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Does Christianity change lives? RE resources

When someone truly becomes a Christian, people should see a change in their behaviour.
For example, no more cheating, bullying, aggressive attitudes and more peace and fulfilment.
These things may not come immediately, though they can when someone is ‘converted’ – that is, they decide to follow Jesus.

1. Teacher’s background information.

To mark this change when someone becomes a Christian many churches have a practice of baptising the new believer, which means either being immersed in water or sprinkled with water, to reinforce the idea of being washed from the wrong things. See: What is Christian baptism? (opens in a new tab).

Most Christians will want to attend church to join with others in worshipping God and learning about him. Also, there should be a desire to read the Bible

2. Lesson plans and resources for Does Christianity Change Lives?

Does Christianity Change Lives? Lesson plan

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Christian life – RE lesson plan – Coming soon due to changes in the RE syllabus.

3. Three children’s songs about having Christian attitudes.

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[1] ‘Build a strong foundation in your life’ – Kid’s song.

[2] ‘Be kind and compassionate’, based on Ephesians 4:32 This is a fun bible verse song to listen to.

[3] ‘The Tadpole and Caterpillar Song’ – A Fun Song for Kids on ‘New Beginnings plus Change’.
A Fun song to join in with about the story of Fred the Tadpole and Joe the Caterpillar and the changes they face ahead – It Ain’t Gonna Be Like This Forever!

4. How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus on ‘Does Christianity change lives?’

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 for the visit:

  • Explore special times for Christians (welcoming new babies – including baptism)
  • Explore practices you would expect to find in a Christian family (going to church, reading the Bible, prayer, grace before meals)
  • How to respond using words, music, art or poetry.
  • What are the different ways in which people of faith express their beliefs?
  • What happens to a child when they join a religious family?

Key vocabulary: Advent, Baptism, Bible, Christ, Christmas, Church, Creation, Disciple, Easter, Faith, God, Harvest, Holy, Hymn, Jesus, Prayer, Worship.