Andy delivered a great session that all the children enjoyed, and was a memorable addition to our church weekend away. Thank you!
Andy's path and mine crossed for the first time in 2005 when he came to the school to take an assembly. It would be fair to say he had quite an impact on the 500 plus children at the time! Andy's style and approach was different to other contributors, but at the same time infectious. It could never be said of Andy that he lacks vigour, enthusiasm and energy!
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It added something spiritually important to our school for the duration of the week, and I think will have had a lasting impact in our own practice.
Carbrooke Primary Academy School : Headteacher
"I first met Andy when my children started to attend a club he ran at their local school. To say I was bowled over by his energy, enthusiasm, commitment and the amazing connection he had with each and every one of the children in his care is an understatement.
He is a complete one off and I am so proud that my children have had the pleasure of knowing him. Anyone who is lucky enough to have him support their kids work will not be disappointed. He has a really unique skill of ensuring his sessions are engaging and fun, whilst at the same time making sure they deliver a key message relevant to the group he's working with. He is quite simply a gift from God and I know he will go on to do a great work with everyone whose path he crosses."
"The children loved putting together the large jigsaw, and learning the poem and actions. They really enjoyed learning the songs and accompanying actions The booklet was really well made."
Cringleford CE VA Primary School : The Big Story RE Day
"The children really enjoyed the sessions from start to finish. The sessions were interactive and pitched correctly. The children came out the the morning buzzing and with the true message of Christmas firmly embedded."
Great Witchingham C of E Primary School : Christmas Experience Day
"There were too many moments that stood out to mention! Andy worked extremely hard to set up the spaces (arriving just before 7am!) and listened carefully to what we wanted so that his sessions fitted in perfectly with what we were doing across the rest of the school. The room was set up so well that you could hear the awe and wonder from the children as soon as they entered. Many adults and children commented to me on how thought provoking and reflective the spaces were and how well the children responded."
Brisley C.E.V.A. Primary School : Prayer Space Day
The children are always excited to see Andy and his team for assembly! The profound messages they express about all aspects of life are conveyed through a range of drama (including the ever-popular funny wigs and voices!) games and audience participation that fully engage the children and always leave them with something to think about. I would wholly recommend Andy and his team for any school assembly or Christian RE topic.
In the session all the young people were engaged and wanting to take part which can sometimes be very difficult in that group. Andy managed to hold their attention and interest all the way.
"The Encounter Stations session, has been a great stepping stone for our youth and children's work, in helping us all to be open to hear from God. For the group leaders it has given us a fresh creativity in how we approach encouraging children to engage with God. It was a great opportunity for the church family as a whole, and one we look to explore to build on in the future." [read more]
Andy was very flexible accommodating and professional with his approach he really wanted to help us deliver a holiday club of our design and choice. After listening he wrote a holiday club from scratch, built a set and sourced many props and resources to make the club roaring success.
Andy and his team made the whole “stage led” experience fresh dynamic and incredibly exciting, from exciting worship to disgusting gunge and challenging messages to colourful design. The children that attended were enthralled with the whole production but of course most importantly they gospel came alive and God’s love for them was demonstrated so clearly.
As with any ministry they are most effective when they are led by passionate and enthusiastic people, this was certainly the case, the whole team went far further that was needed to ensure the best possible holiday club.
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Raise is in over 30 schools and has led over 100 collective worship since 2018