New pathways

Chris Andrew and Project Touchline are developing new pathways with Rural Dean Nick Clarke and his deanery team for children to develop their spirituality with primary and secondary schools and churches in Weymouth and Portland. 

“We met Chris through a presentation he composed for us as clergy in the Weymouth and Portland Deanery, and we immediately sensed how effective the Project would be in some of our church school contexts. Chris has evident skills as a sports coach but much more than these, Chris is clearly able to engage a dynamic faith in God with the physical and spiritual needs of the children in the schools that have hosted him.

Project Touchline is a well-crafted programme that fits neatly into the school curriculum, combining PE with the teaching of Christian values. It is dynamic, action-packed and pours out of an enthusiastic heart that is passionate about growing faith amongst the children in the school environment.

What is also significant is Chris’ desire to create pathways for growing faith. The Growing Faith clubs undoubtedly inspire children’s faith and spirituality with the aim being to equip and nurture their faith into secondary schooling.

With the number of church schools in the Weymouth area we are excited at the prospect of what seems to be the aim of a creative partnership between school, home and church and with such partnerships, nurture strong Christian disciples amongst the children and youth, a top priority in our Deanery Plan going forward.


Rev Nick Clarke Rural Dean

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