From September 2017 Michael will be taking on an exciting work in Peak District Primary Schools… read on to find out how you can be involved!
“I’ve known Michael for many years and love his enthusiasm for the gospel and for reaching children with the gospel. He’s a great song-writer, performer and Bible teacher. But he also combines these with energy, warmth and humour. In my experience the combination is a sure-fire winner with children. As a result children really do ‘get the message’.”
Bringing the Bible to around 4500 children in the Peak District
From September 2017 I have the opportunity to work with the Matlock Area Schools Trust (MAST) enabling me to go into 45 primary schools every half term to help educate children about Jesus.
MAST have a great reputation, however their founder is retiring. I have the unique opportunity to step into his shoes and continue the work he’s been doing in the schools. The opportunity is now. We fear that if we don’t take it doors will start to close and may not open again.
In order to do this work I need to build a group of supporters who will pray with me, champion the work in their churches and who will financially support me and my family.
As this is an established work it’s a true investment in the future.
However, if we delay this work the existing relationships may be lost.
So this is an urgent appeal.
How can you get involved?
We need to raise £20,000 each year. Your support will help meet the needs of daily life as a family and give me time to dedicate to this work.
If 20 individuals give just £35 per month and 5 churches give £200 a month that will meet our needs. But please give any amount that you can cheerfully give.
And we always encourage individuals to prioritise financial partnership with their local church.
Initially the main focus of my work will be delivering assemblies and building strong links in 45 schools each half term. These assemblies will last about 15 minutes. I will bring my usual array of crazy characters, songs and multimedia that help bring the Bible to life for the children and teachers. You can see samples of what I do here.
However we want the work to go beyond assemblies. Longer term my vision is:
- To resource schools in order to enrich the experience of young people as they explore Christianity; as part of their Religious Education or extra curricular clubs
- To support churches across the wider Derbyshire area; equipping leaders and parents to teach the bible creatively and effectively to their young people
- To support the growth of a new church in Bakewell (for the whole Peak District). By enthusing young people with the contagious good news of Jesus in school, it is envisaged that this will lead to parents and children exploring Christ further in the context of God’s people
In 2015 myself, Jo and our children (Eleanor, Jonathan and Benjamin) moved to the Peak District to be involved in planting and revitalising churches. You can find out more here. We want to see the Peaks transformed as people come to know Jesus.
Although driving through the Peaks you will see a wealth of church buildings, many of them are now merely a monument to the past. Bringing good Bible education to schools will be a huge step forward in changing that.
Over the last 4 years I have been producing the Inspector Smart series.
Supported by the likes of the Good Book Company and 10ofthose publishers, this is an outreach project for children that includes songs, CDs, DVDs, Books, online resources and live shows. I have taken the show overseas and have more tours in the pipeline.
The shows are a fun-packed way to give the children rich theology in an accessible and memorable way. It has been a huge success both in church settings and schools.
My experience in delivering these shows and our desire to plant in the Peaks makes the work with MAST an obvious step to take.