Churches Together in Oswestry District (CTOD) Schools Christian Worker
Sadly, the project has had a term with no worker for the first time in 16 years. Jonny Hardway completed his two year, part time, contract in July, and is now teaching locally and very proud dad. Close to the end of the school year it came as a shock to all of us when Hannah Moore was
offered a job in a very similar role but in Chester, where she lives. We advertised immediately but were unable to appoint so the adverts are out again. Please pray that the next worker is prompted by God's Spirit to apply for the job by 19th Nov, that we call them to interview on Dec 1st and recognise the right candidate in that process.
What we do
We have regular input and involvement in a large number of local schools, both primary and secondary, where we perform a variety of different roles.
We take many assemblies - helping schools to fulfil the requirement for a daily act of collective worship. Our assemblies are fun and highly interactive, and they show how the Christian message is relevant to today's world. We always aim to work to the needs of the schools, either in fulfilling the SIAS curriculum or in covering topics that are requested by the schools themselves.
We help lead groups in several schools that support pupils of a Christian faith or those who are interested in it. These ‘Christian Unions' or ‘Faith Groups' are run with the support and help of the schools and are fully inclusive. We have had students of different beliefs and backgrounds come along to the groups and they are always welcomed. Some have come specifically because they have felt included by the students there.
We take an active part in many RE/PSHE/Philosophy lessons to help schools teach matters relating to the Christian faith. We are often asked to do this because we are able to present the Christian faith in a relevant and respectful way.
We run courses in both primary and secondary schools, encouraging the students to consider their attitudes, values and character. These are the ‘L!fe' course for primary age children and ‘ibreakout' for secondary students. More details of these are available on request.
Services & Events
We also take part in many services and special celebration events in schools during the year, often alongside local clergy.
Jonny Hardway is employed on behalf of our churches to foster the Christian Faith through local schools where they have developed a good deal of trust and respect. The project produces a regular newsletter which is always put in church for people to read.
To read the latest newsletter, go to scwp.org.uk/supporters
SCHOOLS CHRISTIAN WORKER PROJECT PRAYER BREAKFAST VENUES 2017
JUNE 3 rd St John's Church, Weston Rhyn. Please contact Jenni Bevington, 01691 657655
JULY 1st All Saints' Church, Trefonen. Please contact Ann Osman, 01691 654184
AUGUST 5 th Albert Road Church, Oswestry. Please contact Rev Russell Howes, 01691 658596
SEPTEMBER 2 nd St John the Baptist's Church, Whittington. Please contact John or Lynn Carroll, 01691 659385
OCTOBER 7 th Hope Church, Oswestry. Please contact Gill Buckeridge, 01691 653172
NOVEMBER 4 th Oswestry Methodist Church, Oswestry. Please contact Alan Braddock, 01691 654991
DECEMBER 2 nd Cellar Church, Ellesmere. Please contact Brian Catton, 01939 270483
Breakfasts normally take place between 8.00 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, and known supporters receive an emailed notification a week in advance. There is no charge, and all are welcome.
PLEASE TELEPHONE THE HOST/HOSTESS ON OR BEFORE THE PREVIOUS WEDNESDAY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO COME