I write as I come to the end of a fourth academic year during my time as Director of OSC. A lot has happened in these few years, with many volunteers from Oxford churches joining in with the schools' work, new annual events being added to the programme and lots of lessons delivered. I particularly enjoyed the new
Year 13/Gap Year student ‘Preparing for Uni’ lunch event in July at Headington Baptist Church. Having time to talk about the challenges and opportunities students will encounter ahead of going to uni was really valuable. A request was received for another opportunity to meet up before going away so there’ll be a Part 2 on September 9th at Kidlington Baptist Church.
To have an increased number of churches getting behind the work of OSC has made the work much more effective. Hopefully this is something that will continue to develop as churches consider how they can get further involved, whether it’s through allocating some of their staff time to schools' work, committing to pray regularly, financially supporting, encouraging involvement from congregation members or keeping young people informed of CU’s available to them.
Our new administrator Jo Curtis will be starting with us in September 2019 bringing with her a wealth of skills from school teaching and administration. Seconded from Trinity Church we will also have Josie Garrett, joining as our first intern in September, and Josie will concentrate on the Christian Unions throughout the schools. It is my hope that teachers will start connecting with OSC into the next academic year to complement our regular programme of connecting with them directly.
It has been a pleasure to meet many of you in person and often to work alongside you in a classroom setting. To see continually how God has provided just what has been needed along the way in all aspects of the work of OSC has been very humbling. It is with this same hope and trust in God’s provision that I have chosen to hand over the Director’s role to someone new for the next season and I'd very much appreciate your prayers both for OSC as it seeks a new director and for God to lead me into a new role. Thank you to all of you who have supported me personally and I'm grateful for the friends I have made through this work. Particular thanks go to Chris and the STEP schools work team who have leant their experience to me and OSC since my appointment. My last event as Director will be the Encouragement Evening on 18th October at St Ebbe’s Church.
Samantha and Chris Birch-Evans from Step
(St Albans and Harpenden Christian Education Project) after a recent meeting.
Chris' experience and advice is of immense help to OSC.