One activity that many catechists include in their repertoire is taking the students on a tour of the Church. This is an excellent way to provide a hands-on experience for kids, introducing them to the sacred spaces and objects that are a part of our Catholic worship and inviting them to develop their Catholic vocabulary.
I’m a firm believer in always putting the responsibility on the students to show comprehension. I rarely show a video or take kids on such a tour of the church without putting a worksheet in their hands for them to fill in as the activity unfolds. With that in mind, I’ve put together a Tour of the Church Student Worksheet and an accompanying Answer Key. I was inspired by an email I received from a confirmation catechist (Kimberly) in New York who was asking about a resource for a tour of the church. It occurred to me that I’m hoping to do this later in the year, so I put the worksheet together while the thought was in my head! Thanks Kimberly!
On a related note, check out the DVD “Come and See” which includes a Tour of a Church as well as a segment on Your Role at Mass and another on Ritual Matters. I had the pleasure of doing some of the writing for this DVD! BTW, these segments are also offered in Spanish on the same DVD. One suggestion I have is to show the Tour of a Church segment and then take them on their actual tour, locating many of the same things they just saw in the DVD.