During my time here at Dyson Perrins, it has been a strong focus to develop good links to local churches. In that endeavour, we have collaborated successfully on several occasions. As a member of the ‘Churches Together in Malvern’ group, I give regular updates on Chaplaincy in Dyson Perrins to Church ministers and representatives. We are very well supported in prayer and I receive regular communication about events within the churches that we are able to advertise to students.
St Matthias, St Peter’s and the Ascension
We welcome the new appointment of Rev. Phillip Johnson to Malvern Link Churches and I am excited for new opportunities to strengthen the relationship that Dyson Perrins and the Church enjoy. St Matthias hosted our Christingle service in December 2016, led by Eileen Tomlin, which raised money for the Children’s society. Dyson Perrins students will be visiting the Ascension church as part of their RE lesson at the end of February and we look forward to continued relationship with the local parish.
Lansdowne Methodist Church
Lansdowne Methodist Church invited students from the school to share their art in an exhibition which was on display for a week. At the end of this time, there was a concert where students were able to perform to an audience of parents, staff and members of the local community. Rev. Alison Richards has been into the school on a number of occasions but most the notable was when she came in to lead a Communion Service during Easter week where 578 students participated. Since Rev. Nigel Cook has been the minister at Malvern Methodist Church, he too has led students in a Communion Service and has taken part in a Faith Panel during the Mission Week, ‘One Life’.
Holy Trinity Church
Since the Chaplaincy role began, I have tried to make contact with church leaders and workers to support their work. Janet and Dave Burley from Holy Trinity have been very responsive and encouraging; they have attended the meetings here at the school and come along to planning and steering groups offering insightful thoughts. The church has held a number of fundraising events for the Chaplaincy project including a Fish and Chips night, Curry and Quiz, Burger and Bingo event and a Music Concert where young people from various schools were invited to perform for a large congregation.
Great Malvern Priory
The location and presence of the Priory is very central to Churches to Malvern and both John and Mary Barr were strong advocates with the school during the Chaplaincy project. There are students in the school who are members there, with their parents being very active members of the Church allowing us to maintain a strong relationship. I was impressed by the impact Life Path has on the town and it’s primary children when I volunteered to help for 2 days in 2016. Approximately 400 year 5 and 6 students visit the Priory during this event over the course of a week to learn of the significance the role of the Priory has had within the town. Helping there allowed me to meet many of our new year 7 cohort in addition to school teachers and Church members who were also volunteering. Mary Barr joined us for several meetings here in the school to discuss youthwork, pray together and has supported the youth link events that we have organised. The Priory have continued to make financial donations to Dyson Perrins and the Chaplaincy work that is undertaken here. I am very grateful for all the support they have provided and the ongoing relationship we enjoy. View Limitless Poster Here
St Andrews, All Saints and the Chase Team
I was invited to come and share with St Andrew's Church about the Chaplaincy Project and the Youth Link events were were hoping to hold. They kindly offered to host an event and the youth leaders Simon McCauley and Nick Hornby were very encouraging and enthusiastic about the work I was doing. On appointment, the new Rector Dave Bruce was eager for the churches in the Chase Team and Dyson Perrins to support one another. I have supported their Youth Alpha programme which has seen upwards of 25 students in attendance, several of whom are students here. Dave and his wife Alice have come to the school for meetings about youth work and have prayed with us in the school chapel. Dave was a member of our faith panel during the Mission Week and is a familiar face in the school. We welcome the new appointment of their Youth Worker Michael Edwards (Eddy) who I have worked with previously and holds a DBS with Dyson Perrins. Eddy has worked with mentoring in school, led sessions on Reflective Days and I am excited to be working with him and the Chase Team.
Rev. David Nichols invited me to speak about the Chaplaincy project at the church one Sunday morning and has also been vocal in his support for the collaborative work in Dyson Perrins. We held a Youth Link event there which was very well attended and has helped to firm up the format for our future youth events.