We aim to comfort rather than convert

* IT is unfortunate that you did not consult the Schools Ministry Network which you mention in your article. You would have discovered that the first stated objective of the network is to promote integrity and "appropriate standards of practice" among its members in schools.

We are well aware of the sensitivities of families who do not share our faith. Indeed, we advise members to ask: "Would I be unhappy if someone from another faith were doing this in my child's school?"

There is a long tradition of visitors making a significant contribution to schools, particularly in RE. Someone who is open about their commitment to a particular belief can provide pupils with insights which are sometimes difficult for a teacher to discuss.

Emlyn Williams Chair, Schools Ministry Network steering group 207-209 Queensway Bletchley Milton Keynes

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