A scripturally centred Church: The God who Speaks across schools and dioceses

In this second of two article, Fleur Dorrell explores how schools and dioceses have engaged with the God who Speaks campaign to date.

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.’ (1 John 1.1)

We have much to celebrate biblically across the Catholic Church in England and Wales. First, it has been schools that have led the way with our campaign. Without our teachers and children this campaign would not have taken off with the same energy. Schools have seized the campaign from the outset and run with it, and it is schools who keep asking for more resources. Schools have been the most creative, fun and informative with the Bible.

They have been hungry to connect the Scriptures with the rest of our faith and to live it out more holistically. Schools can teach the rest of the Church how to engage with the Scriptures. What does a scripturally centred Church look like? It looks like how our Catholic schools have embraced our campaign.

Second, schools have run all kinds of Scripture projects – which include everything from Scripture detectives to Bible art and poetry competitions, Bible dramas in school assemblies, mini Lectio and Visio Divina tools, homemade Bible story videos and cartoons, Advent and Lent Bible challenges, mini Bible eco-gardens, Bible walks and Bible bake-offs, and a massive range of Bible studies for every age group. Our schools have championed National Book Day with reading favourite Bible stories, plus running Lego and Minecraft Bible competitions. They have created Bible and young vocations projects and key Bible virtues projects for character growth and development. Schools have applied the Bible through social justice activities in the local neighbourhood and trained pupils on how to read in Mass. These are just some of the many ideas that have been devised in schools around our dioceses.

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