Following on from the Government’s consultation on extremism, the definition of out-of-school education settings now appears to include the Sabbath School division of our Church ‒ children and youth: 19-years-old and under including Pathfinders, clubs, and home schooling etc. The Government intends to register them and thus be subject to risk-based inspection by Ofsted. This approach among other reasons is to tackle extremism ‘in all its forms’ and seek to curb undesirable teaching which undermine fundamental British values.
Dr Brighton Kavaloh, in response to this consultation is inviting all interested members to attend a seminar geared towards how we as a Church approach this and get our voice heard. The seminar will be held on Sunday 5 March 2017, 10:00 am at The Advent Centre, 37 Brendon St, London W1H 5JE.
In responding to this new procedure Dr Kavaloh said, “what if certain values contradict with what we deem as fundamental biblical values? It is important that we too respond to the Government clearly, constructively and in measured terms in the next consultation process. Let us as Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders and members seize this as an opportunity to witness for Jesus Christ and what we stand for.”
Indications so far are that the consultation may be repeated by the Government before the Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill is enacted by Parliament into law.
The seminar is geared towards how we as a Church approach this and get our voice heard. Apparently, we did not respond in the first consultation.