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blue_cogWhat is Connect?

Connect is passionate that by connecting children and communities in the areas of faith, this produces whole people who understand themselves more effectively and can relate to others of all faiths and of no faith with a deeper understanding and celebration of the links that bring people together.

Our focus is in developing a child’s sense of their own spirituality and how schools can connect with them in helping to make this happen in an authentic and meaningful way.

We believe that the local church can be a key place of connection in supporting schools to help children develop with their life questions and personal spirituality in order to make sense of who they are and how they connect with the world around them.

red_cogWe aim to:

Equip and train schools to produce a meaningful spiritual experience for a child where they gain more than knowledge, but can reflect and respond to the ever changing world around them

Equip and train churches to understand the needs of their local schools and how helpful, relevant and meaningful relationships and connections can be made to support the work of developing children spiritually.

Get Connected

Interested so far?  If so feel free to download this Connect Information and/or use our contact form to get in touch.
You can also see some examples of CONNECT projects here.
Here is also a CONNECT School Draft Plan for a programme in a school in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Linds Ledger

CONNECT Co-ordinator

Linds Ledger B Ed (Hons) QTS
Linds has been Deputy Head Teacher in two Oxfordshire Primary schools, and acting Head in one.  She has taught across the whole Primary age range.  She brings her degree in RE and theology together with this teaching experience to the Connect team.  Whilst teaching part-time she is a consultant for churches developing children’s programmes and running events.
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Nick Jackson

Project Support

Nick Jackson BSc (Hons) QTS
Nick brings a wealth of experience from his Primary leadership roles, including Deputy Head teacher and his present role as the UK Director for a Children’s Charity running local and national events; he is also a local school Governor, and leader of REInspired Oxford. Nick is experienced in training and mentoring teams and has experience of working overseas.
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BIble Detectives – Year 5 Photo Gallery

Year 1 and 2 Teacher

The RE teaching and encounter activities were amazing and helped children to see faith and consider God in relevant and exciting ways. Thank you!

Year 5 Teacher

Bible Detectives has been a very positive and engaging course for my class. Linds was energetic, engaging and very creative, which has impacted the children and helped them to explore faith and their own beliefs and values.

Tom Brice (Children’s Pastor, Buckingham Parish Church)

Linds came to work with me and my team to help develop the work we were doing with children. Working with Linds was always fun and her desire and ideas to help children reach their full potential in Christ was inspiring. She has a wealth of knowledge at her fingertips to draw from and knew how to create opportunities for children to engage in meaningful experiences with God during creative and thought provoking activities. She helped to develop a team that shared the same heartbeat and vision and helped me personally realise a call I have had on my life to work closely with children, helping them experience something special of who God is in their lives. Through her support I have been appointed as Children’s Pastor in a growing Church of England Church and the experience I have gained with her has been invaluable.

Mrs F Browne (Headteacher)

‘Bible Detectives’ was delivered to our Year 5 children. The process that they were taken through enabled the children to reflect upon and talk about their own perceptions and beliefs about Christianity and the Bible. As the sessions developed, the children grew spiritually with the level of their thinking deepening and becoming more thoughtful and thought provoking in both their responses and their questioning. They engaged wholeheartedly in the activities and whilst there was a range of depth in their engagement, this too deepened through the course of the sessions. The children enjoyed the opportunity to explore the Bible through the activities provided and have gained in their own knowledge, understanding and beliefs.

Mrs S Vidovic (Bishop Loveday Primary)

Staff valued time to discuss and reflect on their own experiences as part of the training session. Teachers were shown a range of activities and approaches, allowing them to explore the purpose and benefits of the Connect Worship Matters Workshops.

Year 3 Teacher

The Connect training was fresh and exciting and helped us to think about the importance of creating space for children in a very busy curriculum. Well worth attending.

Year 4 Teaching Team (Bishop Loveday Primary)

The children thoroughly enjoyed the practical nature of the workshops. They were given the opportunity to share, respond and reflect during these interactive sessions. This included drama, games, singing, outdoor learning, discussion, writing poems/songs and...

Key Stage 2 Teaching Assistant

As a teaching assistant in the classroom of a 6 week Connect course, it was wonderful seeing the children so involved and inspired. It prompted me to ask questions too and to think about God and my understanding of him.

Parent of Year 5 and 6 boys

Mrs Ledger is a very passionate and skilled communicator who has engaged both of my boys in her sessions. It is encouraging to hear how excited they now are about developing their own faiths. A great experience.

Parent of Year 4 Boy

Thank you to Mrs Ledger who has impacted my boy Charlie. From the ‘Worship Matters’ course that he did with Connect in school, he was able to implement his experience to a challenging situation at home with the death of his Nan. Charlie knew that God still loved him...

Worship Matters – Year 4 Photo Gallery

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