Have you ever heard a familiar song which reminded you of a specific event? Or smelt a particular smell and been transported back in time? That is what it felt like when stepping back into a primary school when our first child was ready to begin their schooling journey.
My husband and I sat in the main school hall waiting to hear a presentation when all the sensations of feeling nervous, excited and little came flooding back. Everything looked so tiny and we looked like giants perched on small chairs. Was everything really “that” small when we were so young?
As the initial weeks sped by, it was clear there were many opportunities to get involved in school life like helping at summer fayres, planning seasonal fundraising events, reading to pupils and helping on school trips.
As fifteen years have passed, it has been humbling, encouraging and sobering to consider how by simply offering yourself – your time, energy, focus, commitment, character and giftings – a school has changed for the better. I don’t say this to ‘big myself up’ as at times I wondered if I had any unique contribution to make. But as a whole governing body team, collaborating together, looking at the bigger picture rather than the day-to-day issues and bringing strategic input, it has been both a great privilege and rewarding to see a school community transform for the better.
At Bless, there are many who have served, or who are currently serving as school governors, mentors, teaching and non-teaching staff. We are committed to our communities and society – our schools are a significant part of this.
We believe giving out and beyond ourselves requires a kingdom mentality. The apostles of Jesus carried authority and broke through and sought to give out beyond themselves. Doors opened and provision was released. They served and were totally relational. The apostles were called and anointed by God, not simply appointed by man. They were recognized and received by others, not self appointed nor looked for titles or labels.
We believe a investing into our schools can make a hugely positive difference in our communities and society. We can do this by simply serving, investing ourselves and our talents in various ways and not looking for status or position. Whether you are a parent or not, it need not matter. Consider how you could get involved in school life or support others who are currently involved in schools.
More than anything, pray for our children who must be the focus – their education, overall development and growth is paramount and we can be part of this journey together.
Author – Linda Ward.