Not Many Wise

What is the Church? RE resources

The people are important – the Church should be a community of Christians from all races and nationalities.
Why do Christians go church – to worship, pray, listen to teaching from the Bible and to make friends.
Who or what influences the children’s behaviour?

Lesson plans and resources for: What is the Church?

NEW December 2020 What is Church is a PowerPoint presentation (Opens in a new tab on www.slideshare.net) viewable and downloadable for teachers that can use electronic equipment in the classroom.

Updated March 2022 For teachers to teach from a printable document What is Church lesson plan

What is Church Worksheet 1

What is Church Worksheet 2

Lesson plans and resources for: Places of worship

NEW July 2021. Places of worship, a PowerPoint presentation viewable and downloadable for teachers that can use electronic equipment in the classroom.

Lesson plans and resources for: What is in a Christian service

Updated March 2022. For teachers to teach from a printable document What is in a Christian service at church lesson plan

Church items worksheet (Pictures of some things which may be found in a Church building).

How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus on ‘What is the Church?’

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:

  • Visit local churches (more than once) become familiar with the main features of the building.
  • Find out what happens there and why (worship, baptisms, weddings) and what children do (choir, Sunday school, holiday clubs etc.)
  • Explore stories connected with the church (e.g. its dedication, stained glass window showing Bible stories).
  • Meet the people who go to the church and who lead church services (especially the vicar or minister) and find out what they do.
  • Describe and explain practices.
  • Tell of the ways people express identity in belonging to a faith group.
  • How and why do people of faith worship?
  • Describe how the building and its artefacts are used in different ways.

Key vocabulary: Church, Worship, Baptism, Hymn, Prayer, Priest, Vicar.