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This trail takes you to a series of places where Christian worship takes place along, more or less, one street in Lincoln. Lincoln has been a major town for over 2000 years and Christianity has been here for over 1700 years. The first Cathedral was built by Remigius, bishop under William the Conqueror. In about 1000m there are at least 10 different "flavours" of Christian places of worship. This trail helps you to explore the diversity within Christianity.
Time needed: about 90 minutes depending on activities.
Practicalities: There are plenty of eating opportunites in Lincoln or the Brayford area (just to the left of number 12) is ideal for a picnic.
When collecting evidence to respond to the questions (or other you may have formulated) try to use non-textual as well as textual methods, for example: Still cameras to collect images
Video cameras for reflection and to capture images
Voice recorders to make notes as you walk the trail
Tablets, iPads, smartphones
This data can then be used back in the classroom to construct a record of your visit. As well as a report, this could be e.g. a news broadcast, a hot seat activity, a documentary as well as a narrated presentation.
Suggested activities for different age groups
Year 5/6 Explore the range of buildings and evidence of previous buildings that you find on the trail. Explore the similarities and difference in terms of architecture and style. Reflect on which of these are more or less attractive to you and why. If you are from one of these traditions reflect on the others you encounter. If you have a chance, visit inside some of the buildings to explore this further. On returning to the classroom research further the key ideas about one of the denominations you have not studied before.
Year 7/8 Explore the different buildings and look for similarities and differences in the ways they express Christian beliefs in the architecture, icons, symbols and other external objects. If you have a chance visit inside some of the buildings to explore this further. Reflect on why these buildings have been created and the way in which they are maintained. Why do you think the people who worship here choose to use their monetary and human resources in that way?
On returning to the classroom research further the key ideas about one of the denominations you have not studied before. Explore when this occurred in the timeline of Christianity and find out how and why that denomination came into being.
Year 9/10 Look for evidence of the types of worship which take place including, whether it is sacramental. If you have a chance visit inside some of the buildings to explore this further. Reflect on the ways in which you give thanks for your life. Is this in a spiritual or other way? On returning to the classroom research further the key ideas about one of the denominations you have not studied before. Explore its relationship to at least one of the other denominations.
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The Roman Arch at the beginning of our trail marks the northern most gate of the Roman city of Lindum Colonia. This city grew up from about 70AD and became the most important Roman town in the region.
What gods did the Romans worship? When did Christianity come to the Roman Empire?
Chapel Lane and the Old Chapel
Lat:53.237122, Lng:-0.538679 Chapel Lane
Just by the side of Newport Arch is Chapel Lane. You can find a number of places on this trail that have names influenced by religion. See how many you can spot.
Question What other names of roads or places can you think of that are influenced by the religious life of the area? Look on a street map for Lincoln or a road atlas of any part of the country. Old Chapel
Just along Chapel Lane is this building. It used to be a chapel but is now a private house. You can see it was built in 1876.
Why do you think it is no longer a place of worship? Does it matter if churches becomes houses? Would you like to live in a former church?
Bailgate Methodist Church
This is Bailgate Methodist Church. It was opened in June 1880.
You can find a virtual tour of the church at
. this link
This is a picture of the notice board of the church. Look at it carefully and consider the information that is there.
From this noticeboard, what can you tell about the people who worship, and how they worship?
St Paul in the Bail
St. Paul in the Bail is one of the earliest churches in England. It was built on the site of a Roman fortress which stood there in the 1st century AD. The fortress was then replaced by a forum and, in the fourth century, a first timber church was built in the courtyard of the forum. Several buildings then replaced the original wood construction and the last church was demolished in 1971. Today, a garden is all that remains of the original St. Paul in the Bail and its successors.
Is there something special about this place? Do you know who St. Paul was and what happened to him?
St Mary Magdalene
The parish church of
Mary Magdalene has stood on this site since about the 13th century. You can see that it is very close to the Cathedral.
Do you know, or can you find out, who Mary Magdalene was? What qualities do you think it takes to make a saint? Why would there be another church this close to the Cathedral?
Mary the Virgin, Lincoln Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The first Cathedral on the site was built by Remigius bishop in the time of William the Conqueror, started in 1072 and finished in 1092. The current Cathedral was started in 1192 and finished in 1235. The Cathedral is 148m by 83m. It is one of the best gothic buildings in Europe. More can be found at the Cathedral's website.
Questions Can you imagine taking 43 years to build a building today? If there was another earthquake would you rebuild the Cathedral? What are you first impressions of the Cathedral?
In the past most people who not have been able to read so the Cathedral would tell stories in the statues and in the pictures in the windows, the first cartoon strips.
Questions What stories can you see as you walk around the Cathedral?
One of the doors in the Cathedral is called the judgement gate. In the carvings over the door, you can see the devil watching while sinners are fed into the mouth of hell.
What do you think was the purpose of such carving? What do you think it means to describe someone as 'a sinner'?
Chad Varah Memorial
The founder of the Samaritans was born in Lincolnshire and studied in Lincoln. On the college wall there is a plaque to his memory.
What do you know about the Samaritans? Who might you like to commemorate with a plaque? Why?
Christ's Hospital Terrace and St Michael’s
Again a street sign is a clue to the influence and the role that religion has played in the community.
Questions What do you think this sign refers to? Why would this role have been taken on by the church?
The church of St. Michael on the Mount is now closed but this was the church sign. Just across the road is the Wig and Mitre. Can you find any other places in this area that refer to religion?
Do you know what the symbols are representing here?
The Jew’s House
Not part of the Christian trail but the
Jew's House is an important landmark as you come down the hill and is a reminder of the small Jewish community which lived in Lincoln in the middle ages.
Just off the main trail is the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses. This modern building was erected in the 1990s.
Why do you think this building is so plain? What can you find out about the Jehovah's Witnesses?
Trinity United Reformed Church
The website of this church says, 'We are a gathered church with many members travelling into the historic city of Lincoln from the surrounding villages'.
The noticeboard of this church is very simple.
What do you think a 'gathered church' means? Why does the symbol of the cross on the notice board have a fish added to it? Where does the name 'United Reformed' come from? What key Christian belief is expressed in calling the church 'Trinity'? What can you find out about St Andrew?
War Memorial and St Benedict’s
Coming down the High Street we enter an area which is mainly dedicated to shopping but there is still evidence of religion. St Benedict's Church has been turned into a centre for the Mothers' Union.
Information about the war memorial can be found
What do you know about the Mothers' Union? Why do you think the people who put up this memorial started the inscription with 'To the glory of God'?
St Mary le Wigford
Outside the city centre church at the bottom of the pedestrian zone is this box. Charity of alms are an important part of many religions and this box is asking people for money to help the work of the church.
What can you find out about the project name 'BeAttitude' and how it links to the teachings of Jesus called 'The Beatitudes'?
Central Methodist Church
Further down the High Street is the Central Methodist Church. Compare this with the Methodist church you saw earlier. This is a very grand building built in 1905.
Click on the links to find further information about Methodist churches in the
north and south circuits.
What can you find out anything about worship and activities at this church from the outside of the building? What else can you find out about the Methodist Church and its activities around the Lincoln area from the two websites? Methodism started off near to Lincoln - can you find out where?
TCM Baptist Church
The TCM Baptist Church is a very modern building built in the 1990s. The Baptist denomination is one of the Protestant branches of Christianity which believes that only those who can make a conscious choice to 'renounce sin' should be baptised.
What posters and notices are there on the outside of the building that tell you about the worship and activities of this church? How do they try to catch the interest of passers by? What further information about this can you find on their website?
Lat:53.222837, Lng: -0.543672
The Unitarian Chapel on the High Street is one of the oldest religious buildings in Lincoln.
Look at notice board. Is there anything you think is unusual or unexpected about the wording on the board, that you might not find elsewhere? What can you find out about the Unitarian denomination?
St Peter at Gowts
St Peter at Gowts is an old established Church of England (Anglican) church built on the site of an older church this building was constructed in the 18th century.
Look at the noticeboard - what does this tell you about the type of worship that is taking place?
Salvation Army Citadel
This is the Salvation Army citadel and this point takes us almost to the end of the trail. Why do you think the building was designed to look the way it does?
How is this building different from any other places you have seen on the trail? On the logo, what do you think that 'Blood and Fire' means? Why do think this group is called the 'Salvation Army'? Is 'Army' an unusual word to use for a religious group?
New Life Christian Fellowship
This church has not always been part of the New Life movement. This is an independent evangelical church. Their website says,
'New Life Christian Fellowship was established in 1983 when two churches came together, Lincoln Free Church & Evangel Church, harnessed together to reach the city and surrounding villages with the good news of Jesus. New Life Christian Fellowship is part of the Ground Level Network of Churches. Questions
Why are some churches 'independent' rather than being part of a bigger group? What are the advantages or disadvantages of this? Why do new churches start when there are so many others already? Find out about churches which call themselves 'evangelical' or 'charismatic' in the Lincoln area. How are they similar to or different from the other churches you've learned about on the trail?
Quaker Meeting House
This Quaker, or Society of Friends, meeting house is one of the oldest in the UK. It was built in 1689 and is one of the earliest meeting houses that is still surviving. It was extended in 1910.
Why do you think this is called a "meeting house"? Does this tell you something about the people who worship here? What can you find out about the Society of Friends? One of the Quakers’ key principles is pacifism. Do you know what this means? What do you think of this principle?