Our Schools Work takes place in local schools where members of the team take the message of the Bible as well as the love of God. We have team members who are trained in specific ministries such as Godly Play, Open the Book, and Bible Explorers. We also have a professional Children’s Worker, Paul Willmott, who regularly visits schools to do assemblies with his own brand of Bible based expertise.
Each month Paul Willmott visits; Amblecote, Brook, Hawbush and Bromley-Pensnett primary schools. With the help of Kato the lion and other puppet characters, Paul leads Bible based assemblies for the whole school. And also a Bible story time with reception and nursery at Amblecote primary.
Paul shares Bible truths with around 1200 kids and adults in assembly. Paul is also makes time to chat with staff before and after assembly, building relationships.
Would you like to see what happens in school ? Why not join me for a visit, I would love to here from you.
Visit www.paulwillmott.com for more information.
Open the book
In an age where children in schools could easily miss out on learning about Adam and Eve, Noah, David, Jonah … or even the life of Jesus and the stories of the New Testament, Open the Book provides a way of taking the Bible into schools.
Our team of volunteer storytellers use drama, mime, props, costume – even the children and staff themselves – to present Bible stories in ways that are lively, engaging, informative … and great fun for everyone involved! Each session is around 10 minutes long and ends with a short prayer.
We go regularly into Brierley Hill and Ambelcote Primary schools. We also visit Chaddersley Corbett Primary School once every half term.
The team is headed up by Madge Martin.
Bible Explorer is a fun way of getting children excited about RE and helps them to discover that the Bible isn’t a boring, old, irrelevant book. It is an educational programme taught exclusively in schools to children in Key Stage 2, years 5 & 6. The aim is to teach children the storyline of the Bible by using storytelling, drama, videos, multi-media and more
Madge has recently undertaken the training for this initiative and is hoping to get it up and running in schools very soon.
Barbara Burrows has been trained in the practice of Godly Play. She explains,
“Godly play is a style of telling bible stories which we use both within the children’s work in church and also in schools. It is designed to be used ideally with small groups of children and invites the children/listener into the stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experiences. Godly play uses symbols and objects as well as words, e.g. Parables are told from gold boxes using materials and plain wooden figures.”
Quote from the Godly play website:
“In most religious education children are told who God is. In Godly play children discover who God is.”