About Bob

Bob’s Testimony

Programme Manager Spring Harvest Holidays

Overseeing the whole Programme for a 4* Christian holiday park in Western France. This includes overseeing all of the youth and children’s work including morning groups, specific acts of worship plus relational chances through late night events. Managing the afternoon and evening activities, worship and bible studies and much more. This is all done by training, pastoring and leading by example of a team of 38 paid workers from across the world who live, eat and work together for many weeks.

Youth & Children’s Pastor St Luke’s, Bricket Wood

Coordinating and planning all groups and sessions from ages 0-18 years. Overseeing the training and pastoral needs of a large team of volunteers. Working within the local community and schools to spread the Good news of Jesus and to encourage people into church.

Youth & Schools Team Leader In Christ In Schools

Planned and led assemblies, lessons, conferences, after school clubs and other events within local primary and comprehensive schools. Organising and running training events, conferences and fundraiser's for the trust. Running a youth centre based in Mansfield, which included holding events, running the non alcoholic bar, food preparation, relational work and helping young people in need.

Why not have a listen to my testimony on Premier Radio’s“Men at Work” with Nick battle or alternatively you can read it here.

Brief History of Bob’s work

Ever since the first moment that I knew God was real and that He loved and cared for me, I knew I was called to work with children and young people, in various contexts. The day after I made my own personal decision to follow Jesus I approached the youth worker who had taken me to Soul Survivor and said please let me work with you, so no one has to go through what I have without knowing there is hope in Jesus!

For the six years following the start of my Christian walk, I worked for a Christian schools charity called ICIS (In Christ In Schools) initially starting off as a gap year student. This meant that I received training from The Pais Project based in Manchester, and used that training to work in nearly thirty Primary and Secondary schools across Mansfield. This included writing and leading assemblies, lessons, conferences, after school clubs, Christian unions, Youth Alpha’s, mission weeks and much more. I progressed on from being a student to leading a team of my own and coordinating a lot of the events and sessions at Venue 3:16 (the youth venue I became a Christian through) which was open 5 days a week for varying age groups, including outreach sessions, special events, Rock Solid and bible studies. I learned an awful lot over those six years working for ICIS, probably working more hours than I should have done, but giving a deep understanding of how to do schools work, youth work and children’s work.

I then went on from ICIS to become the Youth and Children’s Pastor for an Anglican church in St Albans. Heading up the work within the church and out in the community. This involved organising, writing and delivering material across the ages in midweek groups, junior church, leading assemblies and events in the local schools, of which in the local primary I was a school Governor. This was all done with a dedicated team of volunteers and working closely with other youth and children’s workers across the area.

Once my time in St Albans came to an end, I moved my life down to Salisbury where I took over as the manager for another Christian schools charity called The Bridge Project, which goes into nearly fifty schools across South Wiltshire. The job involved all aspects of schools work, which was limited not only to what went into schools, but also equipping and inspiring the local churches to get involved with the communities around them.

Which now leads us to the present day and my decision to pursue a self employed lifestyle of helping to equip, train andinspire children and young people, and those who work with them. So for half the year I continue to be available to anyone that wishes me to come and help, with the other half of the year working out in Western France as Programme Manager for Spring Harvest Holidays.

In amongst all the fun and excitement of my full time roles I have had the incredible privilege of being involved with many national organisations which have contributed greatly to the person I am today and the depth of experience that I have received.

For the last eleven years I have been part of a team headed up by Nick Harding, leading the all age worship at Spring Harvest, normally based at one week at Skegness. This has been a real blessing being able to serve people of all ages, and to help them engage with the living God not only as individuals, but as family groups and wider church family.

Also for seven years I played a part in leading the Youth celebrations at New Wine, for five years at both the LSE & CSW weeks leading the Vibe venue alongside the 29th Chapter, with two years taking over complete control of Vibe at CSW and hosting the main celebration meetings. To go alongside my work with the 29th Chapter I have also helped with their work leading the Underground venue at Soul Survivor and many other events they have been involved with.

Their has been many other great opportunities that I have had over the years, including helping to lead two youth celebrations across two different cities. Coordinating, directing and starring in two pantomimes to raise funds for the youth work in churches and Tearfund. Writing resources and articles for several magazines and organisations and much more. I love the work that I am involved with and I am passionate about others being equipped properly to do all that God has called them to. Please do have a look at how my life, experiences and passion can help you by clicking over to the next page, checking it out and getting in touch.

Bob Goody 2013