Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your path.Proverbs 3:6
Change is scary. Change is intimidating. Change is life-altering. But change is also the very thing that, as a Christian charity, we are putting our minds to bringing about. When we enter a school, when we cross over the premises we are asking God to bring about change in that place. We are hoping that hearts will be changed, that minds will be changed and that ultimately, lives will be changed by the message of Christ’s love.
This week, we’ve been thinking a lot about change as we start to see what shape our year is taking. It always takes a couple of weeks for the dust of September to settle and the schools to finalise their bookings. Last year, we sowed many seeds in planning R.E lessons for every unit of the KS1 and KS2 Religious Education Curriculum. This year, the garden is starting to bloom! So many schools have booked R.E that it seems like an R.E renaissance for our primary workers! Also, the influx of new Primary school clubs has been an unexpected change. Althought it has always been our goal to grow this part of our ministry, God has surprised us with not one, not two, but THREE new clubs this term! His changes are always incredible, and even when we pray for the change his manifestation of it still takes our breath away.
The Trust is also preparing for change inside the team this term. Please read below a note from the Trustees:
A note from the Chairman on behalf of the Trustees,
After almost four years of working with Christians in Schools Trust, our team leader, Emma, has decided it is time to move on to pastures new, and so will be leaving the Trust in December at the end of the school term.
Emma joined the Trust at a difficult time, but has used her gifts to grow the work and develop lots of new projects and R.E. lessons.
The Trustees want to say a big thank you to Emma for all she has done and trust that her plans for the future are rewarding and fulfilling.
The Trustees seek the Lord’s guidance as we look to the future and will be meeting on the 6th of November to discuss our next steps. We would value your prayers for Emma, the rest of the team and the Trustees.
So change is coming to Christians in Schools Trust in many different ways! And like the Trustees said, we trust God for his guidance in all things and dedicate our work to him in prayer.
We would like to thank those of you were able to join us on Tuesday this week for our prayer meeting; it was truly a time of fellowship and gathering and God’s spirit was with us. Thank you to those too, who could not make it but continue to pray for us so faithfully. We are truly blessed.
This week, please pray for:
– Our team! We’ve had a week of what feels like spiritual attacks. Family members have been in hospital, Josh’s car broke down, and both Jen and Sarah have been ill, with poor Sarah laid low by a chest infection! Please pray she has a speedy recovery.
– Our Rooted club at St. Anne’s. Next week is the final week with this particular group of students, and we have seen them grow in confidence and friendship together. Please pray that as we release them back into the school, equipped with lessons of how they are loved and cherished, that they will keep those messages in their hearts and continue to grow in self-esteem.
– Our students who have been impacted by World Mental Health Day. Our weekly assembly this week has been on world mental health day, and we have been doing some work in schools on this topic. It is such an important topic for so many students who struggle; please pray that God guides them towards someone who can listen to them and support them. (Perhaps to one of our many lunch clubs?)
As always, we thank you all for your support.
The Christians in Schools Trust Team