Regular Christian input into Woking schools started as part of Festival ’94, a mission to the town led by J. John, and our guiding foundations were laid by Churches Together in Woking in 1995. At this time, we were known as Woking School Christian Action Trust (SCAt) and delivery of Christian assemblies was our main activity.
By 2014, our work had evolved and our name needed to better reflect our wider role and our core purpose of taking the Christian message into schools. And so, Engage Woking Schools was born, changing at that time from an Unincorporated Trust to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
We are passionate about the services we deliver to our schools locally, which are provided at no cost to the schools, students and staff. As such, we rely on the generous financial support from churches, individuals and organisations; as well as the many volunteers who give their time and talents so freely and willingly on a regular basis. Prayer underpins everything that we do, and we are immensely grateful to all of our supporters who continue to hold our work in their prayers.
Engage is also a long-term mission partner of Scripture Union, who provide us with help and guidance.
Over the years, our work has developed considerably, and we are now active in over 30 Primary Schools, alongside several Secondary Schools locally and Woking College. In addition to delivering Primary School assemblies, our work includes the running of lunchtime and after-school clubs, storytelling, small group work focusing on well-being and mental health, delivering RE lessons, organising Christian Unions which support school staff in a pastoral capacity and mentoring.
We actively manage and coordinate all the activities delivered by our team of talented volunteers and church Youth Workers. We also support The Bible Society’s ‘Open The Book’ Bible stories programme, with growing links to local churches’ Children’s and Families’ Workers.
Our contribution to school life is positively and widely welcomed. It is our hope that we can continue to build on this strong foundation of respect gained over the years across the Woking educational community.