This trail takes you to a series of places where Christian worship takes place along, more or less, one street in Lincoln. Lincoln has been a major town for over 2000 years and Christianity has been here for over 1700 years. The first Cathedral was built by Remigius, bishop under William the Conqueror. In about 1000m there are at least 10 different “flavours” of Christian places of worship. This trail helps you to explore the diversity within Christianity.
Time needed: about 90 minutes depending on activities.
Practicalities: There are plenty of eating opportunites in Lincoln or the Brayford area (just to the left of number 12) is ideal for a picnic.
When collecting evidence to respond to the questions (or other you may have formulated) try to use non-textual as well as textual methods, for example:
- Still cameras to collect images
- Video cameras for reflection and to capture images
- Voice recorders to make notes as you walk the trail
- Tablets, iPads, smartphones
- Sketch books
This data can then be used back in the classroom to construct a record of your visit. As well as a report, this could be e.g. a news broadcast, a hot seat activity, a documentary as well as a narrated presentation.
Suggested activities for different age groups
Explore the range of buildings and evidence of previous buildings that you find on the trail. Explore the similarities and difference in terms of architecture and style. Reflect on which of these are more or less attractive to you and why. If you are from one of these traditions reflect on the others you encounter. If you have a chance, visit inside some of the buildings to explore this further.
On returning to the classroom research further the key ideas about one of the denominations you have not studied before.
Explore the different buildings and look for similarities and differences in the ways they express Christian beliefs in the architecture, icons, symbols and other external objects. If you have a chance visit inside some of the buildings to explore this further. Reflect on why these buildings have been created and the way in which they are maintained. Why do you think the people who worship here choose to use their monetary and human resources in that way?
On returning to the classroom research further the key ideas about one of the denominations you have not studied before. Explore when this occurred in the timeline of Christianity and find out how and why that denomination came into being.
Look for evidence of the types of worship which take place including, whether it is sacramental. If you have a chance visit inside some of the buildings to explore this further. Reflect on the ways in which you give thanks for your life. Is this in a spiritual or other way?
On returning to the classroom research further the key ideas about one of the denominations you have not studied before. Explore its relationship to at least one of the other denominations.
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