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On Thursday and Friday, schools are also invited to bring an interest group such as a school choir, chaplaincy team or liturgy team, or a Key Stage 2 or 3 group to the God Who Speaks Scripture Festival. We have half day slots available to any school groups who would like to attend and ask that you book quickly to avoid disappointment. 

St Albans Cathedral are charging a £2 per student fee for entry to the Cathedral, with accompanying adults free of charge.

In addition to activities in the Tents of Encounter and Little Bits of God, we are offering school groups the following activities:

Schools Assembly or Mass

On Thursday morning and afternoon and on Friday Afternoon there will be assemblies that help our young pilgrims explore the Word of God through song, drama and a moment of prayer.

Those visiting the Scripture Festival on Friday morning will be able to join midday Mass that happens every Friday at the Cathedral. The regular congregation will be delighted to see our young pilgrims at this celebration of Holy Mass at the conclusion of their visit. 

Workshops

On Thursday and Friday morning, a variety of workshops are available to schools visiting the Scripture Festival. You can choose workshops when booking a visit.

For primary schools

Schools that book morning sessions have the option of the following workshops to help them explore the Bible.

The timeline of creation

Capacity: 15 students with at least one member of staff

Length: 30 minutes

Location: Centre aisle of the Nave

The ribbon timeline is rolled out from the Bible. Beginning with Creation we meditate on God's plan as we walk down the aisle - pondering how God created the universe, then the earth, then living things, then human beings. At a special moment God sent Jesus. The history continues with a white ribbon, signifying the blank page that we now write with God. It will culminate in the Parousia when God heaven and earth will be one and God will be all in all. The participants will have a visual image of how Scripture tells the story of God's plan and marvel at its vastness. They will ponder our own place in this history. 

Led by Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The books of the Bible

Capacity: 15 students with at least one member of staff

Length: 30 minutes

Location: Tent of Encounter

We will look at a wooden "library," showing each book of the Bible, look at how it is divided up into sections, and how it came to be written. Besides getting an overview of the Books of the Bible, we hope participants will want to explore it more. 

Led by Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Bringing the Bible to Life

Bring along your enthusiasm to learn as we explore how a young girl from Wales had a passion for the Bible that brought about the start of Bible Society. How do we translate and print so many Bibles and why is that important to us today? 

Led by The Bible Society

Social Justice Workshop

A creative exploration into how the Word of God inspires us to live our faith and care for others.

Location: Tent of Encounter

Led by a collaboration of Social Justice organisations

Shrine Visit

There are two shrines at St Albans Cathedral. That of St Alban, who died in place of a priest, and the priest he died for, Amphibalus. Members of Teams of Our Lady will be on hand to help students consider how God calls us and that sometimes a good friend or guide might help us to hear Him.

Book a visit

To ensure the best experience possible for your students, we ask that all school groups book their visit before coming along to the God Who Speaks Scripture Festival. St Albans Cathedral will handle our bookings and be on hand to answer practical queries about visiting St Albans Cathedral.

If you have questions about the God Who Speaks Scripture Festival, please contact Teresa Carvalho on evangelisation@rcdow.org.uk