The Life Exhibition, which told the story of Jesus to around 800 young people in West Norfolk, was hosted by London Road Methodist Church earlier this month.
Following its success in 2007, 2009 and 2012, the LIFE Exhibition
returned this time to London Road Methodist Church
, King’s Lynn from January 27 – February 5 2014, occupying the whole church.
This week long project is a national resource and is an excellent demonstration of how an ecumenical group of churches work together to reach nearly 800 Key Stage 2 pupils in their communities, at a cost of £1250 it was funded by Churches Together
and CROWNS trust
. The LIFE Exhibition is a multi-media experience which focuses on the life of Jesus, and aims to:
Help visitors understand what Christians believe about Jesus.
Enable questioning and exploration of the life of Jesus.
Encourage visitors to consider his impact in today’s world.
Allow visitors to think for themselves about the teachings of Jesus.
Hands-on interactive Experience
There are a few changes from previous years which will make the experience even more fulfilling The resource is modern and engaging for the young person with a personal tablet being given out after the introduction. The children then each use their own tablet computer to tour the first three zones of the exhibition, supported by group leaders, from around Kings Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market and from different denominational backgrounds who helped throughout the week attending whilst the schools were visiting.
Each session takes approximately one hour and this provides an exciting, interactive experience for the children as they face questions about the life of Jesus, His teaching, His miracles and the predictions about Him in the Old Testament. A final powerful video explores Christian claims about His resurrection. To round it off, in the Life Café, the children have a chance to reflect upon what they have experienced with a facilitator; and receive free refreshments.
The whole exhibition is designed to explore what Christians believe about Jesus, but there is no attempt to evangelize.
‘God’s’ Gift to Teachers’
The Life Exhibition has been called ‘God’s Gift to Teachers’ because it fulfils so many targets of the RE curriculum, especially some that are difficult to achieve in the classroom (links to the curriculum and additional information are available on the website).
The exhibition also shows that exploring faiths can be exciting and fun – it is not just about ancient books and sermons! This RE educational visit, directly targeted to the curriculum, is so much more interesting than visiting an empty religious building. Each visitor has their own certificate which shows how they have responded throughout their visit.