It is with great sadness that we announce the work of this awarding winning charity is having to close.
Richard Dowling has tendered his resignation, and leaves the employment of the Trust to start a new appointment as Youth Services Manager, West Kent in the March 2020.
Following this news the Trustees have taken the difficult decision not to seek a reappointment. Any good new appointment for Richard’s replacement could only occur with the assurance of at least three years funding in place. Due to changes in the way the Diocese supports mission projects such as ours, we are no longer eligible to receive such grant funding. This funding covered about 30% of our costs. In anticipation at the loss of this funding, we have spent significant energy in the past ten months attempting to secure new funds but with no success. At the same time for a range of personal reasons, in quick succession, we have lost four of our Trustees. In this weakened position we have therefore, with heavy hearts, decided to close the Trust.
We do however very much want to celebrate the way we have all been blessed by this project. We want to give thanks for the fantastic ministry and hard work of both Richard Dowling and our previous Schools workers James Smith and Nathan Wilson. Will you join us on Sunday 15th March 6:30pm at Trinity Baptist Church Tenterden for a service of thanksgiving, and our annual meeting.
Please continue to pray for Homewood School the pupils and the staff, and Richard as begins a new ministry.
Chair of Trustees.
The Apollos Trust
The Trust’s core aim is to provide Christian support within Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, Tenterden and at The Marsh Academy, New Romney.
The project grew out of the need for rural churches seeking ways to support their young people in their parishes as they move from small local primary schools to one of the large secondary schools. At this important stage in their life, many young people lose contact with their local church whose reach is normally limited to their primary school.
Many Churches have come together to create this imaginative project to fund Christian schools workers whose role is to provide ministry to these young people and the staff; building on the foundations laid at primary school, and to enable the development of their faith in an age-appropriate manner. Many of the communities that feed into Homewood School and The Marsh Academy are small and remote, and one of the best places to provide Christian support for them is through their school.
The project is the result of a strong ecumenical partnership between Anglican and Free churches within the catchment area of Homewood School in Tenterden, The Marsh Academy in New Romney and support of the Diocese of Canterbury. We can only sustain this ministry with your support, please remember the Trust in your prayer and consider supporting financially. Please see our donations page, and come to one of public meetings.
Both Homewood and the Marsh Academy are inclusive secular secondary schools in which students of all faiths or none are welcomed and nurtured.
To stay up to date with our latest activities please take a look at our latest Newsletter here – Apollos Newsletter
- To work within Homewood School and The Marsh Academy to promote and support the
spiritual ethos in each school and their feeder primary schools.
- To initiate projects that will encourage students to explore and experience their own spirituality within the Christian faith.
- To disciple students in their spiritual growth.
Our name is inspired by 1 Corinthians 3. Paul writes “I planted the seed in your heart, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow”. This verse inspires our vision to seek to “water” and thereby encourage the seeds of faith to grow. In doing so, it is our aim to support students and staff on their spiritual journey. We affirm, as Paul declared, that all this is only ever done with the help of God.
We seek to fulfil our vision by:
- Offering a ministry of Christian presence
- To offer support and help when needs arise
- Acknowledging and respecting the values of each school
(The Apollos Trust – Formerly Known as The Tenterden Schools Christian Worker Trust: TSCW Trust)