"What are you making?"


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“What are you making?” a friend asked when she returned to find her living room floor covered with newspaper, modelling material  and masking tape. 

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The obvious answer would have been, “A mess” and indeed that was probably what she was thinking.  I was actually making large rocks from mod rock for a prop in an assembly.  “It’s for my new job,” I replied and proceeded to tell her all about it:

Over the last couple of months, I have had the privilege of visiting a number of different schools with members of the Spinnacker Team and have seen how, through establishing long term relationships with schools, members of the team are able to support schools and individuals within them.  Adults working in schools seem genuinely encouraged by knowing that someone outside the school is interested in their work and their life and, due to established relationships with member of the team, are willing to share aspects of their life for prayer and support.  As well as words of prayer and encouragement, the cakes baked by members of the Spinnaker team and supporting churches were also particularly well received in schools (during the Spinnaker Prayer Fortnight in May). 

It’s been quite a while, probably over 15 years on reflection, since I was last in a school in London.  There have obviously been significant changes but one noticeable constant was the warm welcome extended to visitors in schools. Teachers and other support staff are still working extremely hard and greatly appreciate any support and encouragement from visitors to the school.

In addition to being welcomed by the staff in the various schools, I have observed that the children always respond positively, are keen to engage with lessons and assemblies and are also very eager to assist wherever possible.  The team members encourage children to participate and deliver assemblies tailored to the particular needs of each school.  It was interesting to see how different people presented the same assembly in different ways, taking both the school and their unique gifting into consideration and delivering the assembly in their own personal style – I learnt a considerable amount. 

It is clear that there are many ways to support local schools and being part of the Spinnaker team is an amazing opportunity to build and develop relationships with schools and individuals within schools.  From my experience over the last couple of months of visiting various schools, I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude to God for the openness encountered in these schools and my prayer is that the warm welcome will continue, open doors will remain open and that there will be many further opportunities to support schools in the future.