This year the work of CICS celebrates 20 years since the initial meetings to look at how the church in Calderdale supports our schools.
20 years on and the Trustees and Workers sensed that we needed to evaluate the work of CICS in a changing educational and cultural environment.
We realised that the main need in schools is around pastoral support.
In one local High School we have successfully mentored over 100 young people and are now integrated into the life of that school offering mentoring, Question Point, support for the staff team and occasional lessons and assemblies.
In another local area CICS is involved in the running of ‘Open The Book’ in Primary Schools, the distribution of ' It's Your Move' as the young people make the transition and then lunch time activity, Question Point, group mentoring and occasional lessons within the High School.
Moving forward we believe this is a far better model.
To this end we are looking to change the way we work. Our heart is to become an integrated part of High Schools in the Borough as we see that better fits the needs of schools and young people. This will take time - but do please continue to support, pray and stand with us as we work this out!
CICS will, however, continue to work across the whole of Calderdale as, partnering with local church communities, we distribute 2,000 copies of 'It's Your Move' books to Y6 children each year and encourage church/school links with this and 'Open the Book'. Where invited we will still aim to offer assemblies, faith days and lessons in High Schools.
For further information, comments, offers of support (e.g. running one of our 20 events in 2020 to raise awareness / pray / raise funds) please
phone: 07725501465 or 07890414468
find us on facebook, twitter or cicscalderdale.org.uk
Many thanks for your continued support...
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This is the first event to celebrate 20 years since the launch of CICS (we were a working group from 2000 - 2003 and launched in 2003). Purchase your tickets via the PayPal link below...
It was great to welcome nearly 40 people to the CICS Supporters Evening at The Engine Room Cafe in Dean Clough. The evening included our Annual General Meeting, stories from our schools workers, contributions from Scripture Union and local church communities. We also heard plans for 20 CICS events in 2020 starting on Sunday 2nd February with Halifax Young Singers in concert at Christ Church, Pellon.
Below are a few pictures from the evening, the various papers that made up the Annual Report and an article for church magazines.
Annual General Meeting Papers:
CICS in Todmorden Summer Term
2020 Vision and Celebrations
Article for Church Magazines (please do copy and paste):
20-20-Vision - Twenty Years of CICS
This is an invitation to join us at the launch event of our 20th Anniversary Celebration!
CICS (Christians in Calderdale Schools) was born as a result of a millennium vision for young people in Calderdale, so the year 2020 is our 20th anniversary.
To launch our celebrations we are arranging a concert with
The Halifax Young Singers
Sunday February 2nd 2020 at 3pm at Christ Church Pellon Halifax
Tickets £8 & £6 (children and concessions)
Tickets can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org or at the door.
Can we take this opportunity to ask you and your church to pray for CICS as we seek God’s way forward for our celebration year and on into the future? With the help of our supporters we hope to put on other events during 2020. So far we have a Quiz Night and Garden Party & BBQ promised. If you of your church could offer a prayer event, fund or profile raising event please contact us.
Just to let you know what you would be supporting here are a few of the events and people who have featured in the year 2018/19
Chris Mason and Sarah Stone work part time in schools around the Halifax/Brighouse area and Nancy White in the Todmorden area.
We have 9 trustees and vacancies for more!
In schools exciting things are happening:
CICS was a Churches Together vision and we cannot continue without our supporters and the church in Calderdale. So thank you for finding room in your magazine for this article. Please add your prayers for the future to ours and thank you in advance for any help you can give.
Our website is cicscalderdale.org.uk or facebook.com/cicscalderdale
A letter from our Lead Schools Worker Neil Harris:
The temperatures have begun to cool, the early mornings and evenings are becoming darker and all these are inevitable signs that a new Autumn season is fast approaching.
So too, CICS is beginning a new season as our lead worker Neil is moving on after four years serving the schools of Calderdale.
Having moved to the region to Pastor a church in Keighley in 2015, alongside his CICS role, Neil has now accepted the call to Pastor a church in Stockton On Tees and will also be employed to deliver a mentoring project for young adults.
Neil has felt privileged to work in our area and has loved the diversity of the role, the amazing young people he has worked with and the helpful staff who have opened doors for CICS to come in and serve. Neil is confident that as he was passed a baton when Tony, previous lead worker, moved on, he now passes that baton onto Chris, Sarah and Nancy and the trustees to continue this incredible work into the 2020s.
I am sure you join the trustees, Sarah, Chris and Nancy in thanking Neil for his work with CICS since 2015. As life in schools change we are taking time to consider and pray about our next step so that we continue to best meet the requests and invitations that schools make to CICS.
In November we are holding a Supporters Evening and we would love to invite you to that...
Christians in Calderdale Schools would like to invite you and a guest to a Supporters Evening.
Tuesday 12th November 2019, 5pm - 7pm, Cafe 8:16, Dean Clough, Halifax
The evening includes a jacket potato buffet and an opportunity to hear more about the exciting work of CICS in schools across Calderdale.
The evening is aimed at supporters, church leaders, volunteers, those who pray for CICS and those interested in reaching young people and staff in schools across our Borough. CICS Annual General Meeting will also form a short part of the evening.
As the school year comes to an end our team reflects on the last few weeks...
Neil writes: The team have had a fruitful term with input in both Primary and High Schools.
In Primary Schools, both staff and volunteers have been actively involved in the It’s Your Move program, as a now well established part of Year 6 Transition in many Calderdale schools. Great comments from staff and parents were received on the newly revised books and how attractive they were. One school receptionist even asked for one for her daughter who goes to a school out of the area.
Neil and Sarah had an invite to take part in the RE week at Parkinson Lane School. We delivered a workshop on the work of the Church in local community. The students particularly enjoyed acting out the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
In High Schools, the staff team have supported Religious Studies in Ryburn School. In preparation for GCSE revision, we did some workshops to help students understand some more difficult topics. In Year 8 classes we worked on the subject of “What does being a Christian mean to us and how do we apply our faith to everyday life annd with nine Year 7 classes looking at the Church and local mission. We are able to explore different organisations like Street Angels, The Gathering Place and Bus Oasis as local expressions of this.
When the team lead lessons we always allow time for questions at the end and this term had insightful ones including “What is God like?” And “How does God speak to you?”
Let’s thank God for this year and pray next year will be even greater for us.
Here is an Assembly based on the Trinity for use in Primary Schools
Here is 3 Lesson Plans based on the Trinity for use in Primary Schools
Both of these are developed by Nancy White, the CICS worker in Todmorden
CICS latest newsletter...
CICS Information Leaflets for Church Communities:
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Image Files - for church use: