Engage began in 1995 as Woking Schools Christian Action Trust, shortened to SCAt. It was established in 1995 by Churches Together In Woking following Festival ’94, a Christian mission to Woking which included assemblies in local schools.
In 2014 we changed our name to to Engage to reflect our current aims and activities, and converted from an unincorporated trust to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Engage Woking Schools).
Our services are free of charge to schools and students, so we rely on generous financial support from churches, individuals and organisations, as well as on our many volunteers who freely give their time and talents.
Engage is an associate of Scripture Union, which provides assistance and advice.
Our work has expanded under the guidance of God into 35 primary schools, three secondary schools and Woking College. In addition to primary school assemblies our work includes lunchtime and after school clubs, storytelling, anger management groups, detached and pastoral work and RE lessons, as well as support for Christian Unions, school staff and general school activities.
We manage and co-ordinate the contributions to school life of many volunteers and church youth workers. We also support The Bible Society's "Open The Book" Bible stories programme, with growing links to local churches' Children’s and Families workers.
Our positive contribution to school life is widely welcomed and we aim to build on the respect gained over the years across the Woking educational community.
Can we help your school in any way? Perhaps you would like to book an activity or explore a new initiative. We'll be pleased to discuss working with you.
Volunteers with banners bearing our new name , announced during our 20th anniversary celebration in 2014.
Presenting Bible stories to Primary Schools
The Engage assemblies team with a Christmas drama
Our Mission, Vision and Aims
OUR MISSION is Taking the Gospel into Schools by opening up the gospel in an accessible and contextual form.
OUR VISION is to provide an opportunity for every member of the educational community in the Woking area to hear and respond to the Christian gospel.
OUR AIMS are:
To explore fresh ways to express the Christian Gospel by word and action as opportunities present themselves through individual contacts and school programmes.
To enable every member of the school community to encounter the Gospel, communicated appropriately to their context.
To engage every member of the school community in exploring the Gospel so that they can investigate it, interact with it and see how others deal with it, whatever their level of faith.
We have their attention!
To encourage and support Christian staff and students in their lives and witness in the context of their school community.
To energise local Churches by partnering with them to develop their own sustainable links with schools.
To work within existing school activities and curriculum, being respectful of the aims and values of each school community to ensure that the Christian Gospel is taught accurately and imaginatively.
To be pioneers and examples of schools work (as an associate trust of Scripture Union) in the wider SU network and beyond.