Details on our range of programmes can be found below, if you would like to discuss arranging something more tailored to your needs please contact the Education Officer here
Signs and Symbols - Faith through the Arts
• look at symbols and meaning in art and architecture
• find out how music, light, art and design can express religious faith
Discover the Cathedral’s stained glass, statues, embroidery and vestments, icons and paintings, and all the visual and musical wealth of the Cathedral – from 20th century stained glass to medieval carving.
- design your own stained glass window
- create living statues
- listen to different sounds and hear how the organ music can create atmosphere
- try on the vestments of a bishop or a priest
- lie on the floor and look up…
Experience Christmas - Experience Easter
• Christmas and Easter in a multi-sensory experience
• the meaning behind the stories
Travel in time to the events of the original Christmas and Easter. Take part in hands-on workshops based at a series of scenes which tell the story. Grow in understanding of how the people in the story felt and thought and what the story means for people today. Encounter Mary’s kitchen table, the shepherds’ campfire on the hillside, the stable – imagine entering Jerusalem in triumph, the upper room ready for supper, the foot of the cross.
- design a Christmas message
- make a gift for the newborn child
- enact the journey of the wise men
- explore meaning through actions and experiences: being alone, sharing bread, following a path, helping each other.
“The children were enthralled with Viv’s sensory use of artefacts to learn about Christianity”
Festivals and Faith - Christianity in Colour
• Advent to Pentecost in artefact and action
• the colour and experience of the Christian year
There’s more to the Christian story than just Christmas. Discover the before and after. Make a journey through the seasons and find how faith is expressed in colour and action. Forgiveness, remembering, looking forward, being aware of others’ needs and hopes, making difficult choices – all these find expression in action throughout the Christian year.
- touch the ash of Ash Wednesday
- smell real frankincense and myrrh
- make a new year’s resolution (any time of year!)
- journey from darkness to light
- grow in understanding of loss and new life
Pilgrimage - Sacred Space
- develop a sense of wonder in the discovery of a place of holiness
- make a journey together
Making a journey together is a way to help a group or class to bond in a common purpose – a great way to end a year or begin it. Pilgrimage is a practice shared by several world religions. Your journey can set out from the ancient monastic site of Darley Abbey and walk by the riverside all the way to the Cathedral (about ninety minutes away). Or for a shorter journey, start at the Bridge Chapel (only ten minutes!) or make your journey around the Cathedral itself. When you arrive, discover the altar and the font and how these represent refreshment and a new start on the Christian journey.
- carry a symbol of pilgrimage
- games for the journey and mementoes of the way
- words for the journey – poems and stories – and silence to meditate
- refreshment at the ancient well of St Alkmund, Derby’s patron saint
- make a pilgrim badge