We are a group of people who have been captured by the love of Jesus. We really are a “family” of God’s people (hence the name). Like all families, we love each other, we support each other, we spend time together and sometimes we even disagree and have to work through differences!

This works by having our roots in the love of the Father, being inspired by the compassion and teaching of Jesus His Son and being united in the joy of the Spirit

We are a friendly church who meet on Sundays in a Christian school. We also have strong working relationships and friendships with other local churches, and we are members of Churches Together in Eastleigh.

We have been described as an Oasis, sharing Jesus’ love with people, giving both spiritual and practical support. In a nutshell, we are a lively, loving congregation, serving God's will in the heart of Fair Oak.

We have genuinely found that faith in Jesus helps us in every situation; it gives us peace and strength for daily living and hope for eternity.

If we were described in Christian jargon we would be an independent, evangelical, charismatic church in good relationship with local churches.
A BRIEF HISTORY

We were planted out from the then Eastleigh Christian Fellowship, to Fair Oak in 1989. We originally met in Wyvern School, but since 1995 have met at The Kings School in Allington Lane, Fair Oak.

Paul and Lorraine Trevett were the principal founders of the church. Lorraine Trevett, David Blackburn, Margaret Matthews & Anil Daas are now the principal leaders of Fair Oak Family Church.
VISION

Our vision and aim is to
• Worship God
• To love one another
• To share the Good News of Jesus
• To bring people into relationship with God through Jesus
• Encourage people to make a commitment to God’s church
THINGS WE LOVE AT THE FAMILY CHURCH

We love:

• God our Father who is our generous, forgiving, loving and kind.

• Jesus, God the Son. He is our rock. He’s the one who took all our wrong-doing on himself when He died on the cross at Calvary.

• God the Holy Spirit and we love and encourage His gifts.

• The Bible. We believe it’s the word of God.
‘His word is a light to our path and a lamp to our feet’

• Worship. We love free joyful worship where everyone has opportunity to join in.

• Prayer. We have prayer times frequently throughout the week, sometimes all together, sometimes with one or two.

• People. We want to see them come to know our God.

• To serve.
LEADERSHIP SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

The Leadership of Fair Oak Family Church recognises the importance of its ministry /work with children and young people and adults in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care. We are committed to creating and enabling a healthy culture in ord
er to minimise any coercion and control within our church.

The following statement was agreed by the leadership on: 01.03.2018

This place of worship is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults with care and support needs and ensuring their well-being. Specifically:

o We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

o We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

o All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.

o We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial, spiritual and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults who have care and support needs and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

o We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of the place of worship unless they pose a risk to the safety of those we serve.

o We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and adults with care and support needs.

o We believe in the necessity of creating a healthy culture in our church where the value of all people is recognised and challenges are responded to appropriately.

We are committed to:
Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and adults and good practice recommendations.
Respecting the rights of children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
Following any denominational or organisational guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults in need of protection.
Supporting the Safeguarding Coordinator/s in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children/adults with care and support needs.
Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this place of worship.
Supporting parents and families
Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of children and young people
Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work.
Supporting all in the place of worship affected by abuse.
Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service.

We recognise:
Children’s Social Services (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs.
Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
Where working outside of the UK, concerns will be reported to the appropriate agencies in the country in which we operate, and their procedures followed, and in addition we will report concerns to our agency’s headquarters.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.



We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.
If you have any concerns for a child or adult with care and support needs then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding coordinators for this place of worship.

Mrs. Lorraine Trevett
Child Safeguarding Coordinator Tel 07928 890044

Mr. Anil Daas
Deputy Child Safeguarding Coordinator Tel 07969 109037

Mrs. Lorraine Trevett
Adult Safeguarding Coordinator Tel 07928 890044

Mr. Anil Daas
Deputy Adult Safeguarding Coordinator Tel 07969 109037

A copy of the full policy and procedures is available from Mrs. Margaret Matthews and can be obtained by contacting her on 01962 712519