We're encouraging churches across the country to hold a ‘Safeguarding Sunday’ on Sunday 13th October.
Our campaign Safeguarding Sunday is a great opportunity for churches to highlight all they are doing to create safer places and explain what they have in place to safeguard vulnerable people.
It is also an opportunity to publicly thank and acknowledge all those working tirelessly behind the scenes to help ensure their churches have good safeguarding practice.
During the Sunday service, churches will also be able to explain why safeguarding is so important and pledge together as a church to create safer places for all.
Protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message and so churches will have an opportunity to show communities that this mandate is taken seriously.
Peter Wright, head of communications at Thirtyone:eight said “Churches have been asking us for resources they can use to raise awareness of all the things they have in place to protect the people in their care from harm and abuse. Two years ago we piloted the first Safeguarding Sunday campaign and the feedback we had was so positive we’re hoping to build on that success for this year. Churches have told us the impact holding a ‘Safeguarding Sunday’ service has had, including prompting people to come forward and share concerns that otherwise would have remained silent. It’s also a great way to thank those working so hard behind the scenes to get things right. We’d love to see every church in the country getting in involved.”
The Rev June Asquith held a Safeguarding Sunday service at her church in Liverpool. She said “Though our PCC and leaders knew our safeguarding policies, the general congregation may not have had much idea. It was really useful to be able to hang a service on the theme. The video was really useful and enabled us to talk about all of our responsibilities under God's safekeeping. I thought all the resources were really good and enabled us to put together a service very easily.”
Justin Humphreys, CEO at Thirtyone:eight, said: “At Thirtyone:eight we believe it is time to change the narrative that speaks only of the failures of the church in relation to safeguarding. It is time to stand up and be counted in making a positive difference to the legacy we leave to the next generation. This is why we are encouraging churches to host a ‘Safeguarding Sunday’. It’s a great opportunity for churches up and down the country to unite together in committing to making safer places for all.”
You'll be joining with hundreds of churches up and down the country who throughout October will be highlighting all the incredible work that is being done, and sharing the good safeguarding stories from within the church.
Thirtyone:eight has created a pack full of ideas to help churches get involved. These packs include: service plans, posters, prayers, song ideas, activities and preaching plans.
If churches cannot do Sunday 13th October, they are welcome to pick another date in October.
Churches can register their details here in order to access the pack here.