Children Worldwide Team Members
We have around 40 members working across the UK, delivering teaching, activities and Church based Children’s Work, all benefiting from the support and friendship of belonging to Children Worldwide. We promote a real sense of family amongst our members, meeting together regionally to share experiences, resources and support, and then coming together in January to renew friendships and encourage each other at our annual Team Conference, using the wonderful facilities of Dalesdown.
At CW we know how it feels to be doing Christian Children’s work in isolation. Our structure helps to provide the active support of other Christian children’s workers and teams, to break down that sense of isolation and to encourage you in serving Jesus. Let us introduce you to a few of the team who are out there spreading the Good News!
Paula visits schools, (both mainstream and special needs) taking assemblies, lunch time and after school clubs. She is a wheelchair user and leads class sessions helping children to understand disability and diversity. Paula also helps to lead holidays for youngsters and families affected by disability. She is willing to advise on issues of inclusion – for children with additional needs.
Tj is mum to Wonky who has very complex medical needs. She has a passion for working with children with additional needs, and especially getting alongside parents, both Christian and non-Christian. She co-ordinates two Toddler Groups where they have so many families on one day, we have to turn people away!
TJ has been volunteering with kids at Spring Harvest since ’94, mainly doing special needs, but wherever she is needed. She previously worked with Social Services as a freelance consultant. She works with children with disabilities, with a focus on children with hearing difficulties and those with autistic spectrum disorders. TJ’s other very big area of interest and where she hopes to focus more in the future, is children with attachment disorders.
Steve and Kay held the role of National Directors of Children Worldwide for 14 years until January 2016, but remain active members of the team.
Kay was a children’s nurse until God called her into full time children’s work over 20 years ago. As well as children’s work, Kay also offers consultancy and training in all areas of working with children who have disabilities and additional needs. Kay is an author, also writing for Childrens Work magazine and blogs regularly at www.kaymorgangurr.com. Kay speaks on accessibility issues, working strategically with various national Christian organisations including Spring Harvest. She is Chair of Children Matter and a Council member of the Evangelical Alliance.
Steve is a full time children’s worker based with Kay in Leicester. He served many years as an industrial administrator and eventually worked with Relate. Steve married Kay and joined Children Worldwide in 1996. He loves writing and leading child-friendly songs and using his puppets to teach children in memorable ways. He collects guitars. Steve is a Trustee for Family Foundations Trust, the Christian charity of which CW is a part.
Sue is an artist and writes stories for children. Sue is also the director of a puppet theatre company called Ready Assembled, touring all the local Horsham primary schools at Christmas and Easter with 25 minute presentations of God’s wonderful story. Sue helps lead the Sunday children’s work in her local church where they aim to create an environment in which children aged 4 – 14 years, all in together, can encounter God.
I visit 29 primary schools in Leicester and Leicestershire with puppets, songs, Bible stories and humour. Supported by individuals and churches I have been working as Primary Concern since 1993.
I also provide training sessions for churches on puppet work, songs and song writing, storytelling (esp. telling Bible stories effectively and well) and most aspects of working with children in churches and beyond.