School trips offer many opportunities for creative learning, but often overlook that treasure house of history, faith and culture available on the doorstep: the local Christian church. The Living Church project is designed to unite the local Christian church with its local schools and unlock the building and the community it represents as an interactive learning resource for children in Years 2-6. The material teaches children about all the major topics associated with the Christian church, including baptism, the Bible, prayer, Holy Communion, music, marriage, funerals, vestments, the churchyard, the worldwide Church and the Christian calendar. The resource includes storytelling scripts for teachers, photocopiable worksheets for children and instructions to construct a model of a typical parish church.
Murray McBride began a lifetime of Christian service at Lee Abbey community in 1982. He learnt to communicate the Christian faith with children and young people as a full time youth worker. He trained as an evangelist with the Church of England's Church Army and, for over 10 years, he has led missions and supported local churches in the outreach to the community. An award winning evangelist, he regularly trains others in creatively sharing the faith. Murray has written several evangelistic leaflets produced by Church Army, and is the author of a recently published book, Lifesavers. Now ordained as a minister in the Anglican Church, he ministers as a Chaplain with the Armed Forces and is currently serving in Iraq. Murray is married to Karin. He drives an old MG, loves old films and is passionate about using the creative arts in sharing the life-changing faith in Jesus.