What is Raise
Raise is a 5-11s kids ministry based in Norfolk but has vision to be able to go beyond the borders helping churches and schools engage with children in a variety of ways. Whilst it is fairly new - Raise has experience in kids work for many years.
The team is led by Andy Jones an experienced Children and Schools Worker.
A bit more about Andy
Originally from Stockport, near Manchester he went to university in Leeds in 1997 to study Public Relations. After four years God asked him to move to Norfolk to a place called Holt in North Norfolk to be the Children and Youth pastor for a church there.
From the age of 10 - Andy felt God place it on his heart to work with kids and sharing the good news about God. Throughout his college and university years he got involved with more and more voluntary work in a number of settings.These included being part of a team leading lunch clubs, residential weekends and weeks away, leading multi-site kids clubs, upfront and small group work at holiday clubs.
In 2002 Andy moved to North Norfolk as Children and Youth Pastor for a church there. There he was leading special one-off events to leading a team of 40 volunteers with 100 kids as part of a Scripture Union mission which he wrote and produced.
He has been full time in kids work since 2008 and amongst other things he has written and led 6 kids clubs - and over those seven years worked in nearly 20 schools across South Norfolk with an estimated 108,000 children - written and led multi-church kids residential camps and church weekends away for over 100-200 children each time - prepared and led all age services - written, starred in and led 10 holiday clubs - worked with a large number of teams in different settings - led puppet praise parties and praise parties - led puppet training sessions - presented the gospel in a number of creative ways including using puppets, props, magic tricks and songs.
After three years he moved to Norwich to work with Norwich Youth for Christ as a church worker in an Anglican and a Baptist Church. He got married to the office manager, Fliss, in 2006 and now they have two children - one of each flavour.
Andy can come on board and help you by himself, or where needed, he can call on valuable volunteers to deliver quality kids work and training.
RAISE is currently a project of North Breckland YFC and is in the process of becoming its own charity. It is kindly supported by amazing volunteers.
Raise's founder has worked full time in kids work since 2008