Churches, with their vast range of styles and huge number of buildings, represent the biggest learning resource through which we can access and explore the past.
There are few villages, towns or cities without a place of worship. The Church of England alone is responsible for over 16,000 of them. Taking other denominations into account swells the figure to around 47,000 cathedrals, churches, chapels and meeting houses across the UK.
This article, first published in Historic Churches magazine (September 2012 issue), explores some of the projects and initiatives from across England which seek to use and promote the inspirational educational value of our church buildings. Click here to read more.
An example of a church guide that has been developed for use by children can also be downloaded here:
St George's Church, Campden Hill, children's resource
For further guidance and ideas on engagement, please refer to:
The Angels and Pinnacles project in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
Reading the Past is an educational project, devised by The Laurence Sterne Trust and supported by the Arts Council. It aims to encourage primary schools to visit their local church and to stimulate creative work inspired by the stories that can be found there. The site features films of visits to St Michael’s Coxwold which can be used as a template for observing churches in any town or village in the country.
Its Your Church by Scripture Union hosts a tooklit of resources for engaging school aged children with church building.
NADFAS also has information about putting together guides for children and has some resources available to help parishes