About Blackpool Schools and Youth Work (BSYW)
The success of the ministry of BSYW is firstly down to God’s faithfulness to us and also to the loyal support of local Christians who support the work in prayer (following the prayer diary issued each half term) and to those who faithfully give financially.
The vision of BSYW is that in partnership with the local churches we can together “Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord”
WHAT IS BSYW?
It is an interdenominational Christian Charity (Registered Charity No. 1054585) working in schools and churches of Blackpool and the Fylde.
WHAT BSYW DO?
A team of volunteers take assemblies on regular basis in nearly 40 schools. In an average year we take well over 300 assemblies and see over l0,000 children and staff. We also take regular RE lessons and are often invited to speak at Easter, Harvest, Christmas and other special services.
WHAT DO SCHOOLS THINK OF BSYW?
A measure of the trust that we have gained with local schools is the number of times we have been invited to take assemblies during schools OFSTED inspections – around 30 times in fact! We have received many positive comments from the schools inspectors, which are often recorded in the school’s reports, comments such as “Their input enriches the school’s collective worship”. Head teachers and staff greatly value the work of BSYW and welcome us as part of the school “family”.
WHAT BSYW TEACH?
All our input in schools, reflects the broad traditions of Christianity based on the Bible. We are always careful to be sensitive to those of other faiths and never see a school assembly as a “Pulpit” from which to preach. We share the truth of scripture in a relevant and age appropriate way.
HOW IS BSYW FUNDED?
We do not receive any finance from the Education Authority or from any central church funding. We raise our own support and rely solely on the generosity of local churches, individuals and some local schools. BSYW does not charge schools for their visits.
The work is endorsed by many church leaders from different denominations such as the Bishop of Blackburn who says, “I highly commend the ministry of Blackpool Schools and Youth Work”