These well-known words of Jesus give us a picture of God's love for children - it is inviting, welcoming, empowering, and safe! We see Jesus' open arms outstretched toward the young ones the disciples were trying to turn away; a posture of blessing and care.
At Bethesda, we believe that "to be effective in ministry we face the challenge of cultivating healthy patterns and relationships, and addressing directly unhealthy ways of relating among us." Ensuring that our congregation is truly a sanctuary for our children is part of encouraging these healthy relational patterns. By working together toward safety for children in our church, we share a common intention for their well-being.
May the process of protecting the children in the care of our congregation, be marked with the hopeful spirit of young people as we travel together on this journey toward growth in caring, trust, and wholeness.