Footprints of Faith – autumn term walks

The Footprints of Faith walks trace the stories of some of Cambridge’s most influential thinkers and activists visiting the places they knew and where some of their groundbreaking work took shape. Guided walks on the themes of Science and Human Rights will be available for schools to book throughout the autumn term. A storyteller to lead the walk and travel grants for transport costs can be provided: please email admin@csoc.org.uk to book. Teachers can alternatively use online teaching resources to lead a walk themselves. To find out more, please visit: footprintsfaith.wordpress.com

Foundation Governors – our schools need you

The Trust appoints half of the Foundation Governors that make up the governing body in our schools, the other half being appointed by the Diocese of Ely. We are always looking for individuals who would be interested in taking up this role, which has a special focus on supporting the Christian ethos of our schools. If you would like to learn more about the Foundation Governor role and how to apply, please contact the Trust atadmin@csoc.org.uk.

Footprints of Faith Cambridge Walks

Footprints of Faith is a programme of Cambridge walking tours, developed to support the RE curriculum and encourage cross-curricular links with other key subjects, in particular science and history. Many world-leading pioneers in scientific discovery and social reform have lived and worked in Cambridge over the centuries. Many were inspired by their faith, which the Footprints walks explore. Schools can book a guided walk at any time in the year on the theme of Human Rights or Science, or they can undertake their own walk using the Footprints of Faith resources. The walks have been adapted to be suitable for KS1, KS2 and KS3 children.

In October as part of Black History month, pupils from Coton Primary School took part in a Human Rights walk to discover the key part Cambridge played in the anti-slavery movement. At the Round Church, they heard the story of freed slave Olaudah Equiano and his connection to Chesterton; his book describing his experience of slavery shocked the nation and fired the abolitionist movement. William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson, both students at St John’s College, took up the fight, and the children visited the chapel to discover their stories. At each stop, they explored ideas and issues raised by the stories through writing and drawing activities. Clarkson was inspired by an essay competition about slavery set by Peter Peckard, Vice-chancellor of Cambridge University and preacher at Great St Mary’s, the last stop on the walk, where children had the exciting opportunity of speaking out against present-day slavery from the pulpit, following in Peckard’s footsteps.

Coming soon

There will be a special focus on Footprints Science Walks throughout March 2018 to coincide with Cambridge Science Week. On these walks, children will  encounter the stories of great scientists, including Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, who was revered by Einstein for his groundbreaking work on electromagnetism, and Ernest Rutherford, who has been called the Father of Nuclear Physics.

For more information and to book, please contact us at admin@csoc.org.uk

Schools’ exhibitions and workshops

Every year, different Cambridge city churches host our special exhibition weeks for schools. These workshop events bring alive stories and people from the Bible through dramatic storytelling and encourage children to think about aspects of faith and to respond imaginatively to the stories through creative crafts and art.

This autumn, ‘Seeing through Prophets’ Eyes’ at St John’s Church, Hills Road, explored what it means to be a prophet and why some of the messages from prophets of long ago are still remembered and can speak to us today.

Special Christmas workshops were held at St Clement’s Church and St George’s Church, Chesterton at the beginning of Advent, exploring the much-loved story of the very first Christmas.

Coming soon

The first schools’ exhibition in 2018 will be on a theme for Lent at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 19–23 February. Each session for a class of 30 children lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. Transport can be provided. For more information and to book, please contact us at admin@csoc.org.uk