Safeguarding

Jesus showed his concern for children and vulnerable people by warning others not to do them harm. So, in the work of our churches, we take every care to protect children and vulnerable adults and those who work with them.  Our vetting of people working with these groups, our procedures and our hall letting requirements are to national guidelines.

Reporting Concerns

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for advice and support. If you wish to report an allegation of abuse from the past, or in the present, please do not hesitate to contact us or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. Your information will be treated appropriately and kept confidential.

Beth Miller – (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)

Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY

Email: beth@bethmillerisw.co.uk | beth.miller@durham.anglican.org

Mobile: 07968034075

If you are unable to speak to the Safeguarding Adviser and a child, young person or adult is at immediate risk of harm please call 999.

Toddlers

The Toddler Group is run by volunteers using St Ninian’s Church Hall and is a stimulating happy place for little ones, parents and carers.

Children

Children are welcome at any of our church services and events. Our family service called FOS is especially designed around keeping families involved and engaged. We love their enthusiasm and energy. It is amazing how much the children pick up week on week that helps them grow in their walk with Jesus and how mature they become. And, let’s face it, when you are looking after young children and tired it is good to learn simple truths. We encourage our baptism families to make this service a priority.

6ix 4orty 7even Youth Group

Each Sunday in term time our 6.47 youth group meets @6.47pm for games, activities, learning and worship. We also have annual events including our 24 hours away, our 24-hour sleepover and our events with Y-Journey with a half-term holiday and Nighthawks ( a long midnight walk with a service at dawn).

This is led by our CYP Worker, Mark Harrison and volunteers and it is an ecumenical group supported by other churches and those without a church.

Interested? Contact Revd Mark Worthington or Mark Harrison direct!

Schools Work

We are privileged to take an active part in the life of our local Primary schools:

  • Harlow Green Community Primary School
  • Oakfield Infant School
  • Oakfield Junior School
  • Cedar’s Academy
  • Kibblesworth Academy

Revd Mark Worthington takes assemblies in each school and some classes. He is delighted to help the children learn about the places of worship,

  • the clothes worn in church services,
  • why the churches are built and furnished as they are
  • and how we grow in our relationship with God through prayer, reading the bible and belonging to a worshipping community.