More than 100 Safeguarding Coordinators and clergy from churches across the Diocese gathered for the first-ever Leicester Cathedral service specifically to thank and pray for them and their work.
The service was planned by the Bishop of Leicester who recognises that safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in our churches is at the heart of the Gospel and therefore of our mission. Illness prevented him from leading the service but the Bishop of Loughborough took his place and thanked those who had come, saying she hoped it would be the first of many such services.
The congregation watched a new video made by Bishop Martyn for parishes. You can see the video on our Safeguarding web pages by clicking here and in coming weeks the video will be made available to parishes to download and use in their own churches and groups.
Bishop Guli interviewed the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Rachael Spiers and Trevor Worsfold, independent chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group.
“We all know that as a church we are on a journey with the public’s perception of us and we want to show to the world that the heart of the Gospel is our care for every individual as a loved child of God,” said Bishop Guli.
Rachael said that the message she most wanted those who volunteer to make sure safeguarding is prioritised in their church or group should know that their work is so important: “We really couldn’t do anything without all of you. What you do is ministry. I hope you go away knowing how valued you are by all of us.”
Trevor told them: ” The Diocesan team is there to support you on the frontline and I want you to be confident to say that your church is a safe place where people feel confident of that,and that people in churches understand the centrality of safeguarding in the Gospel.”
Leading prayers, David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, invited everyone to light a candle to remember one person for whom they wanted to pray within their safeguarding role.
After the service the congregation was served refreshments and thanked for attending the service.