Creating Character: Compassion, Service and Community Barnabas RE Day

Creating Character: Compassion, Service and Community is a Barnabas RE Day theme from Barnabas in Schools.

This creative arts-based Barnabas RE Day offers a range of ways for primary-aged pupils to engage with the important values of compassionservice and community.

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Focusing on New Testament stories, the day will cover:

  • What are values and character?
  • How do they form the people we are and the communities we belong to?
  • How do values relate to school life both individually and corporately?

Each day usually begins with collective worship on the Creating Character theme for the whole school. This is followed by creative workshops for individual classes up to a maximum of seven sessions. Alternatively, you may select a particular key stage or set of year groups to take part in the day.

The workshops will use interactive and reflective activities to consider what the values of compassion, service and community look like in practice.

  • What does it mean to be caring and to serve others?
  • What does it mean to be a community that lives well together?
  • How do we show these values in everyday life?

For each workshop, there will be an opportunity to learn about a Bible concept or story, such as Jesus and the paralysed man, what might be learned from it, and how it might relate to individual lives today. This is followed by a time of reflection, when pupils are given the opportunity to consider how these values might relate to them in their class, school or wider community.

Additional Creating Character Barnabas RE days are available that focus on Friendship, Forgiveness and Peace and Respect, Resilience and Responsibility.


The Creating Character INSET is a two-hour INSET/CPD training session for those teaching RE or with a related interest in character education.