Special Places

What makes a place special?

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    Special Places

     

    Do you have a special place that you like to go to? What makes a place special? Is it somewhere that is very beautiful or peaceful? Is it somewhere that holds good memories for you? Is it somewhere that is fun that you and your family visit together? Is it a place where you feel safe? Do we all have the same special places?

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    The World

     

    There is a book in the Bible called Psalms. The Psalms are songs that are written to say how great God is. One of the Psalms says: 'The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.' 

    Christians believe that God created the world and so they see it as a very special place. They believe that the world belongs to God not us but we have been given the special job of looking after it.

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    A Church

     

    The Church is the name Christians give to the special place where they meet together  to worship God, pray, study the Bible and just enjoy being friends and family together. Christians call the Church, 'God's House.'

    Churches come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very old, some are new and modern, some are very grand and full of colour whereas others are plain and very simple. Although the building is important the thing that makes Church a special place for Christians is what happens there.

  • Inside a Catholic Church

    Catholic Church

    A Methodist Church

    Wesley's Chapel

    York Minster

    York Minster

  • There is even a Skate Park Church

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    Places of Pilgrimages

     

    Pilgrimage is an important part of spiritual life for many Christians. When Christians go on pilgrimage they travel somewhere that is special to their faith. It might be to places written about in the Bible, such as Bethlehem where Jesus was born. It may be a place where a miracle once happened or a saint is buried.

    Canterbury Cathedral has been a special place of pilgrimage for many centuries.

    Rome - home to the Pope

    Rome

     

    The Seven Pilgrim Churches are seven ancient and very important churches in Rome. They are at the heart of any pilgrimage to the city.

  • Walsingham - a shrine to Mary

    Walsingham

     

    Each year thousands of people, young and old, from all over the country and from other parts of the world make their way to the village of Walsingham.

    Tŷ’r Pererin - House of the Pilgrim at St. David's

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    'Tŷ'r Pererin', or 'House of the Pilgrim', is a visitor centre for those who have journeyed to St. David's Cathedral on the west coast of Wales.

    Iona - once the home of St. Columba.

    Iona

     

    Iona is also known as I Chaluim Chille – the isle of Colm Cille. Colm Cille was an Irish priest and prince who was to become known as Saint Columba.

  • Lourdes - a place of healing

    Lourdes

     

    For Catholics, Lourdes is one the world's most special places of pilgrimage. It is in a valley in the southwestern part of the Hautes-Pyrenees, and thousands upon thousands of pilgrims gather there each year from all over the world.

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    Can you find out more about these places of pilgrimage? What other special places do Christians visit? To find out more about what it is like to go on pilgrimage  you can watch the Pilgrims' Diaries on RE:quest.

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