For me working for Spinnaker Trust was about relationship.
At the heart of what I did was a building of relationships with schools staff and children. Through these relationships I was able to share my relationship with Jesus with them.
It was both rewarding and scary. Every September I would experience two weeks of first day nerves. The make-up of the group of people in assemblies would change each year after the Summer holidays. Some children would join the group, others leave and the rest would have moved up a year. Teachers and support staff might also have changed. Once I had visited all my schools and could assess any changes in the school I felt more confident to go back two weeks later.
I visited varying numbers of schools to support them through lessons, assemblies and lunch clubs. In many schools I was one of the few people to see children right through the school from Reception to Year 6.
I still find that young people and adults will stop me to ask if I was the Christian lady who used to visit their school.
They want to share their story and tell me what they remember about me. I feel very privileged to have been part of their school journey.
Building relationships gives us the opportunity to speak into situations and lives in a way that is listened to. We become known and we know others. We can then introduce Jesus into these relationships. I spent 14 years planting seeds of faith into thousands of hearts and minds. One day they will bear fruit in many new relationships with Jesus.
Heather Peters, former Spinnaker schoolsworker (2005-2020)