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Open meeting to consider Christian school

A group of Christians from churches in the Inverness area have been meeting over a period with a sense that God is putting it on their hearts to see a Christian school established in the Highland capital.
 


PupilsA GROUP of believers who have been meeting since March 2010 are now inviting all interested parties to an open meeting to discuss the prospect of a Christian school in Inverness.

"The Christian school movement has grown rapidly in Britain with about a hundred schools now operating. These schools have been set up on the initiative of local Christian communities which have become concerned at the academic and behavioural standards in their respective local state schools." *

Rebecca Tidey is one of the Inverness group. Concerning what has already been achieved in other parts she remarked: "Those involved have made great personal and financial sacrifices to establish their own independent schools."
She quotes William Carey, missionary to India: "Pay the utmost attention to the schools. I consider schools as one of the most effectual means of spreading the light of the gospel through the world".
The Inverness group are also encouraged by the words of US President Abraham Lincoln who said: "The philosophy of the classroom is the philosophy of the Government in the next generation."

Speaking further Mrs. Tidey said that she and her colleagues "greatly value the witness of Christians within the state educational sector who are acting as 'salt and light' and 'frontline troops' in maintaining a Christian influence in the schools; we should certainly be supporting them more.

"However it is our desire to also see a Christian school, with an unashamedly Christian curriculum and the liberty to worship God in a morning assembly and to teach the Bible during school time. We believe that this will be a blessing not only to those directly involved in the school but will act as a beacon and blessing to the community."

A warm invitation is extend to all to a meeting to discuss the issues of Christian schools:

Bughtstop Community Hall

Torvean Avenue, Inverness

(behind the Sports Stadium, next to newsagents)
on
Friday, 27 November, 2010
at
7.00pm

There will be an opporitunty for discussion and to ask questions.

Further information:
Rebecca Tidey
Tel. 01463 222570
E-mail: srtidey@hotmail.com

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References:

Christian Schools TrustChristian Schools' Trust


'All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children's peace!' Isaiah 54:13, The Bible.'


Education is more than just the transfer of knowledge; we believe education is to prepare children for life. God’s truth is found in all knowledge (science, maths etc) so our schools seek to provide an excellent academic environment coupled with a Christ-centred curriculum.

We also believe that schools should be an extension of the home and that children should experience the same values and beliefs at school as at home. We want to provide an environment where our children can be nurtured, to grow in their faith and where they choose, to make Jesus the centre of their lives in every aspect.

Footnote:  There is now established a regular prayer meeting for those concerned about Christian education each Tuesday at 1.15pm in Inverness. The meeting lasts about one hour. Further details Tel. 01463 222570


* Paraphrased from 'The Love of God in the Classroom, the story of the new Christian Schools' by Sylvia Baker and David Freeman, pub. Christian Focus Publications

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Rebecca Tidey/Christians Together, 20/11/2010

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Peter Carr 23/11/2010 16:16
No it doesn't, however I am referring to Christian parents with Christian children, as the article above seems to lean towards.

We have 3 youngsters who have now gone onto further education, and all are the stronger in their faith for what they were exposed to at comprehensive schools!!
Martin Lisemore 23/11/2010 16:24
Yes, Peter, you're quite right. I've just re-read the article and fully accept I was well off base. Please, do accept my apologies, but please, also, pray for my grand children. Their plight, like that of so very many other youngsters, is terrible.
Pawlo 23/11/2010 16:57
The bible used to be one of the central books for learning to read in schools and for gaining a greater understanding of many things.
Today it is used as a tool to disprove and mock God and creation more than anything else.

I think there's an overemphasis on academic education these days.

Or am I missing something?
Martin Lisemore 23/11/2010 17:05
You ain't missing anything, Paul!

I believe both here and in Scotland, the emphasis is on what does the employer want from school leavers? No longer do schools equip young people for life, and that armed with a knowledge of the Bible at the very least, they just pander to 'business,' needs.

Big mistake.

And I don't want to open up a Godless debate here, but the many young people I know around here, really are, almost illiterate, almost innumerate but know their way around ebay, you tube and their 'phone.

Our local co-op store has five graduates working as checkout operators - one has a degree in media studies, another in travel. When they're not on check outs, they shelf stacking!

So much for the billions spent on an education which studiously avoids any mention of Jesus.

Nope! You ain't missing anything.
Peter Maclean (Guest) 23/11/2010 23:00
Whether its politics or education or how to evangelise or etc. etc. surely it's never a case of 'either/or' but rather 'both/and'.

We need Christians who feel called to work inside mainstream politics and we shouldn't despise those who feel called to work outside of the traditional parties.

It's great to have Christian teachers (and pupils) in mainstream schools, but for other Christian parents and teachers to feel God's call to set up a Christian alternative.

It's great to have a 'big name' evangelistic outreach and its great for individual believers to 'gossip the Gospel' to their neighbours.

So why is it that we seem unable to let other committed Christians do something (under God) that is not OUR style?
Peter Carr 24/11/2010 08:28
Peter Maclean said, "So why is it that we seem unable to let other committed Christians do something (under God) that is not OUR style?"

No problem providing the other side of the coin gets consideration!!

Peter Maclean (Guest) 24/11/2010 11:08
Peter C said: "No problem providing the other side of the coin gets consideration!!"

Not sure what you are saying here Peter. What I'm saying is lets do all things every which way (as God leads).

Cheers.
Martin Lisemore 24/11/2010 11:39
Style over substance, perhaps?
Peter Carr 24/11/2010 11:50
Peter M said, "Not sure what you are saying here Peter. What I'm saying is lets do all things every which way (as God leads)."

Agreed, we are probably saying the same thing. However, it seems to me that the proposed school above is going down the American route which is single minded and to the exclusion of a God who rules over the entirety of the earth (Ps 24: 1). Let us not exclude the voice of those Christians who have successfully schooled their children in the conventional way.


Editor 24/11/2010 14:38
Just as a point of clarification, those who are taking the initiative are doing so under a sense that this is what the Lord would want of them.
The group is (as stated) much appreciative of what others are doing in their own calling.
The proposed meeting is open to all who are interested in the schooling of their children.
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