Bible Chat Mat
Bible Chat Mat allows children, young people, and adults to read the Bible and have conversation together, whether around a meal table, sitting on the sofa or wherever works best. This activity can be done as a household, friends together, home group, Sunday group or in a school club. The sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing you to respond to the Bible story in your own unique way.
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.
All these resources are free. Each is a downloadable document or graphic:
Scottish Interfaith Week - Young People’s Competition: Together For Our Planet
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Anti-racist RE - Free resources for Religious Education
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.
Bible Society - School Chaplain Resources
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.