Engage's festive celebration attended by Bishop Jo and Woking Mayor, Cllr. Beryl Hunwicks

We welcomed guests of honour Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Mayor of Woking, and Right Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking, to our pre-Christmas lunchtime celebration for our volunteers and schools workers, and also for representatives of local churches which support our work. Cllr Hunwicks stressed the importance of her own Christian faith in enabling her to perform her duties. She recalled that she had herself served for several years as a trustee of Engage. “My job as mayor makes me excited - and I’m excited about Engage! “When I visit schools children say they really look forward to visits by Engage. They are willing to hear and experience the things Engage can offer.” In thanking Engage’s schools workers, trustees and its many volunteers, Cllr Hunwicks said, “What you are doing is amazing. You are making a big difference to the people of this town.” Bishop Jo said, “I am honoured to be here to engage with Engage and to blow its trumpet. Religious literacy in society is at an all-time low. “Faith is seen as an exotic thing. Matters of faith are equated with particular ethnic groups.” Reflecting on the misunderstandings in society today of different faiths and also of matters of faith, she stressed that the only way to address some of these is through the young in their school curriculum. “Engage brings together Christians to engage with schools: it is much more than the sum of its parts. ‘Thank you’ to those who do it.”

The event was held at Andy’s Café in the St Andrew’s Church Centre in Goldsworth Park.

Pictured are (from left): Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Mayor of Woking, Right Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking, and Shelley Blunden, Engage Secondary Schools Worker/Administrator.

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