Our January Newsletter! – Edited

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Happy New Year! 

We hope this email finds you well and happy and blessed in this new year. We are so pleased to be able to share our Newsletter with you, which this year has some compelling statistics about everything we achieved in 2018, a letter from our chairman, and an introduction to our latest worker, the fabulous Trudi!

You can find a link to our latest newsletter here NEWSLETTER JAN 2019 3 If you can’t see it in your email, please do take the time to click on the link in your email to read the Newsletter online at our website where you will find the link to the latest newsletter.

We hope you enjoy it and take note of the important dates in the diary! Particularly the following events shown in our flyer pictures below: Please check them out on the website if they don’t appear in your email! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

We look forward to seeing you at both events!

With blessings and Happy New Years wishes,

Emma and the Team

 

A Look back from Christmas

A look back from Christmas

Well! It’s possibly been the busiest half term we’ve had in a long time! We are so lucky to have a big team with which we can accomplish so much. Below are just some statistics of our work this half term, but it gives you a flavour of what we’ve been up to!

 10 Remembrance Assemblies for High Schools 

24 High School R.E lessons 

27 Primary Assemblies

37 Primary R.E lessons 

15 dance classes 

11 Primary Remembrance lessons 

7 Guardians Clubs 

7 Rooted Girls Mentoring Clubs

21 High school lunch clubs 

1 R.E day in Primary School

32 Anti-bullying workshops for KS2

1 SMSC day in Stockport Academy – Exam stress workshops 

60 Christmas workshops for KS1 and KS2

1 Christmas concert 

1 Christmas unwrapped with over 60 children 

and 4 High School Christmas celebrations with Chip Kendall Band and Audacious Youth! 

These statistics are impressive – I believe that in the nearly four years I have been in this role that this year is the highest number of Christmas project we have ever done! It’s amazing to think of the number of students that we have spoken to. A general sum of averages shows us that the total amount of students reached with our Christmas message was 1620! 

However, they are just statistics, just numbers on a screen. The real value of what we have achieved is not measured in numbers, though they are encouraging and revitalising to consider. The real value is in the little interactions we have seen. It’s in a group of year seven girls who, over the course of their Rooted Mentoring Group, have travelled from a selection of random, shy, lonely girls to a group of friends who love each others company and even set up an online chat group where they gave each other nicknames. It’s in the children with behavioural problems who act up in our lunchtime club, but when they are surprised with a lesson from one of our team knuckle down and do their best work, desperate to prove to us that they are listening and that they respect us.  It’s in the teachers who pull us aside, again and again, to tell us how valuable our anti-bullying project focused on the world cup England team has been for their students who struggle with retaliation because now they have framework work with which to understand respect. It’s in the students who tell us that we are trustworthy, that they want to talk to us and share their worries and fears. It’s in the year seven student who remembers every detail of an R.E lesson we gave, even though it was seven weeks ago, and asks if we could do part of it again. It’s in the staff and students who rallied around our challenge to draw Christmas pictures that we would deliver to the Salvation Army for their Christmas dinner for homeless people and gave us pictures, handmade Christmas cards, and a tin of biscuits for the cause. It’s every time we get asked: “How did you become a Christian?” and get to share the radical story of God’s love in our lives once again. It’s the children who asked us to bring Bibles to their school so they could read them. It’s all of the questions they have, it’s the light that goes on behind their eyes when they want to know how the world was made, if God made the dinosaurs, and if he really does love everyone. Statistics are lovely, and as a team, we are proud of them, but it’s all of these moments that keep us going. When we are exhausted and tired, and when we look back on the term, we don’t think of the numbers. We think of these moments. I hope you will think of them too.

Thank you again for all your support and prayers. Let us praise God for all he has done this term, and take Christmas as a time to reflect on his great goodness and love for us. 

Merry Christmas, friends, may your festive season be filled with the light of Christ.

Blessings,

Emma and the Team.

 

All about prayer!

Hi everyone!

This post is all about prayer: The prayer meeting we have come up, the prayer requests that we have for the rest of the term…. We hope this is helpful for you in your prayers!

Don’t forget: We have our Teachers prayer meeting at 4pm on Friday 7th of December at our office, 99 Chatham Street, SK3 9EG

This is a great opportunity for teachers of faith to meet together and pray together in community across Stockport. It is lead by our Trustee, Chris Hall. If you have a friend or church member who is a teacher in Stockport, please don’t hesitate to invite them to come. I’m sure it would be very helpful for them!

Prayer requests:

We are entering one of our busiest times of year (as I am sure you all are too!) and as we reach out to hundreds of children with the message of Christ, we desperately need your prayers for our work in the following ways:

  • Prayers for health and strength

    At this time of year, we are all fearful of the various colds and flus running around which are usually rife in schools. Please pray for all of our team that we are able to maintain good health until the end of term to be at our very best for the children.

  • Prayers for good relationships

    Christmas is a time when we have a wide exposure to new and different schools. Oftentimes, our workers will be in schools for the very first time and it is important that they make good relationships there. Please pray that schools are open and accepting and that we build good connections there.

  • Prayers that children will come to know God

    As Christians, it’s sometimes easy to forget how radical and life-changing the news of Christmas really is. We can get caught up in the cultural story of the season, and forget that our true perspective of Jesus is so completely revolutionary to the hundreds of young children who only know the Jesus of a Christmas card. Please pray that the messages we bring about “The Noisy Neighbours” (for Key Stage 1) and “The Well Good Christmas” (for Key Stage 2) really touch the hearts of the children we meet.

As always, we thank you for your prayer and support. It means so much to us, especially in this stressful and wonderful season.

With blessings,

Emma and the team

Autumn Newsletter 2018

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The Lord is faithful to us

We have been so inspired by the faithfulness of the Lord this term. At the end of last term there were many questions to answer: How would we continue to build our team and our work? How would we build our secondary work when Andy left? How would we find the provision to extend the team? What we have learnt over the summer and through this half term is that God is truly faithful. He is the rock, and his works are perfect. We have been reminded that God’s plans have been in place a long time before we began to ask those questions. This term we have extended our team and our work has grown to match. Here’s what we have achieved in the last seven weeks.

8 Year 1 R.E lessons 

5 Year 2 R.E lessons 

3 Be Yourself Mental Health Projects

1 supporter coffee morning 

6 Guardians of Ancora Lunch Time clubs 

1 Year 7 Induction project 

4 Assemblies at Disley Primary School 

6 Secondary School Lunch club 

3 Assemblies at Woodley Primary School 

6 Assemblies at Cheadle Heath Primary School 

1 Jesus Day with Y4 

10 dance classes 

12 Faith in Arts R.E lessons with Y6

1 Jesus day with Y6 

13 Secondary School R.E lessons 

1 All team trip to Hinsley Hall for the annual Scripture Union conference 

2 Diary of a Disciple Workshops

Harvest celebrations for the Heatons School 

Our first “Rooted” meeting, the start of our self-esteem and resilience club with y7 girls. 

Wow! All we could do is praise God for what he has done! Please take the time to read our newsletter – it has interviews with Sarah and Jen so you can get to know them a little better. If you can’t see it in your email, please do look at this post on the website so you can view our newsletter.

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We can’t wait to tell you about everything we get up to this term!

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for our Remembrance project, in coordination with St. Matthew’s Church and the Ministry of Defence.
  2. Please pray for our Anti-bullying project starting the 12th of November
  3. Please pray for our Christmas projects starting on the 1st of December.
  4. Please pray for our new workers, Jen and Sarah, as they learn on the job and experience this very busy season in our work.

 

God bless you all for your prayers and support,

Thank you,

Emma

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Christians in Schools Trust Coffee Morning THIS WEEK!

Hi everyone! 

Thank you to everyone who has sent their apologies about our coffee morning this week – we will miss your company! But for those of you who haven’t RSVP’d yet, there is still time:

Coffee morning, Tuesday the 11th of September (THIS TUESDAY) 10 – 11am 

99 Chatham Street, Stockport, SK3 9EG 

This will be a great opportunity for us to update you with everything we are doing this term, but also for you to meet the newest members of our team, Jen and Sarah, and say a fond farewell to Andy before he leaves in two weeks.

We look forward to spending time with you!

Please RSVP using the form below, or just show up at ten o’clock at the office on Tuesday! We’ll be there, with cake!

Hope to see you very soon! 

Emma and the Team

Christians in Schools Trust Coffee Morning!

Hi everyone! 

It’s great to be back from our summer holidays and back in work – we are very pleased to give you the good news of our holiday club that we are running with Glo Church in Dial Park Primary School on the Offerton Estate. Yesterday was our first day of our four day club, and we had 8 children attend. Today we had 22 children attend! We are really enjoying spending time with the kids, and it’s definitely getting us in the right mood for the schools being back.

I also wanted to let you know about our Coffee Morning which is coming up in two weeks on the 11th of September. This is a coffee morning specifically for our supporters, and is a great opportunity for you to come and hear about the work we are doing and our great plans for the coming term! There will be cake and tea and lots of time to pray and chat! We will also have the opportunity to introduce you to our two new workers, Jen and Sarah! We will be updating our website soon to include their bios, but our Coffee Morning is a great chance to meet them in person and hear their stories. Jen is coming to take over as full – time Secondary Worker, and Sarah is coming on board as part-time primary worker. We can’t wait for you to meet them and pray with them!

We would love to hear if you will be coming to our coffee morning – please fill in the following RSVP form to let us know if you can make it! If you are reading this in your email inbox, you may need to click on the link to read the message on the website to fully view the form.

We hope to see you on the 11th! Thank you so much,

Blessings,

Emma

End of term!

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We made it to the end of Term! 

Wow! We finally made it to the end of term! It’s been a long one, and we have been so grateful for your prayers that sustained us. In the last week of term, I genuinely felt as if I were only being propelled by prayer, especially as I have been down with end-of-term illness since then! So thank you for your spiritual support over the term.

We have so much to share from this term, which is why I am so excited to bring you our newsletter for the summer term, which has a list of great statistics about everything we have achieved, a lovely message from our Trustee, Chris Hall, and a great interview with our secondary worker, Andy Wisdom, who is moving on from Christians in Schools in the new academic year. You can read it here: NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2018 Or you can read it on our newsletters page online! Please enjoy.

The Trust is due to undergo some fun and interesting changes in the new term, as once again, our team transforms. We are very excited for Andy to take his next step in his life journey by pursuing a degree in theology, and we are also excited by the new teammates we may gain in September. Please pray for the Trustees as they continue to deliberate about new appointments and any new people who might be coming aboard. When we have news, we will be delighted to share it with you, but until then please pray that the Trustees have discernment and wisdom in all their choices!

Also, please take notice of the reminder about our upcoming COFFEE MORNING:

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Christians in Schools Trust Coffee Morning 

Tuesday 11th of September, 10am – 11am

99, Chatham Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9EG

Our coffee mornings are a great chance for you to mingle with other supporters, relax, and also hear about our work and maybe even meet our new worker!!

We can’t wait to see you there.

With blessings,

Emma, Team Leader.

URGENT prayer request

 

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The Trustees have asked me to convey an urgent prayer request to you. We have been so blessed in that we have received many applications for the roles we advertised for, however, the Trustees would like you to urgently pray for them as they come together to make decisions about their shortlist this Thursday. They ask that you keep them in your prayers as they seek God’s will and act with discernment in this task of great importance. Obviously, they want to make wise and careful appointments to the trust, and ask that you support them in prayer at this time.

Please pray for “It’s Your Move!” 

Below are dates and times of “It’s Your Move!” sessions in local primary schools. Please pray at those times if you can:

  • Tuesday 03/07: 10am Cheadle Primary, 1pm Fairway Primary in Offerton, 1pm Queensgate Primary in Bramhall.
  • Wednesday 04/07: 9am Stella Maris Primary in Heaton Mersey, 1pm Greenbank Primary in Cheadle Hulme.
  • Friday 06/07: 1pm Mersey Vale Primary in Heaton Mersey.
  • Monday 09/07: 10am Cheadle Heath Primary, 1pm Tithe Barne Primary in the Heatons, 1pm Norris Bank Primary in Heaton Norris.
  • Tuesday 10/07: 10am St Mary’s Primary in Reddish, 1pm Norris Bank Primary in Heaton Norris.
  • Wednesday 11/07: 9am Bolshaw Primary in Heald Green, 1pm Lane End Primary in Cheadle Hulme.
  • Thursday 12/07: 1pm All Saints Primary in Heaton Chapel.
  • Friday 13/07: 9am Pownall Green Primary in Bramhall, 1pm Wilmslow Academy Primary in Wilmslow.
  • Monday 16/07: 9am Broadstone Hall Primary in Heaton Chapel.
  • Friday 20/07: 1pm Prospect Vale Primary in Bramhall.

Thank you for all your prayers,

With blessings,

Emma and the team.

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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

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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!