Contemporary Christians. RE resources

It is easy to think of Christians as people who lived many years ago, but here we look at someone who, while writing this lesson plan, is still doing Christian work in a very challenging situation…

1. Teacher’s background information.

Twenty-two-year-old Jackie Pullinger felt that she wanted to help other people, so with a love for God and humanity she went to Hong Kong to work in the ‘Walled City’ – in the most horrendous conditions and has worked there for her whole life.

The Police force was scared to enter the Walled City as it was full of Triad gangs, heroin addicts and slaves.

By helping and praying for people, she gained respect from the Triad gangs and many hundreds were converted to Christianity and were freed from addiction.

2. Lesson plans and resources for Looking at a Contemporary Christian

Jackie Pullinger gave up a cosy lifestyle in Britain in 1966 and went to help people in the notorious Walled City which was full of addicts, gangs, and prostitutes.

See: Looking at a contemporary Christian. RE lesson plan

Looking at a contemporary Christian RE worksheet

3. Two free children’s songs about being you.

These songs by John Hardwick can be used in R.E. lessons, assemblies, collective worship, church children’s talks, Sunday schools, etc.

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[1] ‘You Are You!’ song.
He’s not you. She’s not you. I’m not you. Value who you are.
This is you so don’t try and be someone else.
You are wonderfully, and uniquely made.

This is a fun (comic) family song that helps us to value, and respect one another.

[2] ‘God’s People Aren’t Super Brave, Super Heroes!’

4. How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus for ‘Looking at a Contemporary Christian’

Hopefully, you will be able to match your local agreed syllabus with what is here which satisfies eight councils:

These lesson plans are based on the Progression Documents of The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils. This is in the light blue text.
The green text is from other Councils: Lewisham Borough, West Sussex, Hull and East Riding.
Here are the main aims of the lesson plan:

  • Faith and life.
  • Understand that the Bible is the most translated book in the world and discover the work of the Bible Society or other mission groups.
  • Understand the challenges of commitment to a community of faith or belief.
  • Suggest why belonging to a community may be valuable.
  • Consider and apply ideas about ways in which diverse communities can live together for the well-being of all, responding thoughtfully to ideas about community, values and respect.
  • What are the outward signs that a person belongs to a religious family?
  • Discuss and present their own and others’ views on challenging questions about belonging, meaning, purpose and truth.
  • Respond thoughtfully to ideas about community, values, and respect.
  • Show understanding of the challenges of commitment to a community of faith or belief, suggesting why belonging to a community may be valuable.
  • Explain the relevance of different faith founders for their followers today.

Key vocabulary: Bible, Christ, Disciple, Faith, God, Gospel, Holy, Jesus, Pentecost, Prayer, Worship.