Keeping Our Kids Safe

Zack Hudson

In Luke 18:15-17 we read: “People were bringing infants to him so he might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, invited them: ‘Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’”

When we think of Jesus we are often led to the cross and resurrection or the many miracles He performed. I’m thankful that we also have these gentle pictures of how He interacted with people and in this case it’s with children. The disciples were obviously bothered by the children that were being brought to Him yet Jesus “rebuked” them, He told them they were wrong. As a dad, one of the simplest joys I’ve appreciated over the years are the sweet voices of my children as I walk through the door. Before I see them, I hear them shout out “Dad’s Home!” I smile and can’t wait for one of them to come tearing around the corner with open arms ready for a big embrace. Jesus longed for those sweet embraces too, and He wasn’t about to let anyone deny the parents or children a chance to embrace Him.  

As we think about our children and students here at South Tulsa Baptist, we as your church staff want to make sure we are doing the best to provide a safe environment for our church to receive young people. If you volunteer with minors, you have been asked to be background checked, and we are providing a few other steps you will hear more about in the coming days. These steps include Child Safety Training and a review of our Policies and Procedures as it pertains to our different age groups. We appreciate your full cooperation as we desire to safely embrace the children and students who enter our church.

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