Jesus took a little child, and placed him in the centre of the disciples. (Mark 9:36).
Sanctuary is a space for people of all ages to grow in faith, hope and love, not just the adults. We are committed to being a space where all children are cherished, nurtured, and encouraged to grow in wisdom and stature. This includes children with disabilities, children in rainbow families, children who are neurodivergent, children who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, children in diverse caring arrangements, and others. We actively seek to include children’s views and experiences in our worship services and liturgies, on our website, in organizational planning, and around the management of our facilities. We do not tolerate any form of child abuse, and will do everything in our power to safeguard children against it.
On 1 July 2022, new Child Safe Standards come into effect in Victoria. We have drafted a new Code of Conduct and a new Child Safety & Wellbeing Policy which incorporate the new standards. In consultation with the leadership team and the wider congregation, these documents are currently under review. They will be finalized on Monday 18 July, and uploaded to this page on Tuesday 19 July. If you would like to see a provisional draft of either document in the meantime, get in touch.
On Sunday 26 June, our sermon reflected on the role of the law in setting culture. You can read it here.