Children are welcome in worship!

16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16-17 (ESV)

At Southside Baptist Church in Decatur, AL, children gather with the church for all parts of the worship service as an intentional way of passing on the faith to the next generation. Children learn songs and hymns, hear prayers and Scripture, and, most importantly, watch as the saints worship together.

Southside is prayerfully seeking the Lord and imagining ways to meaningfully and biblically minister to children and families. Pastor Christopher believes dropping off children to another's care so parents may worship is practical, easy, and at times appropriate (he has children of his own...!). However, this approach has obviously failed over the long haul to pass on a love for the church and the faith to the next generation in a lasting way. The church has always been a community of faith, made up of all ages, including children. Yet, the church must be mindful of what ministers best to parents and also to the children.

Southside desires to equip fathers, mothers, grandparents, and children (the next generation of church members!) to BE the church Christ has made them be - during the week and especially when we gather together on the Lord's Day.

Will you join us in this most important effort as we try new things and grow?

Southside Baptist Church in Decatur, AL, considers sexual abuse & prevention a priority. Gospel ministry requires a safe environment for children, youth, volunteers, and employees.

Because of this, Pastor Christopher suspended Youth and Children's activities in January 2020, shortly after his arrival as Pastor, to assess Southside's posture and ensure all appropriate prevention measures are implemented. This suspension has been extended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A process has been underway to review, adopt, and train according to the latest comprehensive policies and procedures to prevent abuse. This work continues as Southside emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, re-imagining what ministry to minors might look like in the post-COVID local church. These efforts comprise an essential, church-wide effort to lay a foundation to build a new decade of ministry at Southside.

Southside Baptist Church has officially adopted the MinistrySafe policies to replace all former policies and procedures. Work is underway to implement them.

Suggestions for improvements are welcome as we learn together how to maintain a safe environment for children and youth in the care of Southside Baptist Church.

Contact Pastor Christopher (256) 274-1780 or the Church Office (256) 353-8814 with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Learn more about Southside Baptist Church's efforts involving Sexual Abuse & Prevention.


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