Welcome to the coloured glass classroom! We hope to provide you with lots of creative ideas and resource links to help you engage the young people in your religious and Christian education classes. This blog is sponsored by the Anglican Schools Commission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

29 December 2015

Every book of the Bible...on video

Students these days are so visually oriented, mere words don't cut the mustard.

Bibledex features short and quirky videos on every book of the Bible presented by theology experts.  It is a project by the University of Nottingham's Department of Theology and Religious Studies in conjunction with video journalist Brady Haran.

There are varying styles and lengths but a treasure trove of possibilities, growing all the time, is on offer.

There are even videos for themes and particular bible verses.

It's well worth a browse.  It's highly likely you'll find yourself bookmarking the site for further use

You can find it here

(originally posted by Jonathan Sargeant)

22 December 2015

Responding to Human Need with Loving Service

What does mission look like in the 21st century?

The Anglican Communion has five Marks of Mission that answers this question.

They are:
  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth 
This year in conjunction with the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane's message to schools we a series of learning activities focused on the third Mark of Mission - to respond to human need by loving service.

They could be used as a series of lessons or as a basis for something more extensive.

They can be found on the Anglican Schools Office site ascqld.org.au or accessed directly here.

The individual learning activities follow this plan:
  • Lesson One What’s your mission?
  • Lesson Two Whose mission?
  • Lesson Three What do people need?
  • Lesson Four Responding with loving service
  • Lesson Five The Church responds
  • Lesson Six We can respond 

17 December 2015

Transforming Service Conference 2016

April 14-16 2016 - Brisbane

This is an invitation to educators involved in leading or organising service learning activities in Australian schools. The Transforming Service Conference will bring together Service Learning Professional from all over Australia to share a national picture of service learning activities and to.work together on advancing the understanding of service learning and the foundations which underpin service encounters.

The Transforming Service Conference is an ecumenical initiative that recognises the rich variety of approaches to service across Australian faith-based school. The conference will focus particularly on secondary schools but recognises that many schools adopt a whole-of school approach to service learning. International; and cross-cultural service encounters will be a focus of discussion, alongside local endeavours.

@transformserve  #tscon16

Registrations Open Now
Venue: Australian Catholic University Leadership Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane

1 December 2015

What did the nativity smell like?

One way of helping students to engage with the text of the Bible is to get them use their imagination and senses.

A simple Y Chart can be helpful for this.

Provide students with a copy of the infancy narrative from Luke 2.1-21. As they read it have them fill out a y chart. The headings: feels like, sounds like, looks like, might be used to help students explore the mood and details of the events expressed in the text. Alternatively looks like, smells like, sounds like could also be used. Encourage students to use their imagination and to think about the sights, sounds and smell they would experience if they were there.

An alternate way of exploring the infancy narratives would be to bring some things into the classroom to touch and smell such as hay and lambs wool.