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Sycamore Tree Group facilitator training

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Elim Bristol City Church ,

3-15 Jamaica Street

Bristol

BS2 8JP

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The Sycamore Tree Programme takes its name from the story of Zac and his encounter with Jesus (Luke 19:1–10). The story enables learners on the programme to explore the effects of crime on victims, offenders, and the community.

Zac had chosen a lifestyle which made people hate him. He made money by collecting taxes from his own community, extorting money from and defrauding them. Tax collecting was also seen as collaborating with the enemy, the Romans. Zac felt that his isolation from the community was worthwhile because he had plenty of money, a magnificent house, plenty of food and all the creature comforts he wanted.

However, he still felt that he lacked something and he needed to see Jesus. No one was more surprised than Zac when Jesus singled him out and asked if he could come to his house for a meal. They talked and even though we do not know what was discussed, from then Zac changed. He decided to change his lifestyle and to show he really had changed he gave back to the people he had stolen from four times what he had taken. In addition to that, he gave away half of all he owned to the poor.

This is a short and simple story which we use as a basis for answering questions in group work, and in doing so imagine what Zac’s life was like in the culture in which he worked. It raises a number of important issues, which are relevant to victims and offenders today.

• The attitude of offenders towards victims
• The attitude of victims towards offenders
• The need for restoration, forgiveness and restitution (giving something back)




The Group Facilitator training will cover;

  • The Role & Responsibilities of a group facilitator
  • The Story of Zac - Restorative Justice
  • Teamwork & Authority
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