July already and on the final ‘count down’ to the end of term and another academic year. We recognise what an extremely busy term this is as we have prayed for all involved with exams, report-writing and induction days, yet there have been the ‘fun’ events – school trips, sports days, school proms and end of year concerts – I very much enjoyed Saxon School’s excellent production today- ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ and was delighted to have been invited along.

Amazing Ajay

You may remember in our last ‘News’ reporting on a fund-raising Valentine Coffee Morning for Ajay Mallan from Littleton School, who has cerebral palsy. You will be delighted to hear that his operations in America were successful and he is now able to walk upright and unaided. Some of our group had the great joy of meeting with him and his Mum recently – he is a remarkably brave and resilient young boy – truly a walking miracle and an inspiration to us all. He is to receive continuous physiotherapy for the next 2 years so fund-raising continues – more info on www.walkingforajay.com. Ajay is pictured below with Mum Astrid and some of our group.

Day of Prayer

As part of the nationwide ‘Pray for Schools’ fortnight in May, we organised an event at one of our senior schools, Bishop Wand in Sunbury. It was a most successful day with 40 attending, including prayer group members, church ministers, governors, staff (including the Head) pupils and parents. Various sessions took place throughout the day, highlighting relevant topics and were led by the school chaplain, a local minister, a Gideon representative and prayer group members. We welcomed the opportunity of meeting with pupils and praying with them. A ‘prayer tower’ had been placed in reception for pupils’ prayers, and we were delighted with the response, receiving about 50 requests. We were very touched by the help and encouragement we received from the school and everyone seemed most appreciative of all that took place. We feel very much that it was a ‘start’ and we now need to pray how this can be built on. The photo shows Laura Kidd, one of the 6th formers, with the prayer tower, and Sally Leeson the School Chaplain.

Books for Schools

We are busy distributing the Scripture Union books to our Junior Schools this half-term and are thrilled to be including Chennestone School in Sunbury for the first time. We give thanks that we have been able to donate 210 copies of ‘Get Ready Go’ for the September Reception pupil intake and 194 copies of ‘It’s Your Move’ for the current Year 6 pupils in readiness for their move to senior school. We wish them all a happy and smooth transition to their new schools and God’s blessing on them for this next stage in their educational development.

Happy Holidays

We wish you all a very happy and safe summer break and will be back with more news in September.