Worship without walls?

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CHILDREN from church schools took part in an RE contest e encouraging them to explore whether worshippers need buildings.

Cropredy  CE School in Oxfordshire, and Hazlemere CE School in Buckinghamshire, were the prize winners and were visited by their bishops to be awarded with plaques and cheques.

The acting Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher led an assembly at Cropredy, which gained the Key Stage One award. Teacher, Heather McIlwaine, said: “We started off looking at what the pupils already knew about worship, looked at what worship meant and compared our local churches.”

Pupils wrote poems, walked a labyrinth and designed a questionnaire for village parishioners as well as thinking about what makes spaces special, writing poems, creating stained glass windows and taking part in Forest Church style sessions. Bishop Colin presented the school with a plaque and a cheque for £250.

The Bishop of Buckingham, The Rt Revd Alan Wilson, presented a plaque and cheque at Hazlemere CE School, which won the KS2 award. There, a curate, a Hindu and a Muslim talked to children about worship. Pupils were given postcards for parents to give their views on worship and they looked at Church Without Walls in Milton Keynes and Open Doors, an Oxfordshire based charity that serves persecuted Christians.

Download a longer report by Susan Brice, the RE leader at Hazlemere.

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