Safeguarding

Revelation Family Church is committed to providing as safe an environment as possible for all those who visit and attend our church meetings, other outreach projects and activities. In particular, we take the safeguarding of children and adults very seriously.

Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of children and adults, and to protect those who may be at risk of harm.

 

As a Leadership Team and Board of Trustees we have appointed a Safeguarding Team to oversee the development and delivery of policy and good practice to ensure that we have a team that provide as safe as possible a place to come and enjoy church and other activities.

 

We want to ensure that as a visitor, parent/carer, or as an adult who may have concerns about their own safety, another adults, or a child or young person, we want you to know you can talk to the leadership team, or our safeguarding team.  We are here to listen and manage your concerns involving the relevant staff or agencies as necessary.

The welfare of any child or adult involved with any of our activities is of paramount importance and we are committed to ensuring that children, young people and adults are valued, listened to and respected.

 

Every person, no matter their gender, disability, racial or ethnic background, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, has a right to be in a safe and caring environment when participating in any activities run by Revelation Family Church and a right to equal protection from any form of exploitation or abuse.

 

Everyone working within Revelation Family Church, including the Trustees, employees and volunteers, are responsible for ensuring that children and adults are safe.

 

We promote the welfare of all children, young people and adults participating in our activities by:

  • following Safer Recruiting procedures when recruiting and selecting new staff or volunteers such as references and DBS checks
  • providing training to all who work with us so that they are aware of their responsibilities
  • ensuring that any concerns of possible abuse are referred appropriately to statutory agencies as necessary
  • identifying and implementing good practice in relation to the care, protection and welfare of children, young people and adults.

 

We also provide our church community and visitors with resources and information leaflets on a variety of safeguarding subjects, including the different forms of abuse and how we or others can help should the issue arise.   These can be found in the Green Room at 104 and we hope you find them helpful.  We are aware that we all need to work together to ensure children and adults at risk of abuse, are as safe as possible.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN:

If you have a concern regarding the safety or well-being of a child or adult then please contact one of our Safeguarding Team on: safeguarding@revelation.org.uk

The Safeguarding Team are:

  • Dan Slatter– Safeguarding Officer
  • Sam Robinson – Safeguarding Deputy
  • Dan Swires-Hennessy – Safeguarding Deputy

 

Where necessary we will work closely with police, local support agencies and children and adult services to ensure we do the best we can for those who are struggling or suffering abuse. Our leadership team are also available, and our pastoral team will be able to pass on a concern should you ask them to.

 

Remember, if you have any concerns that a child or an adult may be suffering from signs of abuse or neglect, please contact someone. You can speak to members of our safeguarding team either on a Sunday or email them to book an appointment during the week.

 

Alternatively, if you have a concern you can talk directly to:

West Sussex MASH: 01403 229 900 or 0330 222 6664 (out of hours)

West Sussex Adult Services: 01243 642121 or 033 022 27007 (out of hours)

NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

OR call 999 in an emergency.

 

Our full Safeguarding Policy is available on request via the safeguarding email address.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

Get in Touch

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Giving

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We are so grateful for every financial gift, regardless of size, and our hope is that everyone feels able to contribute something. If you believe in the vision of Revelation Family Church, then help make it happen!
There are many ways to to give but a monthly standing order is most helpful for us. If you have any questions please feel free to send us a message

1. SET UP A STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR BANK

The most efficient way to give is by standing order. To set up or increase a standing order, or to make a one off donation, please use the bank details below.

Bank   CAF    |     Sort Code    40-52-40     |     Account Number 00019987

It’s helpful for us to have a clear reference for each payment. If possible, please reference as follows:

Standing Orders: ‘Giving’
One-Off Gifts: ‘One off Gift’

If you have set up a standing order it would be helpful to know so please send us a message

2. SUNDAY OFFERING

Every Sunday we take up an offering and there will always be a Giving aid envelope available for you to use and make a financial gift to Revelation Family Church.

3. BLESSING FUND

If you’d like to give towards the blessing fund you can do that by bank transfer and using the reference ‘Blessing Fund’ or by following this link https://revelationfamily.churchsuite.com/donate/fund/a7ngu5hx

THANK YOU!

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Prayer

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Now more than ever it is time for us to put prayer on the forefront of our thinking and what we do, rather than the last thing.

We want to continue to draw near to God together as a Church:

We meet monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm to pray and worship together via Zoom.

We meet every Monday, Wednesday & Friday morning at 7am to pray together via zoom.

If you would like details about either of these two prayer gatherings please get in touch via mail@revelation.org.uk 
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Our Home

104 The Hornet

We are really excited about our new home in the heart of Chichester, which opened at the end of January 2020.

To get to this point was the most incredible journey over the past 18 months with the fingerprints of heaven smudged all over it.

Our excitement stems from the God given vision we have for 104 The Hornet and possibilities it creates for new things to come to help those in need within our community.

We were not building a home for ourselves but for the whole community with a focus on supporting some of the most vulnerable and marginalised.

This is an opportunity to  grow what we do and reach further to those in need.

The funding has been raised from within the church community but also from some key partners and funders. The lead partner in this vision has been Store Property Investments Ltd whom own the site and to whom we are truly indebted.

Over the past 5 years we have been a mobile church using schools, community centres and even a Grade 1 listed buildings to delver all we do as a church and for those beyond it. We will still use other sites around the city but the Hornet will become our focal point.

Oikos Groups

The word Oikos in the NT Greek context stood for the ‘household’, which in society was the basic unit which was a constituent part of the city and therefore the Empire. The household consisted of the basic extended family unit, plus slaves and others connected (60% of those in the Empire were slaves!)

Oikos Groups are smaller in number than existing Life Groups so it is easier to care for one another. There are a range of groups, some meeting online and others in hybrid model of in-person or online.

The groups will be assembled by a host who is responsible for facilitating the group. The groups will do four simple things at each gathering:

  • Check In – How is everyone doing?
  • Read scripture and reflect
  • Pray for each member
  • Take Communion together

Our Oikos groups are a place of belonging, whether you are a part of a church or not you can be supported, loved and known. Our groups are open to all and are a great opportunity to learn and grow together and meet other members of the church. If you’d like to get involved in a Oikos group email the church office mail@revelation.org.uk

Children

Why?

Children are right at the heart of Revelation Family Church in many different ways. It is one of the areas in which we have seen much growth in recent years and we are completely committed to making our community a place that children enjoy and want to be. We want to provide them with a place where their lives and faith can be developed, nurtured and released.  The children’s programme at Revelation Family Church seeks to build on all the best elements of childhood, inspired by the way the Bible encourages us to approach faith like a child. Always at the heart of our various children’s activities is a huge bag full of fun and bucket loads of energy.

How?

Our children’s programmes are run by an amazing team of volunteers, led by Dan Swires-Hennessy, many of whom bring skills from early years and primary education. The recipe for these sessions is a large dollop of Bible teaching, a generous handful of exploration of their own understanding of their place in a faith community, mixed in a colourful bowl of worship using the spoon of fun.

Sundays

For 0-2s, throughout the morning gathering there is a safe play area where parents can play with their children without missing out on the content of the gathering.

Spark: 2-4s (pre-school), 10:45am-11:30am. Learning to love and be loved. Learning Bible stories, singing, crafts, prayer and lots of play.

Fire: 5-7s (year R to 3), 10:45am-11:30am. Finding our feet in our faith. Furthering our understanding of Bible stories, worship, crafts, prayer and play.

Shockwave: 8-11s (year 4 to 6), 10:45am-11:30am.  Growing together in God. Applying what we read in the Bible to our lives, asking questions, playing games, praying, singing and making things together.

Thursdays

The Wave

For 8-11s (year 4 to 6), 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Family Centre on Orchard Street. High energy fun, helping children to go deeper in their relationships with God and one another.

Safeguarding

We operate a Safeguarding Policy working with the national umbrella organisation, thirtyoneeight – https://thirtyoneeight.org/ This works within Safe Guarding guidelines set by central government.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns please contact Dan Slatter (safegaurding@revelation.org.uk) who is our Safeguarding Officer at Revelation.

Courses

We run several courses throughout the year designed to equip people for life and wrestle with some of its bigger questions and challenges. The courses we offer are also run in thousands of churches up and down the length of the UK and beyond. Our courses are open to anyone and also offer a great way of meeting people in the local area.

Alpha
For more local information or to book onto a course please contact us.

Marriage and Marriage Preparation Course
For couples who are already married or who are thinking of embarking on the journey. Contact us to find out more.

Teams

All families function best when everyone pitches in and are responsible for making it happen.  As well as being an important biblical principle, serving is a great way to meet people, catch the vision and feel like part of the family.

Team is a key value of ‘who we are’ as well as the ‘how we do things’ at Revelation Family Church for lots of reasons. Our amazing teams help us to reach far, do great things and love others.

If you would call Revelation your home church we would encourage you to sign up to a team. The ‘ask’ of the teams is that you help out just once a month. Teams also have the added benefit of being a great way to get to know people and feel part of our community. Below are just some of the teams that you could bring your talents and passions to:

Children
Youth
Students
Front of house & Behind the scenes
Worship
Production (AV/PA)
Community projects

We would love to hear from you if you would like to join a team you can contact us here.