safe environments for all people to explore and express their faith in the Gospel.
  • At Bowral Uniting Church we are a community of Christian people that welcomes everyone. We are a “Church for all people”. To ensure that we provide a secure environment for children and adults by adhering to the Safe Church requirements of the Uniting Church in Australia, we have implemented the following procedures and practices:• Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • ALL people who work with children or come in contact with them in activities within our Church have a verified Working with Children Check number. (https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/).
  • Safe Church Awareness Workshops
    Every member of our faith community is encouraged to attend a Safe Church Awareness Workshop. These Uniting Church workshops of six hours duration align with the National Council of Churches Australia’s (NCCA) Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA) standards. The accreditation from the course requires renewal every three years. (http://childrensministry.org.au/safety-and-protection/scta-safe-church-awareness-workshops/).
  •  Minister and Family Ministry Worker
    Our Minister and our Family Ministry Worker adhere to the Uniting Church Code of Ethics and Ministry Practise. (https://assembly.uca.org.au/images/assemblies/appendixdcoe.pdf).
    These members of staff also attend Safe Church Awareness seminars relevant to their roles.
  •  Lay Preachers
    Our Lay preachers adhere to the Uniting Church Code of Ethics and Ministry Practise for Lay Preachers. Click here to read more. These volunteers attend relevant Safe Church Awareness workshops.
  •  Lay Leaders
    Lay Leaders from every group and activity at Bowral Uniting Church sign a Lay Leaders’ Code of Conduct annually. Click here to read the code. They are also strongly encouraged to attend a Safe Church Awareness workshop every three years.
  • Safe Church Contact Person
    Bowral Uniting Church has a Safe Church Contact person. Click here for more info. Currently, the position is held by Barbara Towers (abtowers1@gmail.com)
  • We will continue to strive to ensure that Bowral Uniting Church is a safe and welcoming space.