West Reading Churches
New REinspired School Project
PRESS RELEASE: 22 June 2016
Exciting things are happening in West Reading...
This spring has seen a hugely successful pilot scheme in West Reading in partnership with Wilson Primary School, St George’s, Emmanuel Methodist Church, Tilehurst Methodist Church and St Mary Magdalen’s. Children from Wilson have attended two sessions run by an ecumenical team from the Oxford Road. In Holy Week children from year 2 came to St George’s to ask the question, ‘Did Jesus really rise from the dead?’ Last week children from year 5 came to Emmanuel and met representatives from six different charities who explained how they live out their Christian faith by what they do.
Lesley Sutcliffe, recently retired from Kendrick School and one of the new leaders, said, ‘It is really exciting to support Wilson School by delivering such high quality lessons. It is a privilege to be able to continue teaching in this very different context.’
Meanwhile, in Southcote, a team from St Matthew’s has been working with Southcote Primary under the REinspired banner.
So watch this space. We are praying hard for the means to expand the operation next year.
What is REInspired?
Bringing RE to Life
Over the last year a team from St George’s, St Mary Magdalen’s, Tilehurst Methodist Church and Emmanuel Methodist Church have been meeting to set up an REinspired project in West Reading schools beginning with a pilot project at Wilson Primary School in early 2016.
What is REinspired?
“We are a team of Christians from local churches who are passionate about bringing RE sessions to life for children in local schools. All our sessions are rooted in the RE syllabus, are lively and engaging, as well as educational. We use a rich variety of approaches to learning such as art, craft, music, drama, DVD clips & small group discussion to make the sessions accessible to all pupils. Pupils are always told that we are not attempting to change what they believe but help explore a topic that Christians believe.”
What the children say about REinspired …
‘God is epic’ - Year 2 pupil.
What the teachers say …
‘Exactly what it says on the can…’ - Former Head, Hawkedon Primary
What can you do to help the REinspired project in West Reading?
Initial funding has already been secured and following a planning meeting with the school we are really excited about this project. We have already put together a core team of five people from our churches who are wanting to deliver this work. However, to expand the team we are now looking to recruit extra volunteers to support this important project, and REinspired are committed to our support and training. There are a wide variety of ways in which you can contribute to make this project successful. So if you are interested, please drop in to Emmanuel Methodist Church on Wednesday 18th November from 4-6pm to find out more, have a cup of tea, and discover ways in which you can help.
For more details contact, Lesley Sutcliffe (0118 941 4643, )
or The Revd. Andy Moffoot (0118 942 7128, )