BCA is pleased to continue its partnership with Generate in its work in public schools in Central West New South Wales. Rachael Bell was recently appointed as a Generate Field Development Manager. In this role she will support SRE boards, SRE teachers and chaplains employed in public schools throughout the Central West. Rachael will travel around the region from her home base in Dubbo.
I moved to Dubbo in 2010 to work as a primary school teacher and fell in love with the Central West. In 2018, I moved back to Sydney to attend Sydney Missionary & Bible College where I completed a Graduate Diploma of Divinity and a Certificate of Bible and Ministry. While studying, I worked as the Children’s Minister at St Mark’s Darling Point and coordinated and taught SRE at Double Bay Public School.
I have always enjoyed working with children and have been involved in many facets of children’s ministry including church-based ministry, camps, outreach events, mission, and school-based ministry. I am passionate about the opportunities provided through schools’ ministry for children to hear the gospel.
Children are frequently more open than adults to hearing the wonderful news about Jesus and God’s plan throughout the Bible. There is an inquisitiveness and willingness to ask questions that seems less common in adults (or maybe that’s just my experience!). I often meet adults who have wandered away from their childhood experience of learning about God. When they stumble over life’s challenges, it is their memories of Bible stories, songs about God’s faithfulness, or the kindness and care of a Christian person (often an SRE teacher) that prompts them to reconnect with God.
It is so encouraging to see the wonderful opportunities available for churches to engage with their local schools by partnering with SRE teachers and chaplains. Praying for them and being an emotional and spiritual support is so important and should not be limited solely to the church that the teacher or chaplain calls home. There are so many other ways churches can seek to know and support their local school community. Church members can volunteer to help with lunchtime programs, breakfast clubs, fete days, gardening support and reading support to name a few. By developing a relationship with local SRE teachers or chaplains, these opportunities open up – relationships are key! Through volunteering in local schools’ ministry, these church members become friendly faces in the community and familiar, welcoming faces when those from the local school are invited to attend church events. Children can often be the driving force behind new families attending church – if children are keen, they encourage their parents to take them.
I would love your prayers as I commence this role, and for the vacant SRE teacher and chaplain positions around NSW. May God raise up faithful people who are well suited to the roles available, ready to teach the Bible clearly and show God’s love through their actions.