On Saturday Tom, Amy and I were at Kingsland church with about 200 others for Facing the unthinkable, a 4 hour child protection training seminar for Churches run by the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service. CYO is registered with CCPAS to keep us up to date with child protection policy and to do our CRB checks.
David and Pauline Pearson bring over 30 years experience of child protection, and it shows. What was essentially a four hour lecture on child protection could so easily have been tedious; I’ve heard a few people speaking on the subject who seem to have had some kind of interest bypass op. But David and Pauline are great communicators, blending essential child protection information with practical worked examples taken from real situations that they have had to face or advise upon.
Each table had a ‘host’ representing some aspect of prayer or ministry within the town and between each course people were encouraged to move to a different table to meet others and hear about that particular ministry focus. Some of the things that members of the local Boiler Room Community are doing include a couple currently visiting Uganda and a group going out to a Mediterranean country soon to set up the first prayer room in that country. Phil from 24-7 spoke, bringing us back to the timeless principle that effective mission flows from prayer, illustrating this with examples from around the world. A helpful reminder to us about how we fulfil the calling the mission that God has placed on our hearts.