PACE visit all local schools to lead collective worship or assemblies to help meet the spiritual needs of students and explore moral and social topics from a Christian perspective. We aim to present a relevant and age-appropriate message in a dynamic way using various media and storytelling techniques.
Primary assemblies are based on Bible stories with a relevant message for the students to think about. We often invite them to actively take part or involve the whole school in an interactive interpretation of the story. Puppet assemblies are very popular with characters the children love and remember. We currently try to lead two assemblies per primary school on either side of half term.
The schools workers always aim to present a relevant and age-appropriate message in an interesting way. PACE offers a wide range of creative and thought – provoking assemblies to every secondary school. These usually address moral and social themes from a Christian perspective. We use a variety of stimuli in our delivery including videos, quizzes and stories to engage the students.
Prayer Spaces is an initiative, led by a national organisation (Prayer Spaces in Schools), which encourages students to explore prayer and contemplation in imaginative ways. The school provides a room, which we transform by decorating it with material and installing several prayer stations. These include a variety of visual and creative stimuli which encourage students to think about themselves, who they are and how they feel, and then to express that in different ways. This might be through silent prayer or by following simple instructions which guide students through a symbolic activity.
Many students found the opportunity to express their fears and let go of their worries very helpful.
We have now been to several schools and have received very good feedback. One school found it to be a ‘calming’ experience for the students. Many students found the opportunity to express their fears and let go of their worries very helpful.
PACE runs weekly lunchtime clubs in schools across the island. We have PACE Drop-In clubs which run all year in every high school and BOLT clubs running for one term in most primary schools. We aim to provide a safe, positive environment where students can relax with friends, enjoy some games and have a discussion. The Drop-In themes tend to be topical issues addressed from a Christian perspective. BOLT clubs follow a series of key aspects of the Christian faith.
The PACE team are available to lead, help or contribute in lessons for pupils of any age. We can provide input on aspects of the Christian faith as part of the Religious Education syllabus and also give a Christian perspective on different topics.
PACE offers a wide range of lessons for primary schools, looking at topics such as creation for the infants, to parables and baptism for the juniors. Please get in touch for more details on the 30 plus lessons that we offer. Our lessons use techniques and activities to explore questions that the students may already be studying. PACE lessons are interactive with a variety of stimuli used to engage students such as: craft, drama, discussion, film clips, handling artefacts, quizzes and more.
PACE is now a recognised centre for REInspired lesson materials in Guernsey. REInspired is an organisation which has been delivering RE lessons on Christian topics for nearly 30 years in England. They are dedicated to working with local schools creating relevant lessons that fit with the RE syllabus. They partner with churches all over the country in order to support and equip organisations to deliver high quality lessons on a range of different topics. Click here to visit their website.
In primary schools we now have a bank of over 40 lessons that we offer to school but we have particularly developed a certain ‘wow’ lesson for each year group.
Year 1/2 – Creation
Year 3 – Christmas in a Box
Year 4 – Easter in a Box
Year 5 – OT Mini
Year 6 – Leaver lessons