Earley & East Reading
REinspired is growing a network of independent projects open to all churches that share our values and want to use our methodology in developing lasting creative partnerships with their own local schools. Several projects across Reading and beyond are already part of the network. You can find out more about their stories here.
If you are already using our approach, which is explained in our book, ‘The Story of REinspired’, why not become part of the network and share your story?
Contact us on 0118 966 3929 or email office@REinspired.org.uk
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Earley & East Reading
REinspired grew out of a Churches Together school project in Earley and East Reading (CTEER) in 2004, although the model had been working for about eight years before that. REinspired was set up to work with schools within the CTEER boundary that benefits from receiving volunteers from all its local churches.
We now have four teams of volunteers drawn from more than 20 local churches working with the primary and secondary schools:
- Alfred Sutton
- Earley St Peter’s
- New Town
- St John’s
- The Bulmershe School
- Maiden Erlegh, Wokingham
- Maiden Erlegh in Reading
If you are a Christian living or worshipping in Earley or East Reading, or if you have children at one of these schools, and would like to support us, please get in touch. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0118 966 3929.
During 2017-2018 REInspired were delighted to be invited to run a series of sessions at Katesgrove School. These were really well received by the pupils and staff; now, the project is continuing into 2018-2019.
Katesgrove is a town centre school with 90 children in each year. It is an improving school and it is always a pleasure to visit as we are made very welcome and the children are really interested in the what we have to say and the activities they are given.
I took over as volunteer coordinator of the Katesgrove project in summer 2018 and have run two sessions so far this year, with two more planned. The RE coordinator and the rest of the staff are enthusiastic about REInspired and would love to see it rolled out to all year groups. To take advantage of this exciting opportunity to touch the lives of even more children we need to widen the pool of volunteers and gain support generally from local Christians. If you worship at a church in the town centre, have children at Katesgrove or simply feel called to be involved do get in touch. I would love to hear from you.
Lesley Sutcliffe (email@example.com)
South Reading, also known as Whitley, is a close-knit community a few minutes’ drive from junction 11 of the M4.
In September 2017 we did a pilot year working in Geoffrey Field Junior School. It was well received and is now continuing. Geoffrey Field Junior School is a friendly, growing school with around 90 pupils in each year group.
The South Reading team is led by Sarah Horne, the children’s worker at Reading Family Church. Sarah has lived in Whitley for over 20 years and is a qualified Teaching Assistant. She has a lovely group of volunteers from different local churches, but needs to expand the team, so if you would like to help out please get in touch. You can contact Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodley is a thriving town of approximately 26,000 residents sitting between Reading and Wokingham, separated from Earley by the A329 (M).
REinspired Woodley began in 2007 and is already reaching nearly 2000 primary school pupils in Woodley. They are benefiting from 35 different REinspired lessons, delivered to 60 classes.
REinspired Woodley is headed up by Linda Galpin from St James’ Church in Woodley where she is the Children and Families worker. Linda is a mother of four, a trained teacher and a keen storyteller.
Schools that Linda and her team are working with are:
- Rivermead Primary
- Southlake Primary
- Woodley CofE
- Beechwood Primary
- Highwood Primary
- Addington School
Linda is always keen to talk to anybody who is interested in being part of her team of volunteers. You can contact Linda by email at email@example.com.
Caversham lies to the north of Reading separated from the rest of the town by the River Thames. Churches Together in Caversham ran a pilot session in 2011 and on the excellent basis of the response from schools they began to expand the project across Caversham and Emmer Green.
Over the past 6 years, REInspired Caversham have developed partnerships with these schools:
- Caversham Primary School
- Thameside Primary School
- The Hill Primary School
- The Heights Primary School
- Emmer Green Primary School
- Micklands Primary School
- Caversham Children’s Centre
- Highdown Secondary School
In December 2015, REInspired Caversham appointed two new co-project managers, Helen Strong and Caroline Jennings, both active members at Caversham Baptist Church. The vision for the team is to deliver innovative, creative and engaging sessions to ‘every child, in every school and in every year.’
The Caversham REInspired project currently draws on volunteering members of the local Anglican, Methodist and Baptist churches to help deliver sessions. If you are a Christian living or worshipping in Caversham, or if you have children at a Caversham primary school, and would like to support us, please get in touch.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southcote lies just south of the A4 to the west of Reading town centre.
In September 2014 Mary Day took over the management of the Southcote REinspired work. Their work with Southcote Primary School includes a visit to St Matthew’s for each year group, from Foundation to Year 6. From September 2016 the team began delivering sessions to Foundation 2 in the school.
The school is growing and numbers of pupils for each year, Foundation to Year 3, are 90 with Years 4-6 remain at 60.
Mary has a lovely group of volunteers from several different church backgrounds and with the school expanding Mary would love to have your help.
If you are a Christian living or worshipping in Southcote, or if you have children at a Southcote primary school, and would like to support us, please get in touch. You can email us at email@example.com.
Bridgend is a town in Bridgend County Borough in Wales, 20 miles (32 km) west of the capital Cardiff and 20 miles (32 km) east of Swansea. This ancient South Wales parish, part of the Anglican Church in Wales, extends south of the M4 corridor between Junctions 35 and 36. It takes in the communities of Coity, Litchard, Brackla, and the area of Bridgend east of the River Ogmore. We are grouped with the parish of Coychurch.
At least nine primary, junior schools, and infant schools are in the town, though several of the junior and infant schools have merged to form single primary schools in recent years.
Maggie Thorne, formerly from Reading, Headington and Chinnor, is Vicar of St Mary’s church that reaches the villages of Coity, Nolton and Brackla within the community of Coychurch (most of Bridgend). She is also Ministry Area Leader of Penybont ar Ogwr (greater Bridgend). CNB are all St Mary’s, but Coychurch is St Crallo’s.
This REinspired project is with their church school, Archdeacon John Lewis’ Church in Wales primary school and Coychurch primary school. Currently the only people involved are from the local Church in Wales.
Maggie, a trail-blazer for REinspired, tells us, “I started the project here because there was very little going on in the schools and from speaking with school representatives following the a training day, led by Julia Jones, the situation is ‘ripe’. Due to the pandemic all our plans were thwarted just as we’d got going, but now, Summer 2021, we’re gently introducing online sessions.”
The sessions that had been delivered, pre-lockdown, were ‘Creation’, ‘What happens in church?’ and a modified session on Remembrance. Since lockdown we have delivered an online session on Easter and hope to deliver more later in the year. By moving online, our dedicated team hopes that we will encourage more schools across the Ministry Area to support the project. We hope that we will become pioneers not just in the Diocese of Llandaff, but for the whole Province.
If you’d like to know more, please speak with Revd Maggie Thorne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headington lies on the eastern edge of Oxford. Having seen the benefits of REinspired while curate at Earley St Peter’s, Revd Maggie Thorne took REinspired with her when she became vicar of St Mary’s Headington in January 2012 and has since passed the baton to Nick Jackson.
Within six months, we were delivering training to a team drawn from two Anglican churches, a Methodist, a URC and a Baptist church. Then, in the year beginning September 2012, the team, with help from REinspired in Earley and East Reading, delivered lessons on ‘The lost sheep’ and ‘Inspirational Christians’ to St Andrew’s, Bayards Hill and Sandhills primary schools.
If you are a Christian living or worshipping in Headington, or if you have children at a Headington primary school or are an Oxford student looking for volunteering opportunities, and would like to support us, please get in touch. You can email us at email@example.com.
Chinnor is on the Oxford/Bucks borders at the foot of the Chiltern Hills and just a few miles from Thame, Princes Risborough, and the M40. It’s a large and ever-growing village in which there are three churches and two primary schools. Rev’d Maggie Thorne is Rector of the parish and was introduced to REinspired as a curate in Earley. It has so inspired her that she introduced the project to Headington in Oxford, where it has taken root … and now to Chinnor.
REinspired Chinnor is now active in St Andrew’s Primary School and Aston Rowant Primary School and is developing in Mill Lane Primary School.
The team of 15 regular volunteers is drawn from all three of the local churches.
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Revd David Skinner was involved at the beginning of REinspired and has a passion for church engagement with schools. When he moved to become minister of Houghton Regis Baptist Church, he looked for opportunities to develop REinspired’s practice with the local churches and schools.
The team has involved people from all four local churches and in the last nine years have delivered REinspired sessions and assemblies for most of the local primary and secondary schools.
If you are a Christian living or worshipping in Houghton Regis, or if you have children at a local school, and would like to support us, please get in touch. You can email email@example.com.
In Guernsey, the REinspired approach has been taken on by PACE (Practical Assistance in Christian Education) – an ecumenical schools’ team which has been working in all our local primary and secondary schools for over 25 years, Throughout its life, PACE has been involved in providing assemblies and lunch clubs across the island, but the last few years have seen an emphasis on the delivery of religious education, through ‘Walk through the Bible’ programmes (now taught in every primary school) and Prayer Spaces.
Since 2015 we have added a third string to our bow, as we have been using the REinspired methodology to engage more directly with the Guernsey RE syllabus and local schools have been very responsive.
In September 2017, following a second visit to Julia and the REinspired team in Earley, Phil Baskerville joined the PACE team as RE coordinator and has since been able to develop the work. As well as the 4-person PACE team, we now have a growing team of over 40 volunteers and have already taught REinspired lessons in 12 of our 14 primary schools and 4 of our 7 secondary schools.
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