Prayer Spaces in Schools training day

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The team at CYO Colchester are hosting a training day for people interested in running a prayer space in school.

Saturday 27th February 2016, 10am to 4pm
Elim Church, Clematis Way, Colchester, CO4 3PY

The day will be suitable for anyone working in all kinds of school, whether church, community or independent, with stories and practical examples of prayer activities from both primary and secondary settings. Training will include vision and values, a step by step guide on how to set up and run your first prayer space plus information on how to work safely in school and how to respond positively to the pastoral issues that can arise within a prayer space.

The day will be run by Tim Abbott with help from others who have experience of running prayer spaces in schools. As well as his role with CYO Tim is part of the core team for Prayer Spaces in Schools (part of 24-7 Prayer) and for the last few years has led similar training sessions in the UK and Europe.

The day costs £10 per person payable on the day. There is ample free parking at the venue with a chippy and Co-Op store nearby for those who wish to buy lunch on the day.

Please register by emailing Tim: tim@cyocolchester.org.uk

Autumn term forum

Funding and fundraising masterclass

Monday 2nd November 2015, 0930 – 1230 (followed by lunch)
The Discovery Education Centre
The Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 1LS

After a bit of a break and a review of what works, what doesn’t and, crucially, what people really want from the East Anglia Schools Workers Forum, we’re delighted to announce that the next gathering will be on Monday 2nd November, the first Monday after the autumn half term.

We’ve taken the best bits of all that’s gone before, the input from experienced practitioners, time to discuss, share news, swap ideas, lunch… and created a more focussed event. The new format will be just a half day with one ‘formal’ input session and one more ‘forum’ session followed by lunch, all in the fabulous setting of the Cathedral Education Centre and the Pilgrims Kitchen Refectory.

On 2nd November we will be looking at funding and fundraising with Simon Pickering. Simon is Director of Dot to Dot Productions, and loves finding money for worthwhile projects. After coffee and introductions Simon will be leading our first session then after a short break we’ll explore some of the questions raised as well as discussing communications and publicity. We can continue the conversation over lunch before heading home.

The day costs just £10 to cover costs (payable on the day) leaving you to decide how much you want to spend on drinks and the amazing range of food on offer in the Pilgrims Kitchen.

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 20 and you can book by emailing Karen Quinney at Scripture Union  KarenQ@scriptureunion.org.uk

The EASWF team

Spring Schools Workers Forum

Hi everyone. We’re sorry to announce that we’re having to cancel the next gathering which would have been on Monday 13th April 2015.
If you know others who might have been thinking of coming to the day please make sure they know – we’d hate for people to make a wasted journey.

But as an alternative, now you’ve got the day free, how about calling up friends in a neighbouring schools work project and popping over for a coffee, a catch up and a bit of encouragement.

Schools Workers Forum – Monday 3rd November

If you’re a Christian working in a school or schools (from primary to FE) in the East Anglia region we’d like to invite you to the next Schools Workers Forum on Monday 3rd November, the first Monday after half term.

Arrive from 9:30am for coffee before a day packed with opportunities to worship and pray together, share ideas, learn, discuss and network with schools workers from across the region.

Education update – With the continuing updating of guidance to schools Kathryn Wright RE Adviser for the Diocese of Norwich will be bringing us up to date with the latest developments in education, highlighting opportunities to support spiritual development and RE in schools.

Voluntary Groups in Schools – Our main morning session will focus on voluntary groups in schools and will be led by a number of contributors from north Norfolk to south Essex. We’ll look at the various forms of lunchtime groups, extra curricular activities and after school clubs with inspiring examples from around the region.

Working with Volunteers – Volunteers make a huge contribution to many schools work projects, helping with assemblies, lessons, clubs, special projects and behind the scenes support. Steve Whyatt heads up Genr8, an organisation working in dozens of Cambridgeshire primary schools that involves many local volunteers. He will get us thinking about how we recruit, train and reward volunteers so that they, and the organisations they serve, flourish.

Every session includes ample time for discussion so that people can share their own stories and experience in a way that allows us all to learn from each other. And we always allow time for reflection, moments of quiet when you can think through what you’ve heard and learnt and how it relates to your situation.

We’ll be at West Road Church, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3EW (Please park considerately in nearby residential streets) and the day runs from 9:30am (for a 10:00am start) to 3:30pm.

The day costs £15 including tea/coffee and lunch. To book please send an email to Joanna at SU. Please make cheques payable to ‘Scripture Union’ and bring them (or cash) on the day. We’ll provide receipts before you leave.

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Spring Schools Workers Forum

Monday 28th April 2014

As a schools worker you’re committed to building something that will have a lasting impact – in the lives of children and young people and in a ministry that is sustainable.

At previous East anglia Schools Workers Forums we’ve looked at all sort of issues that affect the work we do and the schools and young people we serve. So this time we’ll be turning the spotlight round to check on how we’re

  • taking care of ourselves
  • developing as practitioners
  • investing and building a ministry that will last.

Joining us for a keynote session about how we look after ourselves spiritually will be Mike Simmonds, Director & Education Consultant at GO Ministries. We will also be having sessions on Legacy & Succession Planning, Training & CPD, and How to leave well. There will be plenty of time for personal reflection, feedback and networking.

We will once again be at West Road Church, 68 Queens Road, Bury St.Edmunds, IP33 3EW with refreshments available from 9:30am for a 10am start. We really hope you can join us! As usual, we’ll have plentiful supplies of tea/coffee and will also provide lunch.
All this for just £15.

To register send an email to Joanna at SU. Please make cheques payable to ‘Scripture Union’ and bring them (or cash) on the day. We’ll provide receipts before you leave.

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November Schools Workers Forum

Welcome to a new school year. As the holidays end with a bump and the new term rumbles up to speed we want to invite you to the next East Anglia Schools Workers Forum on Monday 4th November. We’ll be back at West Road Church, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3EW. (Please park considerately in nearby residential streets)

Arrive from 9:30am for coffee before a day packed with opportunities to worship and pray together, share ideas, learn, discuss and network with schools workers from across the region.

There will be two main sessions in the morning which will include plenty of time for discussion.

Using the Bible – How we can be more confident in using the Bible as a resource in schools in a way that is engaging and appropriate.

More than a shoulder to cry on – a holistic approach to pastoral care that enables us to move beyond just being there for the ‘problem kids’ to promoting life in all its fullness.

For the afternoon it’s over to you.

Resources for Easter – Please bring a resource or an idea to share that will help or inspire someone else in their work in school leading up to Easter. This can be something you have already done, are planning to do, or have just heard about. The session will split into primary and secondary sectors.

For all of these session, please come having thought about any examples of good practice or questions they raise for you. Your experience could well be what inspires someone else.

And of course there will be time for a question and answer session to explore and discuss issues relevant to you and your work.

We’ll have plentiful supplies of tea/coffee and will also provide lunch. All this for just £15.

To register send an email to Joannna at SU.

Please make cheques payable to Scripture Union and either send them to Karen to arrive by 25th October or bring them (or cash) on the day. We can provide receipts before you leave.
Karen’s address is PO Box 9994, Hinckley, LE10 9ES

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We look forward to seeing you.