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How many children do you see on a Sunday morning? Most churches would be excited about seeing a few per cent of local children – and surprised to see many children who don’t come with parents.
What would you give for a meaningful opportunity to explain what Christianity is about and engage with children on spiritual topics, to every child, in every local school, every year?
It’s a priceless opportunity.
It’s also quite possible with our approach if you respect the educational agenda and are committed to a long term partnership with schools in your community.
To fully understand what we do and appreciate why and how it works you should really see us in action, come on a training course or read the book.
But we have summarised how to work with the methodology of REinspired, read more …
Why work ecumenically?
Cross-denominational church projects often adopt statements of faith for participating churches and volunteers to sign up to. For schools work projects these tend to be evangelical, but whether they have an evangelical or liberal slant they can prove difficult for all Christian churches to agree with completely.
As a project which is supported by evangelical churches, it is our belief that it is important to start by understanding what is important to the school.
No one wishing to establish a Christian mission project in another country would do so without taking time to understand the wishes, language and culture of the people among whom they were to work. So it is when it comes to engaging with schools.
In particular it is important to understand the schools’ educational goals, the role of RE, how teachers hope you will help them and why as local Christians you might want to embrace this educational agenda.
Benefits for schools
Community schools don’t favour one faith over another let alone one denomination over another. They certainly don’t want churches competing over access to their pupils.
Our differences are only of interest educationally. What schools want to help children understand is the similarities and differences between faiths. What is it that makes all these denominations Christian? And if they are all Christian why are there differences?
What better way to demonstrate Christian unity than presenting our distinct traditions together and explaining what’s different but also what we have in common.
Benefits for Churches
By working with other churches you start to draw on a larger pool of resources for your project: people, finance and buildings.
Benefits for Individuals
We think you’ll find it refreshing to work with other denominations without needing to defend your own position. Ignore the stereotypes and enjoy the differences, understand them better, see them from the other side. Learn what you value most about your own tradition.
Why work with REinspired?
There are churches and para-church organisations working locally and nationally with schools doing RE, collective worship, and all sorts of things in other areas of the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities. Many do an excellent job, and we have positive links with other schools workers locally and across the country.
So, why would you choose to work with REinspired? We believe that our approach …
- Is well proven and popular in schools in Reading and beyond
- Addresses a need that schools have for making use of field work and visitors in RE
- Provides schools with a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of Christianity often lacking in non-specialist teachers of RE
- Builds lasting relationships with schools that can grow in other areas
- Engages your church in local mission
- Develops members of your church
- Is scalable from one church and one school to many churches and schools
- Is easy to learn
- Is easy to deliver
- Is resilient against changes of staff – on your team and in schools
- Doesn’t rely on having specialist schools workers
- Is successful in working across many churches
- Is a great way to share your faith