Posted on : Thursday April 15, 2010

By June Holland, BCM/D Missionary for Preschool/Children, VBS and Weekday Education

Jesus placed a high priority on children, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt. 19:14 NIV) With that high priority placed by our Savior on children, we certainly can do no less.

The Bible, in Proverbs 20, reminds us to train up a child in the way he should go. We know that the ministry of our local Baptist churches will significantly help fulfill that scripture. As parents and as concerned Christians, we certainly want our children to be encouraged and instructed in the things of God.

As churches, we are being confronted with issues that require that we be informed about matters which will protect our children from physical or emotional harm. By law, courts are requiring churches to deal with legal matters and safety issues that will assist them to ensure that the churches will not be liable for neglect and will better insure the churches of protecting the child in every possible manner.

We have developed a Safety and Security Packet that contains very relevant material in regards to policies, safety and security issues. Annually, we update these materials, keeping you informed of the issues that should be discussed in your preschool and children’s committees/teams. Many of your decisions and policies will need church action. We desire to help you be informed about all matters concerning legal liabilities as well as inform you of proactive safety precautions which your church may choose to adopt.

As a child experiences security, he begins to develop a sense of trust that will help form a foundation for spiritual decisions later in life.

As missionary for children/preschool ministries, I am ready to assist you in any of these matters. May I suggest that you download this packet at Keep this packet handy for ready use, and as you received updates, add them to your packet.

The BCM/D is ready to walk with you and your church in equipping believers and reaching out to a community full of parents and children.