It’s Your Move 2016

its your move

During the last term of the school year our Schools team have been delighted to offer the schools of Brighton and Hove a lesson for year 6 leavers.  The programme was written by our Schools Team Leader, Kerry, whilst undertaking her degree in Youthwork and Applied Theology.

Kerry and her former colleague, wanted to complement, and named the session after, the booklet by Scripture Union called ‘It’s Your Move’. Having finely tuned the lesson over a number of years, Kerry, Lloyd, and Emma really enjoyed engaging with those moving onto secondary school across the city.

Over the course of the last 6 weeks they have visited eleven schools and presented to over 450 year 6 children.  The teaching staff that were present thought that it was a very worthwhile time spent with their pupils and a majority of those who responded to our feedback overwhelmingly thought it was age appropriate.

The session included looking at fears and phobias, changes, a game show, a Bible character that faced change, interviews, and the favourite dilemmas!

Photo 22-06-2016, Web Article

Most of those responding thought it was presented well and some of the positive comments included:

‘Helps with Secondary school.’

‘Like to talk and hear other’s opinions.’

‘Very helpful.’

‘Very realistic, got us involved.’

‘People were lovely, fun and amazing.’

‘An excellent presentation! Thank you.’

‘Thank you – what a challenge.’

We really hope the elements of the session will help the children move from Primary to Secondary and support the transition that they will soon make.  One of the parts of the workshop was to ask children to make a ‘Wordle’ of the things that will change for them, we have collated all of the answers and the results are attached.

Photo 21-07-2016, Changes Sheet

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Lila and Liz Work Experience Legends

Work Experience

This week we have been joined by two fantastic work experience students, that are currently studying at St.Pauls Catholic College.

Over the week they have got exposure of how our organisation functions, getting a look at how the Schools team, the Brighton Food Bank and Life Stream work. We asked them how they found working with us for the week.

Lila and Liz‘I would like to thank Brighton and Hove City Mission for their warm welcome to the team this past week, I arrived uncertain about what to expect but will leave eager to come back and volunteer in the future. They have offered me valuable experience in most areas of the charity, including Food Bank, Life Stream and Schools work. My favourite aspect of working here so far has probably been the people that I have been able to meet, it is humbling to hear the stories and testimonies of clients; it made me realise that anybody can find themselves in the sorts of difficulties that these people do, but to see the way in which Food Bank go beyond the call of duty to make each person feel valued and give them hope about the future is truly one of the most rewarding experiences. They have the privilege of watching God transform lives and this city, I can’t wait to see what God has got planned for the future of this charity!!’

‘I have really enjoyed my time at City Mission and want to thank them for making me feel so welcome and a part of the team. It has been a privilege to help with the Food Bank and see what a difference it is making to the lives of so many individuals in the area. I had the opportunity to go into local schools and see how assemblies and prayer spaces are run by the Mission. This has really encouraged me to continue to be active in children and schools ministry, as I have seen the impact that the Gospel has on children’s lives. It has been interesting to see how a charity operates and I am looking forward to continuing to work with BHCM as a volunteer in the future. I would really recommend volunteering at BHCM for anyone wanting to develop communication and organisational skills whilst helping make a real difference to the community around you.’

We would like to say a massive thank you to them both for their hard work throughout the week!