Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 19 :13-14, ESV)
We at New Life in Christ Church (NLICC) believe that children are a sacred trust given to us by a just and loving God. We have the enormous opportunity to help children see their dignity as a child created in God’s image and to point them to eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. This time of life is critical for children as statistics show that most professing adults made decisions to follow Christ as children.
We are committed to provide a nurturing and vibrant Christian environment that will foster our children’s faith for a lifetime of walking with God (Psalm 78:5-8) and discipleship to Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:14; 28:19-20).
Child sexual abuse is one of the greatest threats to our mission to disciple children. It communicates lies about the love of God, a child’s value as human beings, and the trustworthiness of Jesus Christ. To that end, NLICC will work for the safety, welfare, and protection of all children and youth with whom we come into contact, and we commit ourselves to high standards of child protection within our own programs and activities.
In an effort to reduce the possibility that any child or youth will be subjected to sexual abuse, NLICC has established this policy to increase awareness within our ministry to ensure the security and welfare of the children and the volunteers who work with them.
The policy also addresses vitally important topics including the warning signs of abuse, how to respond to abuse allegations and care for victims, and how to report abuse disclosures.
Any concerns or questions about the implementation of the plan should be directed to a pastor or the Session of the church.
Thank you for your ministry to children and to your commitment to their safety.
Faithfully Yours in the discipleship of children,
New Life in Christ Church
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD.”
(Psalm 127:3, NASB)
New Life in Christ Church has implemented a Child Protection Policy to provide a safe learning environment for all children.