Growth The Diary:
Thanks to Paul Partridge for volunteering to support
1st Becky joins FACT
September Faith Awareness
us with our growing network of computers, data 5th Ashford Congregation Church Fun Day
storage units and the like. Paul will be coming into 12th The Lawns ‘Strictly Dads Thing’ in Children Trust
the office approximately once a week to deal with 13th St. John’s Egham x2 services
all the routine support that is so necessary to a 15th FACT team Prayer walk
smooth running office today. Paul joins us at just the 15th Trustees Meeting
20th Staines Methodist Church FACT presentation
right time and we can add a new member to our 21st Oakfield assembly
growing team. 21st Ashford C of E infant and junior assemblies
In anticipation of Becky arriving, new schools and 21st FACT prayer group meeting
22nd St. Ann’s Heath junior assembly
some schools that we have previously worked with, 22nd Grange infant assembly
have been contacted and they will be receiving I am currently overseeing an initiative called, ‘It’s Your
22nd Gerrards Cross CE infant and junior assemblies Queen Esther (Becky)
Move’ which is directed at year 6 children as they
visits for assemblies and RE Days starting in 23rd Knowle Park infant assembly next to the ‘Tardis’
prepare to move up to secondary school. Through
September. We welcome: Grovelands Infants, 23rd Thorpe CE infant assembly having travelled
24th Stanwell Fields infant and junior assemblies through time. assemblies and lessons we are exploring the changes
Walton; Knowle Park Infants, Staines; St. Cuthberts and choices that lie ahead, drawing comparisons from
24th Englefield Green infant assembly
RC, Englefield Green; Our Lady of the Rosary RC, 24th St Ann’s RC infant and junior assemblies the fantastic example of the integrity that Daniel shows
Staines and St Nicholas C of E, Shepperton. 25th Thorpe Lea infant and junior assemblies us in the Bible.
We believe in 25th Playtime playgroup Harvest
This brings me onto FACT. I’m very excited to be moving
28th Ashford Park infant and junior assemblies
prayer and 28th Ascot Heath infant assembly to the South-East and to be engaging with children as
believe it is a 28th St Cuthbert’s RC whole school assembly part of a fantastic team! I’m sure there will be plenty of
reason for our 29th Buckland infant and junior assemblies challenges, change and fun ahead!
growth over the 29th Our Lady of the Rosary RC inf. and jun. assemblies I am passionate about children and young people
years. We are reaching their potential as they realise who they are in
1st Staines Prep upper and lower school assemblies
grateful to the 5th Trumps Green infant assembly God and how much He loves them.
small, loyal band 5th Town Farm infant and junior assemblies
of supporters who 8th Littleton infant assembly Becky paying the
8th Christ Church infant assembly price for losing
make up the
14th St Peter’s Teaching Centre Intervention Group on Beach Mission
23rd Gerrards Cross Junior Harvest When I was 18 I moved up to Manchester (from my
group. They meet
hometown in Devon) and started working for a Christian
once a month to As we go to press a number of schools are yet to confirm
dates, but will be having assemblies in Sept. schools work organisation called the Pais Project. I
hear about the worked in the Creative Arts dept. in a theatre company.
current issues. We Continue to seek further trustees to add to our We toured productions around primary schools taking
Then they give 5 strong board. If this is something you would like assemblies and lessons. Following my time here I then
thanks to God for all that is good; Petition God for to help FACT with please contact the office and went to Mattersey Hall Bible College for three years and
speak with Simon. It is a commitment but in no way
the things that need an answer and wait on God
for His guidance. This is a lively and vibrant group would any of the trustees say it was onerous!
did a degree in Theology, staying on for a further year as
an Intern. My time at Mattersey was fantastic and I had
who want others to experience the excitement and so many opportunities and challenges which grew me
More growth in personnel has led to a growing
joy of serving God and FACT in this way. If you spiritually and personally. I was very involved in worship
need for more office space. From the 1st August we
would like to join them please contact the office at the College leading a band. Eventually I became the
will take over the top floor at Grange Road, Egham! Music & Worship Co-coordinator. Great friends, good
and talk to Jill. You are never too old or too young More space, more opportunities and more money times, and fantastic memories! In 2007 I moved over to
to speak and listen to God. needed to support the growth. Please consider the Isle of Man to begin working for Scripture Union as a
financially supporting the ministry of FACT. Key Worker specialising in Creative Arts. The work I have
done in my two years on the Island has been so varied
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A newsletter to keep supporters informed, inspired & involved.
Issue number 77 July 2009 FACT enabling children to reflect on the Christian Gospel
Assemblies Training RE Days
If the whole body were an eye, where There have been a growing number of
would the sense of hearing be? 1 Cor 12:17 opportunities to offer training to schools, churches
and the wider community.
The Puppet Inset was warmly received by teachers,
classroom support staff and Early Years
Practioners. Attendees were asked to sum up how
the training left them feeling and these are a
selection of the responses.
pir on fide
Ex ed C
Further puppet training will be on offer, but get in
touch to find out more.
The workshop for those involved with ‘Doing a
children’s talk on a Sunday morning’ was well
attended. There were 8 churches represented
from many different denominations. The material
was considered to be thought provoking and
challenging. Along with the theory and theology
came the practical examples. Once again the one
word that summed up how the attendees felt at
The final term of the academic year is often crammed the end of the session was noted on their
full with team activities such as school productions, evaluations. They included:
sports days and school trips. With this in mind, we Qu Amongst the many RE days delivered this half term
ed est Avril and Simon have done 6 with Year 6 children
wanted each child to see that they have an important
co io nin on Citizenship. Feedback from staff and children
role to play whatever class, school or event they are
En Ea g
involved in. Therefore the assembly explored the theme
En ge showed how the children are growing in their
of , ‘Working together, needing each other’.
thu r d understanding of taking responsibility and the
We considered the Bible passage written by St. Paul
sia u late affect of their actions on all for better or worse.
Stim The day allows the children opportunities to
which uses the analogy of the body being made up of
many parts to explain how we are all different, with stic Lifted explore the value and benefit of working as a
different roles. In the same way that the many parts of team through the challenges of working together.
rat Ins p
the body work best when they work together, we work The parachute proved to be a winner with
best when we work together. The children enjoyed everyone and proved to be a useful teaching tool.
seeing different faces made up of just eyes or noses to In They had to work together to keep the chute taut
ed to allow a classmate to cross over the top without
They also heard a story about two groups of people
touching the ground!
who, confronted with the same dilemma of trying to eat
a magnificent banquet with 6ft long forks, dealt with
C ha Further growth in our RE Days will occur this
the situation completely differently. One group tried to A follow up session is currently on the drawing September when there will be many new elements
feed themselves using the fork but to no avail and board and there is the possibility of repeating this in current RE Days plus some brand new titles.
were left feeling very hungry. The second group, used training for other groups who were unable to These will be researched and developed over the
the long forks to feed the person standing opposite make the previous date. Once again, do get in summer months. We continue to fulfil our Passion
them so that all had enough to eat. The story highlights touch to tell us about your need and interest. This Statement to ‘be at the forefront of children’s
how, if we work as a team, everyone achieves more. is a growing area of our work. ministry’ with all these new developments.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security Gail Sheehy