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Education Sunday

September 2021

Education Sunday 2021 will take place on Sunday 12 September.

The theme for 2021 will be "A word in season".

An introduction to the 2021 theme has been written by CTE President and Free Churches Moderator, Rev Dr Hugh Osgood.

The Bible passages are:
Isaiah 50. 4-9a
Psalm 116. 1-8
James 3. 1-12
Mark 8. 27-38

Please note these readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary Track 2.

Resources
All these resources are free. Each is a downloadable document or graphic:

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Scottish Interfaith Week - Young People’s Competition: Together For Our Planet

September 2021

Billions of people take part in religious festivals every year, but we rarely talk about the environmental impact of these celebrations. Can you find new ways to make religious festival more eco-friendly?

Here’s what do:

Form a group of 2-5 people
Choose a religious festival
Explore how your chosen festival could be made more eco-friendly
Present your ideas in a format of your choice (art, cartoon, film, animation etc.)

Tip: Think about different aspects of religious festivals, such as food, travel, objects (gifts, candles, confetti, lanterns…). How do these aspects impact the environment? For example, some religious festivals involve lighting candles. Most candles contain paraffin which releases harmful chemicals. An alternative could be to use soy wax candles.

There may be some elements of festivals that cannot be changed for religious reasons so please aware of this in your suggestions. However, you may come up with ideas which could make a big difference to our planet, so put your thinking caps on and get creative!
Prizes

The group in first place will win a £25 voucher per person to use on www.etsy.com.

Second place will win a £15 voucher per person and third place will win a £10 voucher per person.
Resources

List of religious festivals: www.interfaith.org.uk/resources/religious-festivals

Faith-specific climate websites: www.faithfortheclimate.org.uk/Faith-Resources
Information for schools and youth groups

Each school/youth group can enter up to three submissions. Recommended age: S1-S3.

Send your submissions to info@scottishinterfaithweek.org via WeTransfer: wetransfer.com. You do not need an account to send files. The maximum time limit for video files is three minutes.

Please submit entries by Thursday October 14th, 2021.

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Anti-racist RE - Free resources for Religious Education

August 2021

The Free Churches Group and Methodist Schools are delighted to be able to offer these resources free of charge to teachers. They have been written and developed by Lat Blaylock from RE Today Services, and a team of teacher-volunteers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds has provided valuable contributions.

In our society it is no longer sufficient to be non-racist, but we need to be equipped to be anti-racist. Many members of the Free Churches Group are engaged in their own conversations about how to combat the inequalities in our society. These resources are a tangible expression of that concern and a contribution to engage with the issues in the public square.

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Bible Society - School Chaplain Resources

August 2021

Resources designed for school chaplains, to enable you to help students, staff, and families that you work with to engage with the Bible. ​

Primary, Secondary, and CPD Resources included.

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Resources for Staff Inset September 2021

August 2021

From the Diocese of Guildford

https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/christian-distinctiveness/staff-reflections


We first created this resource for use in September 2020. At that time we thought that this was the start of a return to normality in school, how wrong we were. The academic year 20/21 has been incredibly difficult for the whole school community staff, pupils and parents, so we have updated the pack for use in Autumn term 2021. The schools that used the materials last year reported that the impact on staff well-being was significant, with staff still referring to the activities in the summer term.
This pack offers a menu of suggestions that schools could use to create an opportunity for processing what happened in the last school year and reflecting on hopes and fears for the future.
School leaders know their staff and so are best placed to decide which of the suggested prayer and reflection activities will be helpful for their team. Staff should be invited to participate in a way that makes them comfortable. We have suggested some activities that are simply an opportunity to slow down and reflect such as colouring and others that are prayer activities.

In addition to this set of reflective activities this team produce fortnightly reflective videos with prayer activities for school staff, they are posted on twitter by @ChrisCrazySci and on this webpage. Below you will find the videos and reflective activities created during the last year. They may well be relevant to your school staff.

Find the editable resources here: https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/christian-distinctiveness/staff-reflections

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