Being a Safe Church

  •  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.