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