6 Anglican Spots to Visit in London

London is an old city that boasts many sights for people to see. From its medieval times reigned by Kings and Queens to today, London is sure to have something for everyone. One major part of the city is its Anglican history.

On one of our recent teacher trips, we stopped in and visited a few different Anglican tourist spots. Along the way, we even found what we nominated as the best coffee in London!

We had hoped to see as many of London’s churches as possible, and our adventure was not a disappointment. Visiting some of these spots will take you through a journey of time and history and is sure to be a memorable experience.

Here are 6 Anglican spots to visit the next time you’re in London.

1. St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s CathedralA timeless feature of the London skyline for over 300 years, it is no wonder that we chose to include St Paul’s Cathedral on our list. Standing at just over 110 meters in height, St Paul’s has been photographed and painted by artists from all over the world and played a massive role in London’s history. Some of those interred in the church include the Duke of Wellington, Horatio Nelson, Florence Nightingale and Alexander Fleming.

2. St Dunstan and All Saints

Standing on the corner of Stepney High Street and Stepney Way, St Dunstan’s is the oldest church in the area and has been a staple in the East End’s architectural landscape for nearly one thousand years. Built in the 10th century AD, this London landmark, is sure to memorable with its plain stone look and simple interior decoration.

3. Southwark Cathedral

While most Londoners have probably seen it from the Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral is a must-see for any tourists visiting the area. Located near London Bridge, the cathedral’s holds music as an important part of its image. Its first organ was built in 1897 and is still, today, a favourite feature that attracts tourists from around the world.

4. Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity ChurchWith its massive stained-glass window masterpiece created by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, Holy Trinity Church is a magnificent work of art that can be appreciated by all. The church is also famous for its reputation for singing Anglican church songs.

5. Westminster Cathedral

Often overshadowed by the older and more famous Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, with its neo-romantic and Byzantine influences is second-to-none in its beauty. Standing at 87 meters tall, its oriental-style domes make it look like a building that belongs in the skyline of Istanbul.

6. St Leonard’s Church

George Dance the Elder was the renown architect who created this masterpiece on the edge of the vibrant Hackney area. Located near the Spitafield markets, St Leonard’s was inspired by another famous church in London, St-Mary-le-Bow. Once considered unsafe for use, the church had closed for two years until renovations saw its doors opened once again. Located next to Shakespeare’s theatre, the church was once visited by Elizabethan actors and many of Shakespeare’s own friends.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – The Importance of Fitness and Faith

Motivation

Fitness is important to all of us, and we can see, fitness can help us overcome illness and become mentally sharper in the process. We can also use these times to reflect and become in tune with the more spiritual side of ourselves.

We do though sometimes find it hard to do the required amount of exercise that is required, and as we all know, fitness should be fun. No matter what age we are, it is never too late to begin a fitness regime.

Healthy Body and Mind in Faith

Healthy Body

Fitness is not just about exercise, and more often than not it requires an overhaul of your lifestyle. A healthy body and a healthy mind can be achieved by a proper diet along with the exercise that can transform the physical attributes of your body.

Mostly we find the route to this comes from deep inside of us, and at some point, we have to dig deep to maintain our goals in this respect. It is for this reason, whatever we do on the fitness side, we should do it with friends or comrades, this can help us to overcome those times when we lack that little bit of motivation to push forward.

Spiritual Fitness

Everyone at some point faces struggles in life, from children facing the Spiritual Fitnessdaily stresses of school and exams, to working adults who have to overcome either economic or relational problem. Even with Church of England Prayers, these times can seem overwhelming to many of us.

There are three elements which we turn to in times like these that can help us through.

Faith

Faith comes from the place deep in our heart where we hope all of our prayers will be answered. No matter if you have chosen athletics as a means to your physical fitness, or some other sport. We can all look towards our faith and find the still waters which will help to calm our daily troubles.

Hope

No matter what struggles we have, there is still hope. It may seem difficult, but we can look at our efforts and let them make us bitter, or we can face them head on and use them to make us stronger.
You may have chosen the gym as your ideal road to having a healthy body, you may be weight training and just want to finish those last couple of bench presses. At this point you dig deep and don’t give up, you have hope.

Love

This can help to bind the other two together; Love drives Faith and Hope. The love of what you are doing to have a healthy body, or it can be that helping hand you offer to someone who is struggling with their lives, or even just on their road to reaching their goal of having a healthy mind and a healthy body.

Love is an action as much as it is an emotion, and when we extend our love, it can spiritually lift us from the problems we face and help to make us stronger.

When we have a healthy mind and a healthy body, we will achieve spiritual insight and emotional maturity and above all, the physical stamina to be able to face our daily troubles.

What technology helps children learn?

It used to be the case, technology and gadgets were a hindrance to a child’s learning. Although there may still be an addiction to these devices outside of school, in the classroom, these technologies have come full circle.

technology in educationThese modern technologies can now actually help the students of today learn quicker and to a higher level through higher retention levels through more integration.

The Teacher

Traditional passive learning methods are slowly being replaced. With smartphones, iMacs, and software such as Skype being introduced, teachers are now becoming an advisor, encourager and a coach. Now with these technologies, teachers can tailor a child’s learning specifically to them rather than to a classroom.

This integration helps students to learn at their own pace rather than worry they are being left behind in class. It also gives the teacher a much better chance of being able to spend more time to work one-on-one with the child in question.

The Student

Subjects such as teaching religious education in secondary schools can now be taught much easier than ever before. Students had grown up using these devices long before they were in school. Now they can learn outside of the classroom, as new extended class communities have developed.

These new communities allow students to contact, and interact with their teachers while doing homework or assignments from home. Web-based research also benefits the students, as what used to take hours to find in the school library can now be found in mere minutes.

Although, regular students can take full advantage of the advancements in integration of technology in classtechnology. The iPad has changed the game when teaching students with special needs. Children who have autism can now gain the benefit of interaction. They can now receive an enhanced learning experience as much as the next child.

By embracing voice recognition. Children who have disabilities, or have limited skill in English. Are now able to communicate with their teachers or with their friends as a whole.

Schools and Technology.

Through the use of these technological gadgets, students learn to become more responsible which is good for the Church of England news. As well as this responsibility, these students become better equipped at being a better digital citizen.

We now see students becoming more creative in their ideas, and their communication across teams is improving. We are seeing students remaining engaged for longer periods, and students can take the opportunity to enhance their interactions with their classmates and teachers through collaboration.

class advancements in technologyNo matter what learning style a child has, through the use of this technology, the playing fields of education has been leveled. Children who once sat quietly in class can now follow their thoughts and ideas to solve problems.

Children can now have all of their schoolwork in one place. Notes can be taken and kept close to the schoolwork they were doing, and even textbooks are now becoming interactive. Structured content is accessible from the web which can include tailored assessments, additional learning materials and other materials that can expand a child’s education.

Once schools have this technology in place, a lot of the learning experience is controlled by the student. Now the teachers of tomorrow have more chance to show students the importance of faith and moral conduct in themselves.

Why the Church of England (CofE) is still relevant today

The Church and Life

Unlike many other religious beliefs, the Church of England does not just represent a religion as a single entity. It represents the values of a nation which helped to build it. The church is linked directly to the monarchy is ideally placed and qualified to teach the claims of religion within public life.

Church of EnglandThe vision of the church is not just to the individuals who are members of the faith, yet it encompasses every person within a community. Welcoming people of all backgrounds and all places is a moral code that can bring together a country which has become divided by classes and interests.

In the beginning, it was the care of the church that led to the rise of an “English” nation and gave the country a meaning of state by their teachings.

Atheism

There have been studies which show the UK has around 50% of people who are non-believers.

Between the 1980’s and 2015, the actual proportion of Britons who Atheism in UKidentify themselves as Christian fell from 55% down to 43%, yet the numbers for non-Christian members multiplied dramatically.

In today’s society, children who are raised as “nones” in a non-religious household, it has been found continue to do so when they reach adulthood.

It has come to show, education plays a large part in this scenario as many “nones” have lower levels of degree-level of education than over previous years. The rise of atheism is shown to be in young white, male and more often than not, working class.

Education

Historically it is the church’s Sunday school system that was the forerunner of the more modern schooling system. Attempts were made early on to provide secular education; the church resisted to these first attempts.

Sunday school at the time served 25% of the population and was devised to give an education to the poorer children who used to work in factories for six days per week.

From the early teachings of community values, the introduction of new schools that soon became to be known as “National Schools”.

Although the focus has changed in education and is now more in line with learning skills and gaining employment, the churches national schools have never lost their initial vision of providing both moral and spiritual education.

Church of England Education

Through the assistance of the Church of England Education Office just under 5,000 schools, the teachings of “life in all its fullness” are broken down into four elements:

• Education for Knowledge, skills, and wisdom.
• Educating for hope and aspirations.
• Teaching dignity and respect
• Education for living well together, and community.

As we can see it is the Christian context that instills these characteristics in our children from an early age. Regardless of your child’s starting point or background. The church seeks to introduce and educate all aspects of the Christian faith.

Although Christian context governs the schools, it is not just religious beliefs where children excel. Every national school aims to give each child a high education, along with strong moral characteristics that will serve them in their future adult lives.

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