Why is RE with Soul different from other experiences of RE learning?
Encourages children to engage in observing and experiential learning about belief in action
Creativity allowed engagement on lots of levels for example clergy with children, teachers, parents, interaction between age groups
What does ‘ RE with soul’ mean to you in relation to the life of your church?
Enabled clergy to share a model of collaboration in relation to RE and citizenship
Refreshed relationship with churches in Mozambique – mobilised a deeper sharing through extending visit to include visit to the school and meet pupils – share about life in Mozambique
Participated through conversations, email, visits – practicalities e.g measuring windows etc.
Rev Helen Van Koevering’s visit from Lichinga to Blair Peach Primary School
ALMA celebration – of many relationships enriched by creative project work
What specific aspects of the RE with Soul approach enabled your church community to contribute?
Use of church space for creative learning
Organising the Harvest Explore Panel with members of the congregation to share cultural experiences and experiences of Harvest celebrations overseas
Different members of congregation sharing about engaging with the community locally and globally – e.g. toddler group – seeing how a church works
The church has prayed for the project and the ALMA linked parish Linchinga prayed for our church – giving thanks for project and its completion
Children and parents from different religions working together
What were you as a church leader able to contribute to RE with Soul?
Hosted, welcomed – offered church hospitality, engaged with parents and children, contributed to learning and participated in creating ‘ a gift’ for Mozambique
Building on existing links with the ALMA coordinator and St Paul’s Cathedral through displaying banners and attending the ALMA celebration with members of staff from Blair Peach Primary
How did RE with Soul enrich your ALMA partnership?
Opportunities to contribute to RE teaching and learning linked to our ALMA partnership
What was exciting about responding to a ‘live’ brief from the church in Mozambique?
Gift – element – a way of growing, enriching relationship – visible symbol for partnerships
What difference did the process extended creative reflection make to the RE with Soul learning experience?
Overcomes language barriers, leadership skills development – working together mirrors the description of the body of Christ in the Bible
Team building, problem solving, research, ideas generation, art skills, enquiry-based RE
What do you remember most clearly about your RE with Soul experience as a church leader?
Practical – getting stuck – in, leveller, allowed relationships to flourish on a different level
How could you explain RE with Soul in a way that inspires other schools in your parish to use the ideas?
Developing parish church support for RE with Soul
What suggestions do you have to enhance RE with Soul?
RE with Soul enables churches to engage with schools in a lively creative way, using your existing ALMA – mission links to enrich RE teaching and learning