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  • 1. Church & School: Key values Or Bringing the Bible out of the Bike Shed
  • 2. Mummy, why are all those people kneeling?
  • 3. 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
  • 4. Tell me … What is it like to have a congregation of 2,500 every week?
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Visiting the Church
    • An historic building
    • A place of pilgrimage
    • Signs and symbols
    • A witness to living faith
  • 7. Be patient! Don’t hurl yourself at the barricades!
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. Witness
    • Evangelism is presence & living
    • Being ‘Christ in the playground’
    • Service is witness in itself
    • Leads to questions and proclamation
  • 12. 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

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