Promoting, Understanding & Comparing

Many people wonder what the comparison is between Islam and Christianity - the Infants did just this on a trip to Derby.

The Children visited the Derby Open Centre to begin their comparison of Islam and Christianity. The Open Centre’s motto is ‘Promoting understanding through personal experience’ – and there is no better way to do this than to encourage visits to the different places of worship in our community.

Their first stop was the Jamia Mosque –Muslim place of worship. The children met Nahida, who has been with the Open Centre for over 20 year.

It is customary to cover the head when entering a Mosque. The children entered the Mosque, shoes are removed and placed on a special rack.

Those arriving for prayer will go to the ablutions or wash room next. This area is used for Wuzu, the ceremonial washing before prayer.

The floor is carpeted and the pattern is designed to provide individual prayer mats for each worshipper. Prayers are said facing Mecca

The niche in the wall is known as the Mihrab. It marks the direction of Mecca. Prayers are offered whilst facing in this direction.

Muslims have a special book called the Qur’an. Muslims treat the Qur'an with great respect because they believe that the Qur'an is from Allah, and every word and every letter is sacred. It is usually placed on a special stand to be read.

After visiting the Mosque one child said, “I really enjoyed it in the Mosque, I have never seen a place like that before.”

The Children then went to Derby Cathedral. Before their trip they had their lunch at the Cathedral. After lunch their tour started in a unique learning space at the heart of a vibrant multi-faith city, a place of spirituality, art, music, faith and history.

In a church Christian worship involves praising God in music and speech, readings from the Bible, prayers, and sermons.

The Eucharist is celebrated at the altar with the bread and wine. The altar is the holiest part of the church and a focus point for worshippers.

The Pulpit is where the sermon is preached from. The Pulpit is big because teaching about the Bible is important.

Lectern is also known as the reading stand. Members of the congregation stand here to read passages from the Bible, lead the congregation in prayer and make announcements.

The Nave is the area where the congregation sit. A pew is a long bench used for the church congregation to sit on. Pews are usually made from wood and arranged in rows facing the altar.

Stained glass windows show pictures of things that happened in the Bible.