Valley CIDS offer a variety of interactive workshops. All workshops are suitable for children in key stage 1 and 2 and aim to explore different aspects of the Christian faith. Each workshop requires the use of the school hall or a large class room to present a variety of visual/ interactive displays and lasts approximately 40- 45 minutes per class. This normally means that Valley CIDS would spend a whole day or half a day with a school delivering a number of sessions.  The cost of a full day RE workshop is £125 plus travel expenses, half day RE workshop cost £62.50 plus travel expenses.

RE workshops available:

Why Christmas? – An Epic journey!

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‘Why Christmas?’ puts Christmas into context by journeying through the whole of the gospel story, beginning with creation right through to the death and resurrection of Jesus. The teaching focuses on why Christians believe Jesus was born on that first Christmas morning and explores the meaning of the title Jesus, Saviour of the world.

The video at the top of this page is from the Why Christmas? Workshop from December 2014. If you would like to see another clip, please check us out on Youtube here:

Here is what Tibshelf Infants School thought about the ‘Why Christmas’ workshop.

The workshop was fantastic! The preparation of the room and the delivery of the content enabled the children to experience and develop a very good understanding of the story of Christmas. The staff found the session to be a useful professional development opportunity and felt that the children were given lots of opportunities to reflect on the Christmas story and to set this in the context of previous learning, for example The story of the Creation. We are looking forward to having Valley CIDS back to lead a session for our RE Day with the focus of Easter.

Head Teacher Zoey Stokes

Why Easter? – The Greatest story ever told

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The ‘Why Easter?’ workshop explains why the Easter story is central to the Christian faith. It involves journeying with the children to discover what John the Baptist meant when he described Jesus as the Lamb of God. The various displays tell the story of Jesus’ baptism, and then continue through the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. It concludes with Jesus’ disciple Philip explaining the prophet Isaiah’s words ‘Lamb of God’ to the Ethiopian travelling home from Jerusalem.

Easter Workshop Crafts

Why Pentecost? –
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit

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This workshop, through interactive storytelling, covers:

+ Who is the Holy Spirit?
+ What does the Holy Spirit do?

+ God's promise of the Holy Spirit for all people
+ Pentecost the Holy Spirit comes

+ The Holy Spirit helps the disciples

What is prayer? – part 1

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In a child friendly way this workshop looks at what the bible has to say about prayer. What is prayer? Does God hear our prayers? How do Christians pray? The session includes creative ways to explore 'thank you', 'sorry' and 'please help' prayers, as well as thinking about adoring God. Various prayer activities include the use of a parachute, stones and water, gluing and sticking.

What is Prayer ? – part 2

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This workshop explores the idea that prayer for Christians is more like a conversation rather than a list of things we ask God for. Children are encouraged to reflect upon Biblical examples of people who heard God speak, as well as considering why Christians believe the Bible is God’s word.  Through a range of creative and interactive methods, children explore the notion that God speaks also through the wonder of creation, through our feelings/compassion and through other people.

The Lord’s Prayer

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This workshop aims to unpack the different elements of the Lord’s Prayer. Through story telling and interactive choices every aspect of the Lord’s Prayer is explained.

  • Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name -
    Explores the concept of God as Father and God being Holy
  • Your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven –
    Explores God’s kingdoms principles of love, peace, kindness etc. Children get to make small crown
  • Give us this day our daily bread –
    Explores what it means to ask God for the things we need and helps children think about being grateful for the things we have.
  • Forgive us our sins as we forgive those you sin against us –
    Explores the notion of treating others the way we would want to be treated ourselves
  • Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil –
    Explores the view that our choices lead to consequences.
  • For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory. Forever and ever Amen -
    Explores the concept that Christians believe God is worthy of praise for all he has created and done.

Peace Builders

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The ‘Peace builders’ workshop helps children to consider what it means to have individual peace, community peace and world peace. Through auditory, visual and kinaesthetic approaches the children are encouraged to think about different elements of peace. This is underpinned by examples from the Bible and St Francis of Assisi’s famous prayer ‘Make me a channel of your Peace’. This session involves making a class mood board exploring the emotions of the children.

Peace Builders

Who is Jesus and what is he like?

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Through magical storytelling and interactive moments, this workshop explores the character of Jesus. It takes the children through a variety of biblical stories exploring the notion that Jesus was, powerful, forgiving, authoritative, death defying and encourages children to consider whether Jesus’ compassionate, caring attitude is a role model for other to follow.