Church & School:  Key values Or  Bringing the Bible out of the Bike Shed
Mummy, why are all those people kneeling?
Schools present opportunities <ul><li>Every child goes to school </li></ul><ul><li>Every school is part of a parish </li><...
Tell me … What is it like to have a congregation of 2,500 every week?
A mutual relationship <ul><li>Most schools welcome churches </li></ul><ul><li>Links with congregation already </li></ul><u...
Visiting the Church   <ul><li>An historic building </li></ul><ul><li>A place of pilgrimage </li></ul><ul><li>Signs and sym...
Be patient!  Don’t hurl yourself at the barricades!
Opportunities for Mission <ul><li>Prayer on Sundays for children & staff </li></ul><ul><li>Education Sunday </li></ul><ul>...
School being Church (1) <ul><li>Quotes: </li></ul><ul><li>A distinctive Eucharistic community </li></ul><ul><li>If it happ...
School being Church (2) <ul><li>Experience of worship and a Christian environment is ‘Church’ </li></ul><ul><li>May lead t...
Witness <ul><li>Evangelism is presence & living  </li></ul><ul><li>Being ‘Christ in the playground’ </li></ul><ul><li>Serv...
Action plan! Start where you are <ul><li>What are the present links between school and church? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify ...
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Schools present opportunities

  1. 1. Church & School: Key values Or Bringing the Bible out of the Bike Shed
  2. 2. Mummy, why are all those people kneeling?
  3. 3. Schools present opportunities <ul><li>Every child goes to school </li></ul><ul><li>Every school is part of a parish </li></ul><ul><li>Churches make more contact through school than on Sunday </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, high priority ministry </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tell me … What is it like to have a congregation of 2,500 every week?
  5. 5. A mutual relationship <ul><li>Most schools welcome churches </li></ul><ul><li>Links with congregation already </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can offer expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Schools are built for children </li></ul><ul><li>Church building: worship, RE, history etc </li></ul>
  6. 6. Visiting the Church <ul><li>An historic building </li></ul><ul><li>A place of pilgrimage </li></ul><ul><li>Signs and symbols </li></ul><ul><li>A witness to living faith </li></ul>
  7. 7. Be patient! Don’t hurl yourself at the barricades!
  8. 8. Opportunities for Mission <ul><li>Prayer on Sundays for children & staff </li></ul><ul><li>Education Sunday </li></ul><ul><li>Integral part of mission </li></ul><ul><li>Report on work with schools </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage congregation to be involved </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to church building </li></ul><ul><li>Use church for displays, concerts </li></ul><ul><li>Publicise and support events </li></ul>
  9. 9. School being Church (1) <ul><li>Quotes: </li></ul><ul><li>A distinctive Eucharistic community </li></ul><ul><li>If it happens, it includes worship </li></ul><ul><li>Where the name of God is honoured </li></ul><ul><li>She learned to pray at school </li></ul>
  10. 10. School being Church (2) <ul><li>Experience of worship and a Christian environment is ‘Church’ </li></ul><ul><li>May lead to faith commitment – at some time </li></ul><ul><li>Effects go beyond children to staff and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Feels ‘safer’ than a church building </li></ul>
  11. 11. Witness <ul><li>Evangelism is presence & living </li></ul><ul><li>Being ‘Christ in the playground’ </li></ul><ul><li>Service is witness in itself </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to questions and proclamation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Action plan! Start where you are <ul><li>What are the present links between school and church? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify one way that your church and school could serve each other </li></ul>
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