Gosport School Pastors, represented by myself and Andy Williams, were awarded the Community Impact Award at the Hampshire Education Awards celebration held in October 2021.
This is a huge honour and one which we feel extremely privileged to have received.
We were delighted to have been nominated by members of the Senior Management Team of GFMAT as recognition of the role we play at Brune Park and Bay House Schools.
This award is an acknowledgement of the positive impact that School Pastors have made in both schools since that very first Pilot scheme was launched in Brune Park School in 2014. I was honoured to receive it as the current coordinator on behalf of all School Pastor team members, prayer supporters, management team members and financial supporters over the past 7 years and was humbled to receive it as recognition of the years of fundamental support and dedication that have been given. From those early gate duties, the small group work, and supporting students who were out of lessons, the games of table tennis and Dobble and conversations with students and staff, to the challenges of the pandemic, online communications, delivering food hampers, lateral flow tests and navigating “bubbles” in order to re-establish face to face contact.
Thank you to those of you who have continued to pray for us and the schools and for those who give regularly to support the work.
I lead an incredible team of people who are loyal, dedicated and passionate about serving our Lord as they reach out with love and compassion to the members of the school communities. The last 18 months have been a difficult time for us all, but even when there was no vaccination programme and so much fear around, every time a request for help came from the GFMAT, School Pastors stepped up to the mark and those who couldn’t be involved in person found new ways to pray together, through prayer walks and Zoom meetings.
I thank God for the schools, the staff and students, for the welcome we receive and for the ways in which they invite us to be part of their lives and their school communities.
I am so grateful to God for calling me to serve Him as a School Pastor and give thanks to Him for you, each and every one of you, for the part you have played and continue to play.
May God bless you all.
Karen Tweed Coordinator Gosport School Pastors
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