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Safeguarding 


Promoting a Safer Church

Euxton Parish Church is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community.  We have adopted the Safeguarding Policy and Supporting Documents produced by the Diocese of Blackburn which can be found at https://www.blackburn.anglican.org under Safeguarding on the top menu bar.

If you have a Safeguarding Concern or need any additional information then you should speak to either the vicar, Rev Jo Smith or the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Claire Holt  
 

  • As a parish we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.  You can access the Parish Safeguarding Handbook from the link here.
  • Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church.
  • If you have a Safeguarding Concern or need any additional information then you should speak to or contact either the vicar, Rev Jo Smith, or the Parish Safeguarding Officer Mrs Claire Holt.  You can contact our parish safeguarding officer Mrs Claire Holt  on euxton.safeguard@gmail.com or the vicar, Rev Jo Smith, on euxton.vicar@gmail.com
  • We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church.
  •  It is our policy that all those we appoint to work with children and adults at risk undergo safer recruitment and receive safeguarding training and support.  Safeguarding training can be booked from Blackburn Diocese 

 

Reporting a concern

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary. 

Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's Safeguarding team. If the concern involves one of our church officers, please also contact Sharon Hassall direct. 

Sharon's contact details are: 
Telephone: 01254 503070
Mobile: 07711 485170
Email: sharon.hassall@blackburn.anglican.org
Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE

Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:
www.blackburn.anglican.org/diocesan-safeguarding-team
www.blackburn.anglican.org/reporting-a-safeguarding-concern
 
 

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).  Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours).  Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours).  Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm). 


 

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome

The following information is specifically for those planning to visit us for the first time, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Most of our services take place in the Church Building (details below) starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to give you plenty of time to park your car and then find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our sidespeople who will give you everything you need for the service and show you where to sit.

After the 10am service tea, coffee and biscuits (and sometimes cake!) is served in the Community Centre. It is a great way to meet other people from church and enjoy a time of fellowship together.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from the Vicar and usually lasts about an hour. On the first and third Sundays of the month the service is Holy Communion using Common Worship. The second Sunday of the month is when we have our Family Parade Service and the fourth Sunday service is Morning Praise. Neither of these services includes Holy Communion. If there is a fifth Sunday in the month we will have an All Age Service which is often quite lively with something for everyone regardless of how many years young they are.  It's probably easiest to check the calendar to see what is on each week!

If you prefer a quieter, more traditional service then at 8am each Sunday we have a quiet BCP (1662) Holy Communion Service which lasts about 45 mins.

images: Services


Is there a dress code?

No!  Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.


What about my children?

Children are welcome at all of our services, though some are more aimed towards children and families.
2nd Sunday of the month - Parade Service at 10am in church 
4th Sunday of the month - TOAST at 9.30am & 11am in the Community Centre
5th Sunday of the month - All Age Service at 10am in church.

Wednesday's in term time - Early Birds at 9.10am in church (for pre-schoolers and their carers).


Children

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!  You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: 

There is wheelchair access to church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the sidespeople know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a toilet at the front of church with level access from outside.

 

 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
 
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
  
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel welcome and at home at our church.

Best Wishes

Reverend Jo