Seventh-day Adventists affirm the right of every child to a happy and stable home environment. Children’s Ministries recognise that children are born with an inherent capacity for spirituality that requires nurture and support. Children’s Ministries also recognise children's ability to effectively share their faith in ways appropriate to their age, personality and giftedness. It therefore encourages the creation of opportunities for children to engage in service for others, along with their families and churches, for the benefit of their communities.
Children’s Ministries work hand in hand with Family Ministries to equip parents and primary carers to disciple their children for Christ. The primary role of the Children’s Ministries department is to partner with leaders at every level of the church structure to facilitate this goal by:
- creating and identifying appropriate ministry resources
- training and equipping children's ministry leaders
- educating and resourcing parents
- educating and supporting leaders and families to help ensure a safe environment for children
Disclosure and Barring Service Checks and 'Keeping Our Church Family Safe' Training
Along with the Family Ministries Department, Children's Ministries oversees the implementation of the church's safeguarding policy, Keeping Our Church Family Safe, to ensure best practice in the protection of children.
Keeping Our Church Family Safe awareness and 'Good Practice' training is conducted at the local church level by the Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP). The local Conference/Mission will be responsible for the training of local church DSP's. Please contact your Conference/Mission for dates of training.
A DBS check is required for all those leading out or volunteering work with children. The local church DBS Clerk (formerly Child Safety Representative) ensures that these checks are conducted. The local church DBS Clerk receives training and guidance from the Conference Executive Secretariat Department or from the BUC Executive Secretariat Department for the Missions.
The DPS and DBS Clerk are distinctive roles but in smaller churches the role can be held by the same person.
Tell a Child, Tell the World
An extensive resource for Children's Ministries produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK & Ireland