XXXX came home the other day extremely excited about an outward bound camp next summer that he and his friends had been told about by a representative from Monkton Holidays. It sounded great. Who could object to their son being introduced to such a variety of healthy fun pursuits in the company of his friends? The leaflet he gave us about Monkton certainly looked as though he was going to have a great time – lucky XXXX!... until we noticed a sentence nestling within one of the leaflet’s paragraphs mentioning that “the purpose of these holidays is to encourage Christian character and values”. Our suspicions aroused, we looked closer and found an imprint on the leaflet mentioning the Titus Trust. We went to their website. In their ‘Summer Review’, on their page about Monkton, we discovered their real objectives…
“Such activities are of course for ensuring that the children enjoy a really good holiday, but they must never distract from the spiritual priority of the week, and the leaders’ Bible readings and prayer meetings helped to ensure that this perspective was maintained throughout.” It went on even more alarmingly to say “…but the apparent hardness of heart of a number of others should spur us to continue urgently in prayer for these young people. It was notable that several of those who professed faith this summer had in previous years appeared to be unmoved by the gospel: clearly much happens beneath the surface….” … We couldn’t agree more!The headmaster was only responsible for the prep school. He reported to the headmaster of the senior public school to which the prep school was attached. And that headmaster, it later turned out, was involved with the Titus Trust (his name is on their current website), so little was achieved I'm afraid to say. They continue to peddle their brainwashing of kids.
When XXXX is old enough to fully evaluate the concept of faith, he may decide to become a Christian. Maybe a Moslem. Maybe an Atheist. We do understand that YYYYY Preparatory School is founded on Christian principles. However, we, and most school parents we know, selected the school for its academic and sporting excellence – not for being “…committed to teaching children the Biblical truth about God's son, Jesus, so that they might trust and serve Jesus as their Saviour and Lord”. (Titus Trust website). Indeed we are very happy that XXXX is acquiring a balanced education about theology and faiths from YYYYY as you clearly state in your prospectus.
We have two serious complaints. Firstly that the school permitted, possibly even encouraged an external organisation to market something to our children without our permission. Secondly that the true motives of the organisation you endorsed were deliberately concealed behind an innocuous front designed to appeal to children and parents alike.
We feel strongly that you should inform all parents about the true objectives of the Titus Trust so that they can make up their own minds about Monkton Holidays.
Check out their website. All it says anywhere about their subversive objectives is on their home page: As well as providing a really enjoyable range of activities, the purpose of the holidays is to give those who attend the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and its relevance to everyday life.
But if you read their declaration to the Charities Commission about why they exist, they state: THE TRUST PROVIDES FUN ACTIVITY HOLIDAYS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT WHICH THE CORE TRUTHS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH ARE EXPLORED. IN ADDITION, THE TRUST SUPPORTS CHRISTIAN TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS AS THEY RUN CHRISTIAN MEETINGS AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO ATTEND THE HOLIDAYS.
And one more thought. What if the Titus Trust and Good News Clubs had been peddling Islam rather than Christianity? I bet we'd find laws on both sides of the Pond to have them banned.