In early July the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott visited Murston Community Bank at All Saints Church and the neighbouring Junior School, where he met pupils setting up their own branch of the Community Bank.
The visit, which was part of a day long visit to Sittingbourne Deanery, gave Bishop Trevor the opportunity to meet and encourage the volunteers, customers and regular users of Murston Community Bank & Drop-in at All Saint’s Church. The Bank, which operates in partnership with the Credit Union, Kent Savers, opened in January, following calls from the Archbishop of Canterbury, for churches to counter the negative effects of payday lenders.
During his visit to Murston, Bishop Trevor also met with teachers and pupils of Murston Junior School to hear about their exciting plans to open their own branch of Murston Community Bank in September.
Murston Junior School’s Head Teacher Mrs Patricia Hatt explained to Bishop Trevor how the bank will become an integral part of the school’s culture. The bank, which will be run by year 6 pupils, will inspire PSHE lessons on money management, finance and savings, visits from the Citizens Advice Bureau and support the rewards system in the school.
Commenting on what he had seen the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott said: “These are such exciting and important developments here at Murston Junior school and I am delighted to hear how the children have been so involved with developing ideas around their bank.
“All the initiatives which are taking place here in Murston are signs of the Church really being Church. We truly show the love of Jesus through this work.”
Revd Lesley Jones, Assistant Curate at All Saint’s Church, Murston said: “I recently came to give an assembly at Murston Junior School and I asked if any of the children knew an adult who was worried about money or debt. It was quite shocking to see that nearly every hand went up.
“That moment helped reinforce for all of us involved just how important the presence of the bank will be in the school, and how useful the supporting lessons will be in helping the children improve their own understanding of money and how to manage it better.”
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