Monday, April 15, 2024

Church Visit Activities

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 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 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 christenings 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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