road HoG ... House of God on the road!
The purpose of the roadHoG is to share the love of God, expressed in Jesus Christ, through:
Being alongside young people who come on-board
Inspiring young people to aim higher by using using education to make connections
Creating community by bridging the gap between young people and the local church and community
Creating a safer place on our streets
The roadHoG Bus Youth Project is owned by Lincolnshire based charity, Lincolnshire Youth Mission Ltd, and works in partnership with 10 local churches, including: Local churches from the Methodist church, the Anglican church (Including the Coastal Cluster, St Guthlac’s Church and Holy Trinity Church), New Life Fellowship and Boston Baptist Church.
Like any house or home, the project tries to create a positive environment where young people can step inside and be accepted. The bus provides lots of activities from consoles to board games, from quizzes to crafts, from hot drinks to tuck shop and from our prayer room to praying the “Grace”. Through these activities, a community of the warmth, compassion and love – demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ – is forged.
Every term, we are lucky enough to enjoy a whole school collective worship lead by Tony Coe (and his trusty sidekick, Dec!). Tony uses a mixture of engaging media including: song, dance, choral praise, video, acting, retelling stories ... to ensure that everybody in the audience can relate to the content.
It is thanks to Tony and Dec that our school was introduced to the incredible song "My Lighthouse" by the Rend Collective, which has since become one of our 'school songs' of identity and unity.
Why not have a listen to it here:
Not only are we lucky enough to have Tony lead our reflections through worship on a termly basis, our Year 6 Prophets class also receive a bespoke package of support throughout the year to prepare them for their transition to secondary school. Prophets Class enjoy multiple visits from the 'road HoG bus' to the school site, where they participate in reflective activities around the idea of 'Pilgrimage' and 'Conversion'/ change. Opportunities are available to pray in the onboard Prayer Room; to explore through engaging quizzes; to praise through song; to connect through talk.
The 'road HoG' then makes regular stops within the community and acts as a mobile youth centre where young teenagers can find refuge, guidance and friendship when they need it. Not only that, but each Year 6 cohort is then visited in their respective Year 7 school settings to ensure transition is smooth and fruitful to enable each child to flourish in the light and love of God.