It was the Education reform act that first stimulated me to look further into the possibility of a Schools Work in Scarborough. 15 years ago we set up the charity which once started at 2 days a week. Very soon, because of the generosity of local Christians and Churches FISS supported a full time worker. Bruce started doing Rock Solid clubs, and assemblies and the work soon mushroomed to what it is today. Peter's prayer letter will give you an idea of the work of FISS as well as other youth organisations.
THE KITE SYMBOL
It is my (Bruce) firm conviction that people read us essentially as people and not our skills etc. They are more informed by who we are and how we relate more than how we 'perform'. As the Apostle Paul put it " We are Gods epistles ..." It's who we are more than the successful presentation in what we do that is key. Not that we should not do our best - God knows how many hours it can take me to prepare one 20 minute assembly! But I do not rely on that. The kite for me symbolises this. Alongside it I would like to put the scripture "Stand strong in the freedom in which Christ has set us free" Stand strong = The rope which keeps us grounded ... The Bible. Freedom = The Wind blowing the Kite. Christ = The Cross in the Centre We are the kite on display. I am not a teacher. I do not claim to have any professional teaching skills but as I go into the schools (and this would be the same for any Christian) so just being there as 'me' is the raw material that God uses to communicate himself. We incarnate God in all we do wherever we are and in so doing bring the good news of Gods love into the hearts of Children and Staff..