Church Visit Activities

Age Range: 5 - 11

Churches are always interesting places to visit, with lots to see and explore.

Before the visit:

  • Discuss the different features of a church... where are they normally located in a church, and what are they used for?
  • Go on a virtual visit (using a site like Educhurch) to give children an idea of the things that they are likely to see.
  • Look up the church you are visiting using Google Maps or Google Earth. Is the church a special shape? Look at buildings in the surrounding area. How far does the church's community extend? Where is the nearest other church? Can the children describe a safe route from the school to the church?

During the visit:

  • Interview a representative from the church.
  • Ask children to find items / features previously discussed in class.
  • Can the children draw a map / plan of the church, using labels to show where different parts of the church can be found.
  • Sketch items found in a church, labelling what they are and how they might be used.
  • Find patterns / shapes / parallel and perpendicular lines within the building. Ask children to sketch them and make a note of where they were found.
  • Challenge children to find one thing beginning with each letter of the alphabet (e.g. A = altar, B = bells).
  • Ask the children to take digital photos, which could be used for work or a display back at school.

The following activities were suggested by Sarah Rowlands:

  • Count the number of crosses you see inside and outside the church. Sketch and photograph them. Compare them. Discuss their symbolism.
  • Ask the vicar or priest to lead a short service or assembly.
  • Wax rubbings of gravestones (if appropriate) or brass plaques.
  • Act out family real life services such as christening or wedding.

If you have any other suggestions, then add them to the comments area, or email me and I'll add them to this page.


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