LCET's chaplaincy team offer a wide range of material for the curriculum to help foster spiritual development within the school.
It's often hard for schools to find the appropriate material to meet some of the requirements for 'daily acts of worship'. The breadth of faiths and backgrounds among students means that it's important any input acknowledges this as well as engaging students interests.
Over the past sixteen years, LCET has developed a track record of creative and innovative assemblies, tackling issues that have relevance both for the school community and individual students. We believe it's possible to do something of real value even in the short time an assembly provides. A good assembly should creatively engage students with moral and spiritual ideas and give opportunity for personal reflection.
Our assemblies often contain humour, interaction, personal reflection and strong connections with the culture and experience of young people.
Our chaplaincy team delivers a wide range of high quality lessons, either as a single visit to a class, or as part of an ongoing contribution to part of the curriculum. We are interested in getting students engaged with the big questions of life, critically examining their own and others beliefs, and finding ways to express themselves spiritually. Our lessons are highly imaginative and interactive, and we work hard to bring an extra dimension that makes our visits memorable.
We provide lessons on a wide range of topics, including
Study Unit: Journeys
Lesson topic: Pilgrim’s Progress
Key concepts: Symbolism, Beliefs and Values, Lifestyle
A lesson exploring the Christian understanding of pilgrimage using the classic Bunyan text ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’. The author wrote his book whilst in Bedford jail in the 1670’s and much of the imagery he uses comes from the countryside around Luton. This connection draws pupils into a story that uses humour and drama to explores the Christian idea of spiritual journey.
Study Unit: Journeys
Lesson topic: Stories of the Saints
Key concepts: Beliefs and Values, Commitment
Using a selection of saints from past and more recent history, this lesson explores the Christian ideas of commitment and devotion, as well as bringing key Christian historical figures to life. From St Simeon, who lives his life in the desert on a rock pedestal, to Mother Teresa working in Calcutta, pupils will interact with the life stories of saints and be invited to discuss why these individuals have been elevated to sainthood.
Study Unit: Worship and Celebration
Lesson topic: Is God big-headed?
Key concepts: Worship, Belief and Values
A lesson that takes a tongue-in-cheek question asked by many young people and uses it to explore the Christian view of worship. Why does the Christian faith demand worship and what does worship involve? The lesson invites young people to draw their own conclusions about Christian worship and also gives some examples of types of worship used in different church traditions.
Study Unit: It’s my life
Lesson topic: Do you have a spiritual side?
Key concepts: Beliefs and Values, Lifestyle, Ultimate Questions
This lesson helps pupils begin to explore spiritual ideas and vocabulary in order to discover whether they have a spiritual side to their lives. Using art work from other pupils and a variety of group and personal activities, the lesson help pupils decipher what ‘spiritual’ might mean and decide how essential it is to their lives.