Engaging with schools - Regional Resources

Southwest Area

Bristol Schools Connection provide coaching and training to individuals and teams from churches in the Bristol region to help them build supportive relationships with their local primary and secondary schools. We encourage people to pray for their schools as they look to serve them in a wide range of ways: cakes for staff, hearing children read, running a club, hosting a Christmas/Easter Trail, providing RE lessons, Collective Worship or Prayer Spaces.

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South West Youth Ministries (SWYM) vision and passion is that every child and young person in the South West would encounter Jesus, know him, and make a choice to live for more.

As we work and pray towards this vision, our main strategy is to place trainee children and youth workers with churches, local ministries and school work projects throughout the region. We also resource local churches with training events, residentials and leadership development opportunities for young people.

SWYM work with local partners to put positive Christian role models wherever children and young people are. We want to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus and share the love of God with them. We also want to see young people become Christians and then encourage them to be a shining light where they are.

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Müllers: The vision of George Müller is still alive and active today as we continue to bring Christian hope and wholeness to children and young people. We achieve this through four key areas of work: inspiring faith, nurturing family, strengthening churches, and transforming communities. Our work involves partnering with individuals, churches, and charities in Bristol and beyond working in each of these four key areas, believing that that prayer works and actions matter.

Müllers | Bringing Christian Hope and Wholeness to Children and Young People since 1834

 

East Midlands Area

Christians and Sheffield Schools (CASS) offers training and resources to help christians serve schools and to help them to invest in the next generation – 95% of whom are not in Church, but who are in school. Some of the ways 'CASS' does this includes, organising a large annual conference, learning hubs, school chaplaincy training, loaning out resource boxes (e.g. Crosses, grief & bereavement), running a resource website full of ideas & links and training' open the book' groups.

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The Joy Foundation brings Collective Worships, lessons, Fun Clubs and workshops to more than 20 primary schools across Lincoln, enabling hundreds of children each week to find out about Jesus’ love for them.

Supported by a group of faithful pray-ers, who receive regular updates on what we can thank God for in the last month and what to pray for in the month ahead for The Joy Foundation.

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South East Area

Sutton Schools Work is a Christian Charity that is passionate about supporting students in Sutton to understand and explore Christianity and to develop spiritually, morally and socially. Within the London Borough of Sutton there are 45 Primary schools and 15 Secondary schools, and we aim to support all those schools in a variety of ways through Assemblies, RE lessons, Conferences, iwonder spaces, Clubs, Christian Unions, Easter production, Discover Christmas workshops, and Transition to Secondary school workshops. All of this is achieved not just through our Schools Workers and their volunteers but also with the support of churches and their Children and Youth workers.

All our work is underpinned by prayer and every month we send out our monthly prayer update listing all the events in the month ahead and requests for prayer from our Schools workers. We also have a termly prayer meeting where we gather to pray for children and young people in the borough.

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The PACE Trust is a Christian schools work charity established in 1994, partnering with local churches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to provide excellent learning opportunities in schools so that every student can ask their biggest questions, explore the Christian faith and investigate the life and claims of Jesus. We rely on the charitable giving of local churches and individuals, so we are generally able to offer our work to schools free of charge. We do this by providing assemblies, lessons and lunch clubs in primary and secondary schools across BCP.

We also support, train and supervise qualified, experienced pastoral care workers to spend time with students who need extra help and support or just a listening ear. We recognise the need for a multi-disciplinary approach and so it’s a privilege to play a valuable role in the pastoral support systems in the schools we serve.

We gather, both in person and virtually, at least 4 times a year to pray for the work in the schools as well as sending out bi-monthly newsletters to our supporters to enable them to pray continuously in between the meetings.

The Pace Trust

Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group ’26 not out!’ – that’s the number of years the Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group has been operating, having felt specifically directed to pray for the pre-schools and schools in our local community.

We currently pray for 5 pre-schools, 11 infant and junior schools, 5 senior schools and 3 local school-related organisations, meeting monthly during term time, alternating Friday mornings and evenings, usually in a home setting but occasionally in some of our schools. On receiving requests from each of the above we pray for the children, their families, all teaching and ancillary staff and any other school-related issues, giving our full assurance that all requests are treated in the strictest confidence. Each month we focus on a particular school-related topic and encourage the schools to use it as a basis for their requests. This current academic year topics have been New Beginnings, Friendships/Relationships, Mental Health Issues, Family Life, Leadership, social media and Celebration & Achievements, and we have invited guest speakers to a couple of our meetings to share their relevant expertise on specific topics. We also support our schools in practical ways – taking a morning per term at the pre-schools, assisting with fundraising for a school’s particular project, and annually donating Scripture Union publications to several infant and junior schools. We thank God for His faithfulness over the years, for the level of trust that has developed with the schools, His amazing answers to prayer, and recognize He is continuing to open doors of opportunity for encouraging all that there is tremendous power in prayer.

Spelthorne Schools’ Prayer Group

Canterbury Christian Schools Work: What if every child heard and knew they were loved; every teenager was equipped in emotional health; peace was encouraged in every part of school life and the local church was empowered to make a difference in their local school. This is the vision that drives Canterbury Christian Schools’ Work Trust (CCSWT) who provide spiritual and emotional education in Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay & Whitstable. This is outworked through two employed workers (Primary & Secondary) and our team of volunteer mentors. In schools, we deliver self-esteem courses, collective worship, prayer events, lunch clubs and one to one wellbeing mentoring.

We believe prayer is the highest importance of our work. To this end, we encourage our supporters and local churches to regularly pray by providing weekly blog posts, quarterly newsletters and one-off events such as a ‘Pray for Schools Evening’ during prayer for schools fortnight.

Canterbury Christian Schools' Work Trust

Christian Connections in Schools: Wayne Dixon has a passion to point young people to Christ and see them become disciples. He has for the last 30 years worked through Christian Connections in Schools, which has the vision of ‘Making Jesus known to children, young people AND staff in schools of Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead.’ It is in partnership with Scripture Union.

Wayne believes prayer is the most significant contribution we can make to our schools and has encouraged staff prayer groups in two Windsor schools.

CCiS- Christian Connections in Schools

Reach is a Christian charity with 20 years’ experience working with a variety of schools in the Reading area. All our services are provided free of charge. We are funded through generous supporters from churches in Reading.

Our aim is to support schools by enabling young people and staff to reach their potential during school and in life beyond. We do this through:

  • Curriculum Support: We run full RE / PSHE lessons and assemblies to help students explore the Christian faith and life issues.
  • Pastoral Support: We run clubs, staff pitstops and student support to help staff and students cope with the pressures of school life.

We also aim to build a network of support in the community by linking schools with churches and Christians, as well as with other partners and service providers.

Our experienced team of workers and volunteers offer a wider range of support and resources that can be tailored for individual schools.

We have a large group of people who pray regularly for us and for the schools in Reading, and we send out regular updates and prayer requests to our supporters. We also help set up parents prayer groups in those schools and encourage our local churches to join us in praying for the young people we work with.

Reach Schools – Working with schools to reach young people

Christian Outreach in Newbury Schools began over twenty years ago to ‘Take Jesus to School’ in West Berkshire. We work in primary and secondary schools to provide quality activities to enrich the school curriculum with a focus on Christianity.

In ‘normal’ times, our team of three go into schools to run clubs, take assemblies or RE lessons and lead special events such as The Christmas Gift, Easter Eggsplored and It’s Your Move! They can speak to hundreds of children and their teachers every week. At present we are using technology to provide as many of these activities as we can, and to be innovative in reaching out to, and supporting, both staff and pupils.

The future of schools’ work is uncertain; it could be a long time before schools will allow visitors in. We pray that we will be able maintain and even develop relationships and that this will encourage the use of our online resources, as well as make it more likely that schools will be keen to welcome us back when they can. We pray for all students and staff during these strange times, especially that decisions will be made with wisdom and not out of fear.

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North West Area

Christians in Calderdale Schools: Our experienced team (4 part-time salaried workers and many volunteers) offers a wide range of activities to support our Borough’s schools.

We work in both Primary and Secondary Schools and offer ‘It’s Your Move’ books as part of the transition between the two. We pray together at least once a term, often joining in with an existing prayer breakfast or church prayer meeting and thus spreading awareness of our young people.

We have a monthly prayer diary and always include items for prayer in our regular mailings to our supporters with urgent matters for prayer being sent round the trustees.

CICS - Christians In Calderdale Schools

 

Eastern Area

Christian Youth Outreach (CYO) is a community of people, both staff and volunteers, working in Colchester schools and FE colleges. Our work encompasses chaplaincy, mentoring and a wide range of projects that support the pastoral, spiritual and faith development of children and young people.

We’ve been helping young people to explore prayer through our prayer spaces in schools since 2008 and regularly encourage local Christians to pray for schools in lots of different ways.

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North East Area

YoYo Trust: York Schools and Youth Trust (YoYo) is a non-denominational charity which seeks to “bring the Christian faith alive” to the children and young people of York. Established in 1996, we are currently celebrating our 25th anniversary. We have a team of 6 schools’ workers and over 30 volunteers (from 18 churches) who work with and visit schools across the city. We are committed to encouraging people to pray for schools and hold regular prayer meetings.

Our vision is that, during their school years, every child and young person in York sees and hears the Christian faith communicated by Christians in creative and understandable ways. We do this by supporting the delivery of the RE curriculum leading collective worship (assemblies) and ‘reflective prayer space’ sessions; and running regular lunch clubs for Christian pupils and those interested in finding out more. We also offer a range of free online resources.

YoYo Trust

 

West Midlands area

Cross Teach always operates in partnership with local churches, seeing our work as one aspect of the churches reaching young people in their area. This includes participating in and encouraging school prayer groups. We seek to work with churches to ensure every school we work in has an associated prayer group.

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Scotland

SU Groups can be found in schools all over Scotland! They're a great way to share faith with others and grow together.

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Serve Your Local School aims to help churches in Scotland see the potential to play a part in their local school community and to make a real practical difference for the teachers, staff and pupils in the school.

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