This title explores the potential for getting involved and opportunities for working together in meaningful and dynamic ways. It uses a theological basis to determine ways for church members to serve their local schools. It provides practical ideas and well-founded information for engagement, including the theological basis, the spiritual needs of the school, identifying opportunities and skills, and creative use of buildings. It enables individuals and organizations to understand how the spiritual needs of the school fits into the legal requirements of the RE syllabus and the big picture of the school day. It is ideal for church leaders, lay leaders, and children's work. It is suitable for clergy, lay leaders, evangelists, children's leaders, members of governing boards and PTAs, christian parents and carers, tutors in theological institutions, CME course leaders and delegates, and education departments in Church colleges. "Local Church, Local School" examines the potential for churches to be able to help meet the spiritual needs of their local primary schools with full understanding of legal and educational requirements.
Starting from a theological basis, the book moves on to examine how sustainable relationships can be built and how schools can make best use of the wide range of resources that the church can offer. The material is interlaced with stories from individuals and organizations already involved in their local schools, and includes many practical and accessible worked examples of best practice.
Margaret Withers took up her role as the Archbishop's Officer for Evangelism among Children in June 2001. Formerly, Children's Work Adviser for the Diocese of Rochester, she taught in several Inner London schools and for the Open University before becoming a Diocesan Children's Adviser in 1989. During her years as a Diocesan Adviser, she became heavily involved in providing training and support for voluntary children's leaders in parishes. In 1996, while Children's Officer for the diocese of Chelmsford, she established children's work as an integral part of Reader training as well as providing a similar input to several theological courses. The increasing demand for simple basic training for inexperienced leaders led to her writing a four-evening course for a group of parishes in 1998. This formed the basis of her book, Fired up! Not Burnt Out which was published under BRF's Barnabas imprint in 2001. She is also author of The Gifts of Baptism, Welcome to the Lord's Table and Where are the children? also published under the Barnabas imprint.