The Trust’s core aim was 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 came 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 was 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.
Both Homewood and the Marsh Academy are inclusive secular secondary schools in which students of all faiths or none are welcomed and nurtured.
- 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 was 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 sought 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 was formerly known as Tenterden Schools Christian Worker Trust or TSCWTrust