We’re hiring again!

We are excited to share this great news with you – we are hiring for 2 full-time schools workers! Please feel free to share this job advert around. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

FULL/PART TIME SCHOOLS WORKERS

Salary £18,000

Christians in Schools Trust is an SU Associate Trust that has a thriving ministry amongst schools in the Stockport area. We currently have vacancies for 2 FULL-TIME Schools Workers to join our team.

Our Vision Statement:
• Sharing the relevance of the Christian Faith with young people
• Supporting excellence in Religious Education and Assemblies
• Encouraging Christian communities to support and make a difference in schools

One position will focus on developing relationships with primary schools across Stockport as well as building on the established work of the Trust. The second position will do the same, but with a focus on secondary schools. Please indicate which post you are interested in when applying.

The role includes:
• presenting assemblies and lessons
• developing projects
• supporting & establishing Christian clubs in schools
• supporting volunteers and local churches in linking up with schools

We are looking for candidates who are committed Christians, who can agree with our Basis of Faith (see website) and have a passion for working with and supporting children and young people. Applicants should have relevant skills and experience; be self-motivated (as the majority of the role will be delivered on an individual basis) but able to work well in a team. I.T. literacy is essential. DBS clearance will be required. Experience of working in either primary or secondary schools would be an advantage. Due to the nature of the work it is preferable that applicants have their own transport. A reasonable mileage allowance is paid.

Apply by email to: chair@cist.org.uk or by post to CIST c/o 8 Highfield Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 6NS with:

• a covering letter describing why you feel you would be suitable for the post and what excites you about it
• a completed “Understanding of Faith” questionnaire found on our website www.cist.org.uk
• a copy of your CV outlining your experience and including names of two references.

The trust welcomes applications from individuals interested in a part time/job share post.
Please indicate in your application if you are interested in such a post.

The closing date for applications is 1st July 2018. Interviews will take place in July and it is hoped that employment will begin in September 2018, for an initial period of two years.

If you need further clarification please email Mr. S. Innes at chair@cist.org.uk

Please find below:

LAST CHANCE to stay!

 

First off, I need to say a big thank you, so:

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Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us last Wednesday and enjoyed some of the wonderful cake featured above! We had a brilliant time sharing stories, worshipping and praising God for his great faithfulness in the past 25 years. Part of that faithfulness has been his provision of amazing, loving supporters. We are so blessed by you, and all your prayers! With that in mind: 

 

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This is your last chance to stay with us! 

We are 4 days away from the implementation of the new GDPR regulations, which means you have 4 days to give your assent that we can use your information. After the 25th of May we are not legally allowed to contact you. So if you haven’t already done it, take a moment now to complete the feedback form! If you are reading this in your email inbox, you will need to follow the link at the beginning or end of the email to the full version of the blog on the website and complete the form there. Complete the form at the end of this message to stay with us!

We hope to see you on the other side!

Happy GDPR!

IMPORTANT: Time is running out to stay….

Important: Time is running out – don’t let it be goodbye!

Thank you to everyone who has already given us their consent to keep your relevant data, and consented to stay in touch with us after the GDPR changes this month. We are so blessed to have you continuing to support us.

For those of you who haven’t got around to it yet – don’t let it slip by you! After the 25th of May we will no longer be able to contact you at all. Today’s the first of May – there are 25 days left for you to decide!

To continue recieving these emails and updates, you need to formally consent to Christians in Schools Trust holding your data. When you subscribe to our email updates, you subscribe to our wordpress blog. The information we keep is this: Your name and email address. 

To confirm that we can continue to contact you and store this information, you need to fill in the contact form below. We need to receive this confirmation of consent form from you by the 25th of May 2018. Without it, we cannot continue to contact you in this way.

Why the change?

  1. Happy you: We will only be sending information to those who want it!
  2. Happy planet: We conserve valuable resources
  3. Happy government: We will be complying with the new GDPR effective 25 May 2018. 

Your support means so much to us – don’t let this be goodbye!

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Newsletter Easter 2018

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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! 

We are so grateful to all of our supporters for helping us get through this busy Easter period with your prayers and comforting words. Thank you!

Well, we have had quite a term! Here’s a little round-up of everything we have achieved since half term!

9 Primary school assemblies delivered

10 Guardians of Ancora clubs in two local schools

13 Primary school R.E lessons across Stockport

15 Secondary School clubs across 3 Stockport High Schools

easter church visit project with Stockport Grammar School 

89 Year 11 students seen with our Exam stress seminar with Lily Jo 

4 Assemblies delivered at Werneth High School 

Multiple High School R.E lessons delivered across Stockport 

One R.E afternoon at Norris Bank Primary School

One Christians in Schools Trust Coffee morning, our first one!

One Christians in Schools Trust Commissioning Service for Josh 

One Christian Controversies Conference visited in Chester

One Christians in Schools Trust Prayer meeting with St Cuthbert’s Church

One Parenting children with mental health workshop delivered at Trinity Church, Cambridge, and 20 parents reassured and educated. 

Roughly 1560 students seen in over 40 Easter sessions in primary schools! 

One Lord and Saviour lifted high and Glorified! 

To hear more about all of these wonderful things and read reviews from teachers and our special letter to you, our supporters, please follow the link here to our most recent Newsletter, here. NEWSLETTER EASTER 2018

We praise God for all he has achieved in schools this half term; all the lives he has touched and all the ways he has strengthened and guided us and allowed us to be tools of his work. We hope and pray that at this Easter time of joy and thanksgiving, you will also feel strengthened and guided by Him towards the mission he has for your life. We are all blessed by God with the purpose to make him known to the world and our community. We hope and pray that at this time of Easter, when we celebrate the culminative moment of God’s mission to save humanity, you will delve deeper into the knowledge of how God desires you to live out this purpose in your life.

May he bless you and your family and those you love with his grace and his peace this Easter time. May you come to realise more fully the radical love and outrageous Grace that we are given through Christ Jesus. May the empty cross reign over your hearts and lives this Easter. Amen.

With Easter blessings,

The Christians in Schools Trust Team

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RSVP to supporter Coffee morning

Hi everyone! 

We are very excited about our Supporter Coffee morning next week on Tuesday the 13th of March at our offices on Chatham Street from 10am – 11am. However, we haven’t recieved many responses from our RSVP request – it would be very helpful to hear from you either way before the event, so please RSVP to Steve Innes at the above details so we can get our cake and coffee ready for you!

This will be a great opportunity for you to spend time with the team and the Trustees and socialise with us. Don’t miss out!

Thank you, we appreciate your courtesy.

Blessings,

Emma and the Team

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: Don’t let this be goodbye.

Important: Don’t let this be goodbye!

To continue recieving these emails and updates, you need to formally consent to Christians in Schools Trust holding your data. When you subscribe to our email updates, you subscribe to our wordpress blog. The information we keep is this: Your name and email address. 

To confirm that we can continue to contact you and store this information, you need to fill in the contact form below. We need to receive this confirmation of consent form from you by the 25th of May 2018. Without it, we cannot continue to contact you in this way.

Why the change?

  1. Happy you: We will only be sending information to those who want it!
  2. Happy planet: We conserve valuable resources
  3. Happy government: We will be complying with the new GDPR effective 25 May 2018. 

Your support means so much to us – don’t let this be goodbye!

1 Thessalonians | Encourage one another | Build up | Bible

You are invited to…. A PARTY!!

We’re having a party!! 

It might not feel like it, friends, but it’s been 25 years! Christians in Schools Trust has been serving Stockport for generations, and we are so pleased to be able to share this precious memory with you all.

To honour it, we are holding an evening of celebration to which we are inviting all of you, our remarkable supporters. Paper invites have been sent out to those not online, and to those of you reading this email, I really hope that many of you will be able to RSVP yes and join us in thanksgiving and joy on the 16th of May. This is not just a blog post, but an official invite which is only being sent to our supporters. This evening is as much about honouring you as honouring our history, and I truly am hoping that all of you can join us for this special event.

To reiterate the details:

16th of May, 7pm for a 7:30pm start, held at Stockport Baptist Church.

Please RSVP to janford732@gmail.com by the 28th of February, 2018. 

There will be worship, videos, prayers, speakers, refreshments, and goodie bags, so don’t miss out! 

Please don’t forget about our Commissioning Service this coming Sunday! 

Let’s support and honour Josh as he expresses his committment both to the role, but also to taking on the responsibility of bringing Jesus to the children of Stockport on behalf of us, the Church. Let’s encourage him and support him by our presence.

A review of Storytelling Week: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Dear supporters, your prayers were an UNBELIEVABLE blessing to us over the last two weeks. There was never a time in schools where we were without volunteers, church support, teacher’s encouragement, and the overwhelming enthusiasm of the students. It has been such a tremendous blessing to bring the bible to young people in this way, and to see the response they have had to learning about God’s word in a new way. Undoubtably, my most encouraging moment of the two weeks, a moment that made all the stress and hard work worth it, was going back to a school we had visited a week earlier with the Storytelling project, and hearing that some students had been so excited to read the full version of the book that we had gifted to their school library, that they had gone home and ordered their own copies online! It was wonderful to hear such genuine enthusiasm and impatience from the children to spend time reading about Jesus.

So once again, THANK YOU! There were moments in the project when I definitely felt the strength of the Lord, and I know that was because of the prayer and the support of you all.

We are so blessed by you, and so I hope and pray that God himself continues to bless you with the strength with which he blessed us all.

Emma and the Team

 

Prayer meeting! Don’t miss out!

Let’s pray together! 

We have an upcoming prayer event we want to make you aware of! We are teaming up with St. Cutherbert’s Church to deliver a Cafe Church Prayer meeting this Sunday. This is a great opportunity to come together and worship, pray, and have coffee and for you to learn more about exactly what it is that we’re getting up to! We get so much out of this time spent with the Christian Community. Sometimes, just working in schools all the time, we can feel a little disconnected from the Church and it’s great to spend some time reconnecting. When we get together in these situations, it’s incredibly encouraging for us to witness your prayers and feel your support in person. The spirit is truly present at these times, and it is wonderful.

So don’t miss out!

Sunday 28th of January, 6:30pm at St Cuthbert’s Church in Cheadle. 

We can’t wait to spend time with at this event!

Blessings,

The Team.

 

 

Preparations are afoot! Storytelling Week and how you can get involved.

The Adventure begins! Wanna join us?

The week beginning the the 29th of January is the start of an exciting new project for us, possibly our most exciting and ambitious yet! What’s the project you might ask? Well, it’s our Storytelling Week project, and what it will do is get the first three chapters of the gospel of Luke into the hands of every students we meet! The Diary of the Disciple is a Scripture Union Union publication that brings the scripture of the gospel of Luke to life, using graphic text, illustration and a narrative voice that draws in students and engages them. We will be giving a hard copy of the Diary of a Disciple to each school for free, and each student a mini copy of the first 3 chapters in a book. The project consists of a carousel of 4 different activities led by team and church volunteers, and each activity takes the students further into the Diary, and helps them engage. We are excited to have 8 schools on board so far, and now we need your help!

The excitement of this project is the great opportunity that there is for a church to connect with a local school and watch young people become engaged with the bible directly. This is an opportunity that you can be involved in!

Of the 8 schools we have booked, we have several that we would like to offer the open opportunity for your church to connect with. If your church is local to any of the following schools and would like to be involved in our project, or if you have a local school that you would really like to offer this project to, please contact us. The schools we are hoping to connect with local churches are as follows:

Fairway Primary School in Offerton

St Elisabeth’s Primary School in Reddish

Romiley Primary School in Romiley

Stella Maris Primary School in Heaton Mersey

If you are part of a local church in one of these areas who might be interested in getting in contact with these schools, then please contact us directly.

We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us in this exciting project!

Samuel Coleridge said that “I have found in the Bible words for my inmost thoughts, songs for my joy, utterance for my hidden griefs and pleadings for my shame and feebleness.”  How wonderful it is that we can offer this gift to young children! A place that they can go where they will be encouraged, and given wisdom, a place where they will find grace and forgiveness. We can’t wait to give this gift to the children of Stockport, and for you to be involved in the process!

Let’s put scripture in children’s hands, and watch the seeds grow in the power of the holy spirit!

Blessings,

Emma and the Team

 

Christmas Newsletter!

We made it to Christmas! 

Since half term we have achieved:

19 Primary school assemblies 

1 Teenagers and Horror culture seminar 

23 secondary school lunch and mental health drop in clubs 

21 Anti-bullying lessons and assemblies

1 ‘Jesus Day’ with a year group at Norris Bank Primary 

200 children understood more about worship at R.E afternoon at Romiley Primary 

4 Resilience lessons for year 8’s with the Lily Jo Project 

1 Prayer meeting at Stockport Baptist Church

1 Mayors Prayer Breakfast at Stockport council 

39 Primary School Christmas lessons 

1 Very exciting Christmas Concert! 

4 R.E worship lessons with Year 1 and 2 

1 Christmas Unwrapped afternoon at St Matthews Church with over 200 children

1 week of Christmas Assemblies at Bramhall High School 

3 R.E lessons with Year 8 on “Suffering”

1 R.E lesson with Year 11 on “War and Peace” 

4 whole year group Christmas assemblies reaching all of Stockport Academy with the real message of Christmas! 

As always, we are thankful for God’s continued grace and provision, and the care and prayer of our supporters. We certaintly have some really exciting events lined up for you next year! These are things you don’t want to miss, so make sure you get them in the diary! You will find them, as well as our highlights from the year, a letter from our Chairman and a report from our Treasurer in our Newsletter here: NEWSLETTER CHRISTMAS 2017

We hope you enjoy it, and that you all have a very Merry and blessed Christmas.

Blessings,

Everyone at Christians in Schools Trust