The Mustard Tree Trust was founded in 2002. We are a Christian charity with an emphasis on children and young people. The Trust is managed by a board of trustees and employs one full-time youth worker, one part-time youth worker, one part-time children's worker and a part-time administrator. We affirm the 8 principles of good RE as outlined in the Religious Education Council's code of practice.
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Message from our chair
A week ago, I was throwing myself around a stage playing Gru from Despicable me in the Lifepath drama. We had the privilege of presenting the gospel to over 500 first school children from all over Northumberland. As usual the feedback was glowing. But one day, as I wander up the path with my flag, I considered that it’s easy to value such a high-status event, but this belies the work on which it is built. Lifepath happens because of the relationships Kirstine has built with the local headteachers, teachers, and staff as she serves them. This is backed up by Val volunteering in the middle school and Emily working with the youth. And Nick recently told the trustees how important he finds the ‘kairos’ moments when he gets grabbed in a corridor. These moments which don’t fit into the normal working day, are quiet, relational, hard to quantify – these are the moments when the fragrance of Jesus is able to linger in the place Mustard Tree works.
Helen Hume started one day at Lifepath with these words from 2 Corinthians 2
14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him.
I had been praying the very same the day before – that the fragrance of Jesus would flow from all those who we worked with. And we heard lots of testimonies of how this had happened throughout the week. And this happens time and time again as the Mustard Tree workers go into schools and youth groups. The fact that schools are queuing up to be part of Lifepath is testament to this. As is the high repute which our staff are held in the places they work. It’s not just down to what the do – but who they – in Christ.
Let’s hold Kirstine, Nick, Lindsey, Emily and Val in our prayers as they rest and plan over the summer ready for a new year.
I also want to thank Simon White for his leadership of the trust over the past years. Simon will remain as a trustee.
John Cooper is the minister at Morpeth Baptist Church and serves as Chair of the Mustard Tree Trust.