We extend a special welcome – to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, filthy rich, dirt poor or just about average.
We especially welcome – those who are crying new-borns, energetic toddlers, hyperactive grannies and everything in between.
We welcome you – if you can sing like Pavarotti or like the Rector can’t carry a note in a bucket.
You’re welcome here – if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail.
We extend a special welcome – to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.
We welcome – tired parents, devoted grandparents and god-parents, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters.
We welcome – those who are in recovery or still addicted, and those who have come a long way from what they once were but know they still have a way-to-go.
We welcome you – if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like ‘organised religion’, we’ve been there too! If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. If you made your fortune on the stock market, you are too.
We offer a special welcome – to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work or are here because Gran wanted to go to church.
We welcome – those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost and wound up here by mistake.
We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!
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The Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas Benefice is committed to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and the vulnerable. We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community, and we are fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures. If you are concerned about the Safety of a Child, Young Adult or Vulnerable Person our Safeguarding Representative is Angela D’Silva.
She can be contacted on Telephone 01258 880118 or by email:email@example.com
You can read our Safeguarding Policy by clicking here.
In an emergency dial 999.
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors, Suzy Futcher works 9am-5pm, Monday-Thursday inclusive. Suzy is the first point of contact for urgent safeguarding advice from 9am-9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 9am until 12pm on a Wednesday (via mob 07500 664800),
Jem Carter works 9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday inclusive. He is also available on an ‘on call’ basis until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings (via mobile 07469 857888).
An external Safeguarding service provider ‘thirtyone:eight’ provides out of hours cover from 5pm on a Friday until 8am the following Monday – Tel 0303 0031111 (24/7)