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. 

Walk through the Bible

 "My biceps are the size of babies' heads!" - Goliath.

Step and St Columba's College are currently exploring the major themes of the old testament through a series of small dramas. During the lesson, students act out key stories whilst also learning the meta-narative of the Old Testament. The students are encouraged to spot the recurring themes of rebellion, repentance and God's rescue. Drama, suspense, action and comedy make their way into the retelling.

 

 

Who is Jesus?

It's been a fantastic week at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School exploring the question 'who is Jesus' with the new year 7's. There were some really great observations and questions. Damien and Luke particularly stood out for their well thought out questions and observations. 

It was also really exciting to see all the new students coming down to the Emmaus Chapliancy Centre and lunchtimes to play games and explore the prayer and reflection room. Congratulations to Sky for her excellent Dobble skills.

Verulam break Feed record through sacrificial giving

Verulam School have managed to collect 4853 items for Feed. The assemblies promoting the collection were on the idea of worth and how much different items were worth to different people, including Justin Bieber's hair clippings and can of beans. We reflected on the Widow's Mite and how it was her sacrificial giving that prompted Jesus to say she was the one who gave the most. The boys were encouraged to make their own sacrifices. Two Year 8 boys used their own money to buy 118 items; another group used the money they had been given for a Nandos meal to buy Feed items instead; one boy organised a collection in his church while another used his Amazon points to buy items. I'm sure there are many more stories yet to be heard but thank you for all those who sacrificed in order that lives have been changed for the better through Feed. 

BAFTA Winner Inspires Students

Step has had the privilege of making contact with Manoj Raithatha - a BAFTA winner, a property tycoon and the author of ‘Filthy Rich’. Students from Samuel Ryder, Townsend and Sandringham have recently been captivated by his story. With a wonderful mix of humour and honesty, Manoj told of his career highs and lows, and his personal faith journey, challenging students to pursue a goal that was bigger than themselves. His business was unfortunately devastated by the 2008 financial crisis, while at the same time his son became very ill. Manoj then found himself turning to God, building his life again with different foundations. He was a changed man, seeking to serve and bless others rather than chasing money. Students asked engaging questions with many buying his book. We are looking forward to Manoj speaking to and inspiring even more students in the future. 

Townsend Experience a Step Retreat for the First Time

Easter came at an unusual time this year. Many local schools were closed for the Easter Bank Holidays, went back to school for three days and then started their two week Easter Holidays. Step was asked by Townsend to run retreats on the three days inbetween the Easter Bank Holidays and the school holidays.  So Step celebrated Good Friday and Easter Monday and had the immense privilege to spend the next three days exploring the ideas of Justice, Relationships and also Identity with years 7, 8 and 9. The students were incredible and we had a fantastic time with them. 

Each morning started with a reflection about Easter and its effect on our given topic and then we plunged into a day of games, fun and thinking. Thoughout the week the students explored fair trade through competing in the world trade market; delved into the topical issues of the refugee crisis; considered our obsessive relationship with technology; reflected on our significant relationships with others; chatted about healthy body image; considered how much we are worth as individuals and even created amazing floral designs with a very talented local florist.

Beaumont students smash their FEED record!

Collecting items for the FEED project, students from Beaumont School have just smashed their previous record! Over two weeks they collected an impressive 3,702 items for the St Albans based food bank, beating their previous record of 2,708 items. The food items will benefit local St Albans residents who use the weekly Monday morning food bank at Vineyard Church. Beaumont fell just short of taking the top spot on the all time leaderboard, which remains with Verulam School at 4,091 items. 

Step Receives High Sheriff Award

On Thursday we collected an award from the High Sheriff for our work in schools. The evening was a chance to celebrate the wonderful role that so many great organisations do for their local community. It was therefore an incredible honour to be amongst them as one of the 8 that received an award. We are hoping receiving this prestigious award will raise awareness of the work of Step.