Our networkers champion the work of the charity in their local areas. They volunteer their time to build local ecumenical teams in their area to run prayer spaces in local schools and the wider community. They do this by connecting with local church staff and leaders and encouraging local congregational members to volunteer in prayer spaces. We currently have 6 networkers covering different geographical regions around Oxfordshire.
Gemma is our networker for the villages surrounding Abingdon and Wantage. Gemma is a second year ordinand at Ripon college, Cuddesdon and lives and worships in Steventon with her husband, three daughters and their dog. She loves ministry with children as they teach her so much.
Vanessa is our networker for Didcot. Vanessa is the Associate Minister at Didcot Baptist Church focusing on children, youth, families, community and anything else that comes her way. Before becoming a minister she was a primary school teacher and in her role now still enjoys working with young people. As an Associate Minister, Vanessa enjoys finding creative ways to share Christianity with children and young people in the community.
Nikki is our networker for Abingdon. Nikki is the youth worker at Abingdon Community Church. She spends a lot of her time mentoring students, running youth clubs and working with schools. Nikki was a volunteer in the very first prayer space that happened in Oxfordshire over 7 years ago!
Kirsty is our networker for Witney. She is employed as a Children and Families worker at St Mary’s Cogges in Witney. She has been involved with the annual prayer space at the Blake C of E primary schools for the last 5 years and is excited about working with more schools and churches around Witney to enable children to have the amazing experience that a prayer space provides.
Elaine is our networker for Wantage and Grove. She lives in Wantage and worships at St John’s in Grove. She retired from primary teaching 3 years ago and has since become involved in prayer spaces in local primary and secondary schools. She is also a local school governor and helps to coordinate the local Foodbank. Elaine is excited to see a growth of prayer spaces in schools in the area.
Richard is our networker for Faringdon. Richard has been the vicar of Shrivenham and Ashbury benefice for sixteen years and has been very involved in the life of the five schools in the benefice. Richard is Chair of the school of Trustees of all three C of E schools in which he takes an active part. He visits all the schools regularly, leading collective worship and helping produce the termly collective worship themes for these three schools. Richard is also a chaplain at the Defence Academy of the UK based in Shrivenham. Richard is delighted to be a BeSpace networker, encouraging rural schools and churches to engage with prayer spaces.