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Grand Ideas are for congregations who have the time and resources to really do something BIG. You will find ideas for one-offs, week-long events and ideas that will inspire your creativity!


Money Managment Course

Many young people are growing up without any direction on how to navigate their way through the important decisions about how to handle their money. CAP Money Youth is designed to change all of that. It is a very simple but very affective money management course which has now been adapted for secondary school pupils.  

For a church member to deliver CAP Money Youth course would be a fantastic way to serve a local school and to reach out to the young people in the community

CAP Money Youth is based around a character called Sam who is about to head off to college and has to learn to budget for the first time.  As a group we work through Sam’s budget to see if we can help it to balance.  The course also looks to answer questions such as:

  • What does APR mean?
  • How much interest is on a store card?
  • What is bankruptcy and what happens when things go wrong?

The content has been received very positively by schools as it promotes and equips pupils with vital life skills identified in Curriculum for Excellence.  A CAP Money course takes around 3 hours and can be delivered in one or two sessions.  

How to get started?

  • Enquire if anyone in your congregation is interested in delivering CAP Money Youth or already has experience in this field.
  • CAP training course is required in order to deliver CAP Money.  This is an initial 1-day CAP training course (cost £45) followed by training in this youth version (cost £30). The hand-outs come in a PDF form which makes it easy to replicate.  
  • Get in touch with local schools and enquire about the possibility to deliver CAP Money Youth.

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Great ways to serve your school in 2016

There are many ways for Scottish churches to engage with their community and local schools. If you need inspiration for 2016, why not try some of the top ideas offered in 2015?

A great way to get stuck in is getting involved in or setting up an SU Group, aimed at creating a safe place where every pupil is welcomed and respected and where Christian values are modelled.

Alternatively, you can be part of an after school club. There are plenty opportunities such as a sports club or a drama club.

But it is not just the children and young people we can engage with, it is the whole school community. So why not, at the end of another academic year, say thank you with a lovely meal. On the topic of food, how about encouraging a healthy life style by means of a breakfast club encouraging the community to start the day healthy.

Last but certainly not least, we can pray for a school, on our own or as part of a prayer group.  So far over 50% of Scottish schools are registered as prayed for.  We would love to see that number go up in 2016!

For more information on working with a school, go to our Get Started section


Make Lunch - Filling the Holiday Hunger Gap

Free school meals make a huge difference to 130,000 children in Scotland, but when schools are closed so are the kitchens... is a network of churches working to fill the holiday hunger gap.  In 2012, when the Archbishop of Canterbury asked a group of secondary school pupils whether they were looking forward to the summer holidays that were about to start, they said no, because they wouldn’t be able to get their free school meals while the school was closed.

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Big Questions RME day conference

Many in S5 and S6 are investigating life’s big questions in a new and critical manner, trying to make sense of the world. Big Questions days offer an opportunity for students to unpack and challenge current world views in a conference-style environment, which can help to prepare for the transition from school to work or university.

A Big Questions conference takes place in school. To emphasise the conference approach, students are given a conference pack and provided with refreshments. The pack is theirs to keep and consists of a pen, name badge and any materials needed in a plastic folder.

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Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer spaces in schools are a great way of getting young people to think about prayer, and are a creative way of running an RO event – as part of an activity in the informal curriculum to which pupils opt in.

Alternatively, in some schools all pupils are given a timetabled opportunity to visit as an act of RO. A prayer space encourages young people to engage with prayer interactively, helping them to explore reflection and different ways to pray. This is achieved through providing different stations. Each station uses a different form of prayer, for example expressing a prayer through a drawing, praying for a local area using a map, creating a prayer chain with paper or weaving strips of cloth with prayers written on them. The room can be set out in different ways, with sub-sections each devoted to a particular theme or way of praying. Simple ideas are often best – a short description can be placed in each area to act as a guide.

The main purpose is to encourage young people to pray, with the prayer space providing a safe and comfortable place to explore quiet reflection.

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Inspire Aspire

Inspire Aspire is a national award that young people can achieve at gold, silver or bronze level. It can be run as part of either RME  or PSHD. Pupils pick a ‘hero’, such as a sports person or figure from religion or history, complete a poster about that person’s life and values and deliver an oral presentation based on their research. They also have to complete a reflection about their own lives and values.

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Rights Respecting Award

Primary and secondary schools across Scotland are beginning to engage with the processes of the ‘Rights Respecting School Award’ (RRSA).

This UNICEF initiative is being heavily promoted by the Scottish Government and fits well with the capacities inherent in Curriculum for Excellence and the current schools’ focus on issues such as Restorative Justice, Health and Wellbeing, and Citizenship. Based on the UN Charter of the Rights of the Child, it encourages schools to bring staff, pupils and community together to explore rights and responsibilities as well as to create core values and ethos for a school. It’s an ideal area for the involvement of chaplains, Religious Observance teams and churches. 

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Enhanced Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy: “the oddly-dressed stranger parachuted into a school for the hit-and-run ritual of a god-slot tucked between a raft of notices and a bawling-out, listened to by no-one and connected to nothing”

However,  we can and must be so much more. So how do you see yourself? Fulfilling an anachronistic role, or incarnating Christ in the school world?

A chaplain may be the one person every under-18 in an area sees both in the corridors and classrooms of their school and in the streets and homes of their community. Uniquely, the chaplain may also be the only individual who transitions with them from primary to secondary school. What a strategic place to be in!

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Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff; A Christmas activity

Sometimes it feels that there is more fluff than substance to Christmas time and that the deeper meaning of Christmas is lost. While still enjoying all the “fun” aspects of our Western Christmas, Bubblegum 'n' Fluff provides churches and chaplains a way to help primary 6 children to uncover the real message of Christmas; the celebration of God's incarnation in the person of Jesus.  The event duration is 2 hours and features games, sketches, spontaneous drama, craft ideas, storytelling, theme song, worksheets, and much more.

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Easter Code

Easter Code is an opportunity to invite local school(s) to bring P6 and P7 classes to your church to take part in an interactive exploration of the Easter story. There is a  resource book and CD ROM which outline the 2 hour event, giving a plan for the day, clear instructions on how each ‘station’ should run and what materials are required. The book also spells out how the content of the event fits in with the curriculum and gives a feedback form template for the teachers.

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