Engage has moved its assembly presentations online, being unable to visit primary schools in person during Covid-19 restrictions. Sally Lynch explains why she loves volunteering and what’s involved.
I’ve loved being one of the school assembly team right from the time I joined the team in 2002,when Engage was known as SCAT. It’s exciting now we’re moving online, and easier for us because we can record our solo parts whenever we have a spare half-hour, and send them on to be joined together.
I can honestly say doing Engage school assemblies is the best thing I’ve ever done – who doesn’t love a stage! I’ve worked with three former full-time primary school workers and many amazing volunteers. I’ve been honoured to have visited on average 8000 children, three times a year, every year since I started.
There are many reasons why I love it: the children’s faces when they see us come to their school, because they love it too; the fun we have as an ever-changing team (we laugh a lot!) and the way the scripts are never the same by the time we reach the end of an assembly run because we’ve added so many ad-libs!
Best of all for me is that I’m leaving a little bit of Jesus in the hearts of each and every child and teacher every time they hear our stories.
There are grown-ups remember the assemblies we did for them when they were at school. Who knows when they might need to remember that Jesus loves them?
Now we’ve gone online I have the honour of creating the online assemblies and leading the team of volunteers. And it’s amazing! Our people live in different parts of the country. We meet up on Zoom, divide out the parts, film our lines and send them into our techie lady, without leaving home: no weeks of rehearsals and being up early to get to schools on time. Parts can be filmed wherever and whenever we want to fit in with our everyday lives. And because of how it works there’s always room for more volunteers. How about you joining us?
If you’d like to be part of this new exciting season and join the digital assembly team, whether acting or using tech skills please email Shelley: firstname.lastname@example.org.