“Paul has for many years, enthusiastically and reliably provided relevant and well planned assemblies for our school. He focuses on key themes of the moment, presenting moral and Christian messages to the children in a highly accessible, enjoyable and interactive way, frequently incorporating puppets and circus skills.”
Ms L. Cartwright, Head Teacher
Brook Primary School
"Paul always engages the children and keep them listening throughout ... Paul's assemblies are firm favourites with the children and he provides an excellent male role model too - always useful in primary schools!"
Mrs R Wylie, Head Teacher
Wrens Nest Primary School
Paul spends a great deal of his time as Christian worker in primary schools, around the West Midlands. He vistis schools on behalf of local churches and sees this as a very valuable part of his ministry.
Just imagine standing at the front of a school hall, full of 300-500 children all aged between 5-11 (plus teaching staff). All looking on expectantly and wondering 'what will happen today?'This is how Paul spends most of his days during term time. He is in school leading assemblies in primary schools of behalf of local churches. For more details in on the part that churches play, please check out The Church page.
A typical school assembly would normally last around 15 minutes and would include and introduction a fun theme illustration (usually one of Paul's puppet charaters), a fun retelling of a Bible Story then concluding with a prayer for all to consider.
Reception and nursery classes also form a part in some school visits, Paul leads a story time with the children. This would be a story from the Bible and a visit from one of Paul's puppet charaters.
Paul can also be available to lead RE Lessons on various themes that might include 'The Bible', 'Faith', or 'What it means to be a Christian'. Paul is occasionally invited into classes, of different year groups, to answer questions from the children about Church and Christian life.
Paul currently visits around 30 schools each month, many schools in the Dudley authority while others are a little further afield. He writes a new assembly theme every month, creating ideas on a seasonal or topical theme. He then tours this theme around all schools of these reglar schools.
Of course the whole school assemblies and year group lessons are just part of the work. Paul also aims to spend quality time with school staff and develop a good over all relationship with the school. This might happen before school or during playtime, usually in the staff room over a cuppa.