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Statement on Safeguarding

by Living Hope Elders

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Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence

1 John 3:18-19

As a church and people, we always want to represent the love of Christ to everyone and live according to His commands. This means we desire to always focus on that which builds up and believe the best in all circumstances. However, Jesus was full of grace and truth. So it is therefore, with regret, that we feel it necessary to clarify some important information. In light of recent media reports that lend themselves to being misinterpreted and misrepresented, this statement is intended to provide some facts and honour those who work tirelessly across the church to protect everyone.

  • All Living Hope staff and leaders are required to comply with our safeguarding policy which includes stringent police checks undertaken by an independent organisation, Due Diligence Checking (DDC).
  • Anyone serving in any capacity within Living Hope’s children and youth activities is required to comply with our safeguarding policy including stringent police checks undertaken by an independent organisation, Due Diligence Checking (DDC).
  • Living Hope is a full partner in an ecumenical strategy to employ an additional expert safeguarding officer to work across the Isle of Man churches.
  • Living Hope members, in common with all other churches and faith organisations on the island, have only ever been involved with schools by invitation and operating within their guidelines. This includes any discussion of religious faith matters.
  • No Elder from Living Hope has ever taught creationism in schools and neither is this explicitly stated in the Department’s response to the information request, which we have seen.

In the Living Hope family, there are many parents and children involved in schools and youth work, including working as teachers. We encourage this and certainly hope to teach our children to be a positive influence on school and community. It is, therefore, hurtful that anyone might suggest that we are not welcome to play a full and equal part in our community. As John wrote, the love of God is revealed not with careless and negative words but in the actions and truth of the life of every Christian. Let’s continue to meet hostility with love.

Hopefully this statement helps clarify and correct any misconceptions.

Much love

Living Hope Elders

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