A Christian presence in Billericay schools
Schools Ministry Billericay (SMB) was established in 1992 to provide a Christian presence in Billericay schools at both a primary and secondary level and to support local teachers in the delivery of exciting and relevant RE material to the young people in the town.
SMB has subsequently been actively involved in most of the local primary and secondary schools.
As part of Churches Together in Billericay, SMB employs schools workers to coordinate the work across the curriculum Key Stages.
They work with dedicated volunteers and are committed to communicating the Christian message in a relevant way and helping the church to do the same.
They have extensive experience of working in both primary and secondary schools locally and nationally.
Through presenting Christianity, its values and its views in a lively, interactive and relevant way, SMB is able to help children and young people gain a clear understanding of Christianity.
SMB additionally supports the school pastoral systems; primarily through mentoring and prayer spaces.
The SMB team is based at Emmanuel Church, Laindon Road.
SMB provides creative and relevant assemblies for primary and secondary schools. They can follow school themes or programmes of study, or be linked to seasonal activities.
Lessons at school
SMB offers a range of lessons for all Key Stages — including follow-up lessons linked to assemblies.
At primary schools, topics covered include, 'What is the Bible?', 'Why is Easter important?' and 'How do beliefs influence actions?'.
At secondary schools, studies include, 'Christian experience', 'Morality & ethics' and 'Self-image & addiction'.
ALF—About Life & Faith: Helps children discover Jesus and become his followers. ALF is a discovery course for 7-11 year olds, crammed with activities, games, craft and professional DVDs.
It helps leaders share the Gospel with children who have little understanding of God.
New Generation: These lunchtime clubs aim to support and encourage Christian and non-Christian young people in secondary schools.
They provide a safe environment for young people to discuss and clarify their personal values and beliefs.
They also aim to assist students' moral and spiritual development.