21st December is the application deadline for the Schools Coordinator Vacancy

Step is looking to expand its team of Schools Coordinators by appointing a full or part-time worker. 

A Schools Coordinator usually works with three schools and is the main person linking the work of Step with the local churches and youth workers. The primary responsibilities in school are to develop relationships with staff and students, to book lessons and other activities and to lead and organise the volunteers in delivering the programme.  The new worker will work alongside existing Schools Coordinators and will report to the Step Director, Chris Birch-Evans, who himself has responsibility for several schools.

We are looking for a committed Christian who is dynamic, able to lead, motivate and organise volunteers in a very flexible and creative environment, and enthusiastically promote Step to staff, schools management and local churches. Our ideal candidate will have some experience of schools work and youth work, can demonstrate competence in a classroom, and has managed others.

 

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in joining the team, please do contact chris@stepschoolswork.org.uk or claire@stepschoolswork.org.uk for further details related to this opportunity. Please note that the deadline for final applications is 21st December. The advert can be found by clicking here.

 

The Tough Stuff Course starts in January

Nicholas Breakspear Catholic Church and Step will be starting a Tough Stuff course in January. 
Sadly, we all face tough stuff in life, whether it is bereavement, moving home of family breakdown. When it happens we are often unprepared and left spinning. Step believes young people should be supported through this time. 

The Listening People have created a fantastic course to give students resilience and skills to individually and as a group, walk through these tough times. Step will take a small group of self selecting students through six to eight weeks of exploring feelings and emotions attached to loss and bereavement. The aim is to facilitate them, individually and as a group, into developing coping and supporting techniques. Our hope is after the group disbands they will continue to help each other and also reach out to others and share something of what they have learnt.

Don't forget CU :)

Christian Unions are a big part of the work of Step. They are a place both for Christians to support one another and for non-Christians who want to find out more about the faith. If you are interested in finding out more about the CUs which we are involved in, please do get in touch. For most attendees, it is a memorable time of the week- others as the picture below suggest, need a little prompting from their parents! (note: this boy did turn up this week before discovering the message)

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My Lighthouse

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Here are some of the verses written by year 7 students from Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. They are all to the tune of "My Lighthouse" by Rend Collective.

When I’m resting You keep me calm
You will hold me in Your palm
Your great love will see me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea...
I won’t stop my faith in You
With each morning I’ll talk to You
Your great love will see me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea...
You’re the courage that leads me through
I know that I can trust in You
You will lead me safe to shore
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea...
In my dreams and in my mind
In my troubles I will find
Your great kingdom will lead me through
You are the hope in my troubled mind
You are the hope in my troubled mind...
When I’m angry and feeling mad
God forgives me for being bad
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea...
You’re my God and I love You
I know that You will help me through
Your great love will shine through me
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea...
When I’m lost I read Your Word
I know my prayers are always heard
Your great story leads me to You
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea...

Beaumont School remembers

The Beaumont School community took part in a moving assembly response this morning as they reflected together upon who they will be remembering this Remembrance Week. Students wrote names on their poppy and placed it on the Remembrance Hill. The Step team also had the opportunity to share about our iMatter theme for the year, focusing on #iameternal.

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Psalm 103:15-17 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him.

Job Opportunity- Schools Coordinator

Step is looking to expand its team of Schools Coordinators by appointing a full or part-time worker.

A Schools Coordinator usually works with three schools and is the main person linking the work of Step with the local churches and youth workers. The primary responsibilities in school are to develop relationships with staff and students, to book lessons and other activities and to lead and organise the volunteers in delivering the programme.  The new worker will work alongside existing Schools Coordinators and will report to the Step Director, Chris Birch-Evans, who himself has responsibility for several schools.

We are looking for a committed Christian who is dynamic, able to lead, motivate and organise volunteers in a very flexible and creative environment, and enthusiastically promote Step to staff, schools management and local churches. Our ideal candidate will have some experience of schools work and youth work, can demonstrate competence in a classroom, and has managed others.

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in joining the team, please do contact chris@stepschoolswork.org.uk or claire@stepschoolswork.org.uk for further details related to this opportunity. The advert can be found by clicking here.

Verulam Excel at Feed Collection Again

Verulam produced another successful collection for Feed with 3851 items donated. They will fall short of their record 4853 items last year, but this is still an incredible total, which means they now hold the Top 3 collections in our leaderboard (click here to see it). Each item makes a huge difference to those in our community who are in need. Well done and thank you to all those who contributed

Step's New Trinity Lesson

Step have written a new lesson on the Trinity.

Sir John Lawes Year 9 are exploring the Trinity this week. You are never too old for Play Dough creating. Students have been making - Atoms, Hot Dogs, Oreo Cookies, Tree, Curries and so so much more- all with the hope that they will remember the Three in One nature of God as Trinity. Do see some of the creations below.

Local Church Youth Worker Job Available

We love the amazing youth work that the local churches are involved in and we are excited about a new job being available in one of those churches. Please see the job advert below:

Christ Church, St Albans are looking to appoint a Part-Time Youth Worker who will be passionate about leading our 11-18 year olds and inspiring them to be all that God created them to be. We are looking for a leader who relates well with young people and able to build relationships with them in church, community and local secondary schools. Applicants should have some suitable experience in a church setting.  Please go to www.ccstalbans.org.uk for a full job description, person specification and application form.

Thank you

Step Reps get energized

Step Reps met together this morning to be energized with some excellent input from Geoff (and a good dose of treats and coffee!). A Step Rep is a member of a church congregation who is passionate about the work of Step and will work with us to ensure their church is informed and updated on various aspects of Step's work. If your local church does not yet have a Step Rep and you are interested in finding out more please get in touch with us, we'd love to hear from you!

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iMatter Theme on Twitter

You may be aware that our theme for this year is iMatter. It will impact a wide variety of our work, whether directly through teaching material, or indirectly by influencing the team's reflections and preparation for sessions. You can follow this them on Twitter as every week we will be tweeting a short reflection and Bible verse. To help you get a flavour of what this may look like, this week's tweet was "I am blessed to be a blessing #Genesis1v28 #iamresponsible #iMatter"

Please do follow us by clicking here, use the tweets as a reflection for yourself and retweet it so others can do the same.