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Christians in Education - Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire event Saturday 29th September.


Christians in Education Hull & East Riding of Yorkshire

A M O R N I N G O F E N C O U R A G E M E N T , S U P P O R T A N D P R A Y E R F O R C H R I S T I A N T E A C H E R S , H E A D T E A C H E R S , G O V E R N O R S , P A R E N T S A N D A N Y O N E W I T H A N I N T E R E S T I N E D U C A T I O N

With input from John Denning, Education Officer with the Christian Institute. 9.30am - 1pm Saturday 29th September 2018 St. Mark’s Church, Anlaby Common, Hull Free Entry

NEU ATL Pre-Conference Christian Service.

NEU ATL Pre-Conference   Christian Service St Michael in the City Sunday 8th April 6.45   pm St Michael in the City is in the heart of   Liverpool, in the shadow of the Anglican Cathedral, with a small friendly   congregation who meet on a Sunday morning. The church building is a   functional replacement for the original, which was modelled on St Martin in   the Fields, but which sadly suffered comprehensive damage in the May 1941   blitz.

The church (at L1 5BD on Upper Pitt Street) is   a ten-minute walk from the Conference Centre and the hotels. There is a small   car park at the front of the church.

The service provides an opportunity to reflect   on the needs of Education and to pray specifically for the work of   Conference. Our service will start at 6.45 pm and will be led as usual by   Conference members and local members of the education service, with an   invited guest speaker. The NEU ATL Pre-Conference Service is an ecumenical   Christian service open to all who would like to attend, of any faith or none   and whether or not members of NEU and ATL.

Coaches to the Church will be provided from the   Conference Centre at 6.25 pm.

After the service, which will last about an   hour, coaches will return to all the hotels.

ACT AGM and Workshop Saturday October 14th.


ACT Workshop and AGM.

Saturday October 14th 12.45pm-4.00pm

Deritend Room, St Martin in the Bullring, Edgbaston Street,


You are all invited to the ACT Workshop and AGM please book your place by emailing:

12.45 -1.15pm

Arrivals Coffee/Tea

1.15 – 1.45pm

Relationships and Sex Education

(Facts, Education or Perversion?)

1.45 – 2.30pm

Response Groups

2.30 – 3.00pm


‘The board seeks approval to reduce the minimum of Trustees to six’

(Articles of Association 28)

3.00 – 3.15pm


3.15 – 4.00pm

Education Prayer Stations


Close and depart.

Prayer Spaces Day Conference.

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Church walk in London.

Church Walk in London


Wearing another of his hats, ACT Treasurer Geoff Coggins has been busy organising the 34th Unlock London Walk.  This year’s walk is in the Battersea/Clapham area, and one of the seven checkpoint churches is Holy Trinity, Clapham Common, with links to the “Clapham Sect”, William Wilberforce and the establishment of the Bible Society.  The whole walk is about seven miles, and participants will see seven very different churches with a range of ministries to their local communities.


Walkers (about 700 of them) are invited to start anywhere and go either way round the circuit, so that the participating churches see a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.  There is a (voluntary) quiz for walkers which focusses their attention on the history and communities of the areas they are passing through.


Unlock is a small Christian organisation which provides training and resources to churches and other groups to help them be more effective in ministering to their communities.  Recently a partnership with the Bible Society has been developed.  Nearly half of Unlock’s annual budget of £60,000 is raised through the London walk.


Although the main purpose behind the organisation of the walk is to raise funds for Unlock, just doing the walk is a great experience.  Anyone who is interested and able to join the walk is warmly invited, irrespective of sponsorship.  This year’s walk is on Saturday, 29th April.


You can find out more about the walk at:


from where you will be able to download pdf copies of the walk map, brochure and quiz.  Checkpoints are open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.


Just turn up; enjoy and be blessed!

ATL Service 6.30pm Sunday 9th April - all welcome.

Service for Teachers in Liverpool


The National Conference of ATL (The Association of Teachers and Lecturers) will be gathering in Liverpool again this year, and conference proceedings will be prefaced by a Christian service at 6.30 pm on Palm Sunday 9th April.  This occasion provides an opportunity for conference delegates to commit to God the work of the conference and themselves to His service in their work as teachers.


The service will be held in St James in the City church, where a good number of students, teachers and others connected with education are to be found in the regular congregation.  The speaker on this occasion is to be the Rt Rev Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, the music will be led by the St James Worship Group, and various ATL members will lead other parts of the proceedings.


This service has been organised by Geoff Coggins, ACT Treasurer, and is open to anyone (particularly ACT members) who would like to attend.  You don’t have to be a member of ATL and you don’t have to be a teacher.


Full details can be found here: 



After three years of negotiations ATL and NUT members have voted overwhelmingly to form a new union together, the National Education Union. 

The rules of the NEU have been carefully formulated to incorporate what have been seen as the best features of each.  During a transitional period beginning in September the two unions will function in parallel, until the amalgamation takes full effect.  We hope that a Christian service will continue to be a feature at the start of Annual Conference.


GFC 31st March 2017

What are we teaching the children? Education Conference.






When:       Saturday, March 25
Time:        10.00am – 5.00pm
Where:      The Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW
Cost:           Earlybird Single ticket, booking till 6 February                   £25
                   Thereafter, Single ticket                                                          £35
                   Students and non –waged                                                      £15
                   Double Discount                                                                      £50 

Special offer for organisations, schools and churches:
buy ONE ticket and get two more accompanying persons FREE
Of Particular Interest to: 
Head teachers, Teachers, School Governors, Educationalists, Academics, Church leaders.  And of course parents.

Come to Voice for Justice UK’s important conference examining the ideological reframing of education, and find out why you should be worried.  Get the tools you need to help shape future policy and safeguard the nation’s young.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is education? 
  • What, how and why do we teach our young?
  • How has education evolved in different societies, and what are the implications for us today?
  • What is the role of the family in education?
  • How does current education policy fit with the basic human rights of freedom of conscience, belief, and speech?
  • How is education being subjected to ideological pressure?
  • Detailed analysis of the impact of SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) and so-called ‘inclusivity’ on children and young people.
  • CHIPS – education or indoctrination?
  • Should daily worship in schools be mandatory, optional … or abolished?

For more information and to register go to


Christians in Government Event.

Termly Christians in Government Event Mon 16 January, 5:30 – 8:30pm Emmanuel Centre, Westminster. You are warmly invited to CIG’s termly event for Christians passionate to seek God’s will and heart for our government, civil service, and nation. Kris Vallotton from Bethel Church will be joining us once again to give the keynote address and we will be partnering with Catch the Fire for an evening of worship and prayer to bless and encourage all who work for our government. This meeting will be hosted by Christians from the Department for Education. We invite any teachers, education experts as well as those with a heart for government to join us in prayer for education in our nation. Please invite your friends and colleagues. We are looking forward to an amazing and inspiring evening! Come at 5:30 to make new friends, with the main meeting starting at 6:30pm. Please share the invitation and sign up below!

Conference exploring increasing confusion about sexuality at home, in schools and in society.

In partnership with the World Congress of Families and International Children's Rights Institute, Christian Concern is hosting The ‘New Normal’ Conference on Saturday, 12 November, Emmanuel Centre, London. It will equip delegates to engage with the increasing confusion about sexuality and gender at home, in schools and in society. 

What would you do if your daughter came home one day to tell you she is a boy or your son decides he’s gay? What about Stonewall’s claims to make schools ‘safe’ for all? These and other issues will be addressed and positive and pastoral responses explored.     

See for more. 

Faith in Education Thursday 14th July.

Faith in Education  
At Ashburnham Place
Thursday 14th July 7.30pm - 9.30pm (6.30pm for dinner)
Faith in Education offers an opportunity for those in Education to come together to share, to be inspired, to be encouraged and to pray.
Free, or £10 inc. dinner - advance booking required for dinner
The speaker is  Angelica McMillan -  a counsellor working with schools and within education.
Telephone  01424 892244

ATL Pre-Conference Service Sunday 3rd April Liverpool.

ATL Pre-Conference Church Service St James in the City Sunday 3rd April 2016 6.30 p.m. ATL has been invited to Liverpool’s St James in the City Church for the 2016 pre-Conference Service. This service will be somewhat different from those in recent years; a little less formal and in an unusual environment. St James in the City is a vibrant inner city church, with a congregation largely comprising students and young families. Their regular Sunday meeting is at 4.00 p.m, and our ATL service will follow at 6.30 p.m, led jointly by the St James worship team and members of ATL. The service will provide the opportunity to reflect on the needs of Education and to pray specifically for the work of Conference. The original church building dates from 1775. Having been closed in the 1970s it was reopened in 2010, but with the building in a semiderelict condition a marquee was erected within the church to allow the resumption of worship. A larger marquee has recently been installed. Warning: St James has only one self composting toilet so the advice is “Go before you come”. Transport: Coaches to the Church will be provided from the Conference Centre at 6.00 pm. After the service, which will last about one hour, coaches will return to all the hotels. St James Church is located on Upper Parliament Street, near and to the south of the Anglican Cathedral. Tea, coffee, fruit juice and biscuits will be available for those arriving early or those wishing to stay for a chat after the service. A warm invitation is extended to other local Christians concerned with education, whether or not members of ATL, to join with us in this service.

St James in the City  Association of Christian Teachers

Sunday 17th January.

How to handle your position of power in the classroom
Come and learn of the radical way in which the Bible describes an omnipotent God using his power to create, build, develop, and encourage flourishing in others ;and an opportunity to think about its implications for your classroom calling.      
Ross Hendry, Chief Executive of children's charity Spurgeons.
Date: Sunday 17th January 2016
Time: 2.00-4.00 pm
Venue: The Langham Room, All Souls Church, Langham Place, London W1B 3DA (nearest tube: Oxford Circus)
Cost: Free

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