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Missionary Church to parley on children’s policy

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:16 AM
Rev Patricia Salmon
Rev Patricia Salmon
Lesa Richardson
Lesa Richardson

In the wake of increasing hardships being meted out to infants, pre-teens and teens, at least one church organisation has opted to have a formal policy governing how it will interact and relate to children.

The Missionary Church Association in Jamaica (MCAJ) will on Saturday, December 19, convene an online forum to finalise its children’s policy. The forum will take the form of a Special Delegates Conference, involving pastors and invited delegates, which will be conducted via Zoom.

The present draft of the MCAJ’s children’s policy is the fruit of consultation between the denomination and the Office of the Children’s Advocate, as well as other entities dedicated to the care and protection of children.

The special delegates conference will function as a final review chamber before the official children’s policy is officially promulgated.

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison will be the guest speaker at the online event on Saturday. Other presenters include two education officers who are members of the MCAJ. These are the Rev Patricia Salmon, pastor of the Calvary Missionary Church, and Lesa Richardson, Christian education director in the denomination.

The MCAJ was created by an act of Parliament in 1956. It has a membership of 5,000 spread across 44 churches islandwide.