A mosque, two churches and a synagogue
Thursday 13th December 2018
We had a great day’s RE trip to visit places of worship around Birmingham city centre! Having had several lessons about other religions and traditions, we were proud of how our students behaved and engaged with people at each place of worship. We first went to Birmingham Central Mosque, where one of our students experienced the washing ritual himself (getting his hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, and head wet!), to understand how Muslims become clean enough to pray in the main prayer hall. Once inside, we were impressed with the beautiful green carpet, and the students asked a lot of interesting questions about the rules for men and women in the mosque.
Next, we visited Birmingham Cathedral and looked around the church at the traditional features they'd learned about in class, such as the elaborate stained glass windows and font. One of the most interactive places we visited was St Luke's Gas Street, a more contemporary and charismatic church, where some of their staff led an enjoyable session introducing their church's history and challenging common perceptions of church in society.
We stopped for lunch in the Mailbox, before our last place of worship: Singers Hill Synagogue. It was a privilege to see this "cathedral synagogue", with its high ceilings and gold and blue interior. Even though it was the end of the day, the students handled hearing all the new information really well!