Christianity walk gives technology breakPosted: 2nd February 2021
Daily exercise turned into a lesson in mindfulness and Christianity for young people.
In an effort to get students – learning from home – away from their computer screens, Epping St John’s Church of England School set a challenge for their daily walk.
The No Screen Christianity Walk encouraged students in Year 7 to 9 to make their time outdoors more meaningful.
They were given a tally chart with religious places of worship and religious items to look out for.
Laura O’Boyle, head of RE and Christian ethos lead, said: “The aim of this homework project was not only to give time away from the screen, but also to make their daily walk more engaging and more mindful of Christianity and religion within their local community.
“It has been heartening to see students engaging with this activity with photos sent into us. One student took a photo of the church she can see from her front door while I was introducing the homework! It was great to see the immediate engagement.
“Not only have we succeeded in reducing screen time, we have also encouraged fresh air activity and given a purpose to the daily walk. It is important to take time to notice the things around us. Our hope is that students’ daily walks will be a little more mindful going forwards.”