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Rio - Christ the Redeemer statue

Collective Worship outline reflecting on the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Links with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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A Palm Sunday rant - storytelling by one of Jesus' enemies

The story of Palm Sunday introduces the events of Holy Week with an account of Jesus noisily disrupting the religious life of the temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 21:12-16). This version is an exercise in simple storytelling, from the point of view of one of the priests in charge of the temple.

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The Rich Song

Song by John Hardwick, relevant to the Barnabas RE Day 'What's money worth?'

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Percussion Advent

A three-part percussion workshop using music and poetry to explore Advent - the time when Christians prepare for the coming of Jesus as the 'Light of the World'.

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Mightier than the sword

When it comes to making a difference, letter - writing can still change the world. Whether using Royal Mail, emails, texts or social media, we should never underestimate the power of a few well - chosen words to pass on important information, change minds or encourage a new course of action. Correspondence makes up a significant part of the Christian Bible, especially the New Testament—and many letters among the first - century Christian networks are still remembered for their powerful rhetoric concerning money, status and power. Written before the Gospels, these epistles reveal a scattered international community coming to terms with their new obligations to serve each other. James's letter challenged established ideas about personal status, and Paul's second letter to the Corinthians was an emotional fundraiser for famine relief.

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Writing parables about thankfulness, generosity and money

Creative writing is taught for all kinds of purposes - including writing stories that carry a message. The art of persuasion can be subtly practised through telling stories with a key idea as a narrative. One of the greatest exponents of persuasion through story was Jesus of Nazareth with his parables. Many of Jesus' parables used everyday events and concerns about money, status and possessions to make their point, although Jesus rarely explained them. This lack of a clear 'moral of the story' probably made them more memorable - and they continue to be among the most famous 'traditional stories' in the world.

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'Ethical' number challenges and investigations with money

Numeracy doesn't have to be morally neutral. The What if Learning project suggests that a Christian understanding of life can make a positive difference to teaching and learning. Teachers of all faiths and beliefs have found this approach helpful when considering how their subjects might contribute to a child's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. But how could Numeracy investigations about money show the values of faith, hope and love? Here are some possibilities you might want to adapt to suit the needs of your pupils. All provide challenging Numeracy investigations into working with money - and add an ethical dilemma for discussion during the plenary part of the lesson.

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The Roman Empire, its money and 'giving to Caesar'

The Christian Bible's New Testament provides original source material describing life at the edge of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. Much of what happened in Roman Britain would have followed the same pattern as that in Roman Judea. Although the Roman Empire allowed several concessions to the monotheistic Jewish religion, taxes were raised to pay the wages of Roman legionaries; food speculators were growing rich by hoarding scarce grain; rich Roman nobles were amassing personal fortunes; and the Empire was lurching through a series of crises caused by unstable governments and civil war. The ordinary people of conquered provinces such as Judea were heavily taxed, breeding resentment among them, which would eventually lead to violent rebellion in AD70.

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Weighing it up - an investigation with coins

Soon after metal coins began to be used as currency across the civilised world, organised criminals realised there were profits to be made in forging fake coins of inferior metals. Unit 2 of Valuing Money tells the story of Isaac Newton's later career working for the Royal Mint, hunting down forgers.

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Putting others first - The Titanic

What is the value of a human life? Are some worth more than others? This assembly uses data from the report of a human disaster to reflect on how different 'classes' of people were treated before and during the sinking of the Titanic, over 100 years ago. It also uses these statistics to reveal the generous sacrifice of those who willingly surrendered their own lives during the disaster, so that others could live.

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