Lesson 8 – Extended reflection ‘Love your neighbour’ in action

Extended reflection: Creating a gift or designing a fundraising campaign for our local church or overseas neighbours

Pupils engage in an extended reflection with an individual, local and global ‘values in action’ focus. This enables them to consolidate their understanding of concepts, consider what difference  learning about ‘water of life’  and baptism makes to believers and to themselves, and apply their learning through creating a ‘gift’ or sharing in a project between their local church and overseas neighbour, on the theme of water of life and baptism. As a result they learn how to ‘Love your neighbour’ in action.

They are able to experience first-hand how they could show love to their local church, community or  overseas neighbour by creating a gift or fundraiser on a ‘water of life’ theme. This part of the unit can be undertaken as a cross-curricular project linked to Art or DT teaching and learning.

This ‘gift-giving’ opportunity can be initiated through the school’s communication with the local church and their overseas church community. Examples of ‘gifts’ created as part of an extended reflection include translating their ideas and learning into textiles designs for the overseas community, such as an  altar cloth, designs for stained glass windows or a fundraising project (See case study: Water of Life, which involved pupils in designing windows for the church in Lichinga, Mozambique,  contributing to the Southall parish’s ALMA partnership.)

The applied learning via the extended creative reflection involving creating gifts for our local or global neighbours,  allows for useful assessment opportunities both of theological understanding and personal reflection.

‘Diocesan Companion’ overseas links, such as the Diocese of London’s Angola, London, Mozambique Association (ALMA) provide opportunities for schools to develop sustainable learning partnerships through local churches.

Key Questions

  • What could we do to help our local church ‘love their neighbours’
  • What could I create for my overseas neighbour, for example  in Mozambique?
  • How do Christian believers communicate their faith through the arts?
  • How can the arts be used as a tool to communicate Christian beliefs and values?

Learning Objectives

  • To reflect upon their own interpretations of Loving God and loving your neighbour
  • To identify what we can learn from the commandment to love our neighbours
  • To consider  ways of loving our ‘neighbours’ in terms of water-related issues and the water of Life theme
  • To communicate Christian belief and values through creative process for an artwork for the local church or community overseas

Starter

What difference do these overseas partnerships make to people involved in UK churches and schools?

Consider how overseas partnerships and project work, is evidence for believers being motivated to love their neighbour as themselves, inspired by Jesus’s  example and enabled by the Holy Spirit
In what ways has investigating the ways that Christian believers follow the commandment to  love their neighbours impacted us individually, as a class , as a school community?
Write a class Acrostic poem using the letters from’ Love your neighbour’ to enable pupils to process their thoughts and communicate their response. Pupils could work in pairs to compose a line for the class poem.

Main activity (Creative project work for the extended reflection can be undertaken as a cross-curricular project with Art and Design and DT)

Values in action: individual, local and global

How can we express our understanding of the importance of loving your neighbour as yourself?

Individual

Review what the pupils have learned so far and ask them to write a letter to their  overseas neighbours to describe their learning journey and explain their understanding of the loving your neighbours as yourself from investigating how churches love their local community and overseas neighbours,  for example how they have been challenged to help groups of people in need, and what they understand about the idea of who our neighbours are, and what it means to love them.
Pupils could write their own prayer about ‘Loving your neighbour as yourself’ from the viewpoint of a believer in UK or overseas
Pupils could add their own prayers on the theme of love your neighbour  to the class display

Local or Global
How can we show love to our  local church, community or overseas neighbours in a practical way, (for example in Mozambique)
What could our class create as a gift or design as a fundraiser,  for our local or overseas (Mozambican) neighbour?
Project guidelines and outline of the creative process for generating artwork or designing a fundraising campaign
Find out through the local church about their priorities and links with overseas partnerships, for example ALMA. Ask  what priorities they have regarding supporting the church and community overseas, for example via ALMA in Mozambique  there might be a need for water pumps, equipment, decoration for the church
Discuss with pupils ideas they might have for creating gifts for the overseas community (Mozambique) in response to priorities discussed with the local church.
Communication with your local church about the priorities of the overseas community should inform the decision making  for the extended reflection and focus for the creative process.

Possible starting points for artwork

  • Bible stories – The Good Samaritan – see examples in Chartres Cathedral stained glass. Creation Story
  • Themes: Spiritual Gifts, Fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5), Tree of Life

Creative process outline

  • Using the church space and involving parents and church members where possible
  • Responding to a brief: introducing the brief e.g.  for creating artwork or designing a fundraising campaign
  • Team work: working in groups  with a group leader appointed who overseas team work throughout the creative process- (considering your neighbour in team work – see related  guidelines)
  • Research and visualising concepts and themes: researching and visualising ideas using agreed starting points
  • Presentation skills development: presenting initial group ideas to the class – inviting feedback on how concepts, ideas and learning about baptism have been communicated
  • Reflection on learning: reflecting on and refining ideas in preparation for translation into chosen medium
  • Translating ideas: translating ideas into agreed outcome in partnership with parents,  staff, church members

Possible outcomes:

  • banners on a theme  (see Love your neighbour extended reflection)

    Celebrating banner completion

    Celebrating gifts of the spirit banner completion

  • designs for windows
  • altar cloths
  • priests vestments
  • priests stole
  • resources for children overseas
  • fundraising campaign

Plenary

  • What did we enjoy about creating a gift for our neighbours either locally or overseas?
  • How did it help us understand the impact of loving your neighbour as yourself, on our neighbours and ourselves?
  • Pupils  should explain how the agreed project idea demonstrates the command to ‘Love your neighbour’ in action

Learning outcomes

I can respond thoughtfully to the Christian idea  of Loving your neighbour
I can use creative process to communicate about the beliefs of Christian believers  and my own beliefs.
I can work in a team to create artwork, or a campaign for a fundraiser to show love to my neighbour
I can reflect on my learning about Loving your neighbour in the UK and Mozambique

Resources and Points to note

Working with professional Christian artists, such as a stained glass artist  e.g. Emma Blount  offers demonstrations and workshops in partnership with RE with Soul as part of extended ‘values in action’ reflection.

See Emma Blount stained glass artist clip – feedback on RE with Soul

Assessment opportunities

The applied learning via the extended creative reflection – (‘creating gifts for our local or global neighbours’) allows for useful assessment opportunities both of theological understanding and personal reflection.
Guidelines for maximising the educational and citizenship values from partnership work with local churches and overseas neighbours for example via ALMA ( Diocese of London Diocesan Companion) are included in the RE with Soul website.