Schools work is a real opportunity for those working in churches. I am seconded to a local schools work organisation for 16 hours a week. As part of that I work in two local secondary schools helping to organise a Christian Union and a drop-in lunch club in each.

I then spend an afternoon a week in a local primary school doing ‘detached work’ at lunchtime – hanging around in the playground playing football, teaching RE lessons and then I run a football club after school. In this school over the course of the year I and another schools worker are teaching every ‘Christian’ part of the RE syllabus to the pupils – what an exciting thing to have Christians teaching Christianity to pupils. On top of that I do assemblies and other things such as sports days etc. at that and another local primary school. This has recently led to a school asking me to become an associate governor with the view to helping in the wider context of the school.

It is great to play a part in the wider community and to develop a link with young people for many years – we can follow them from the start of primary school to the end of secondary school if I stay at the church for 14 years!

What links have others managed to set up with people or groups in the local community?

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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