Workshops

The following worskhops are offered:

Clothes, colours and symbols – investigating the Church Year 
Investigating the Green Man 
Prayer and Spirituality 
Art, Stained Glass and Brass Rubbing 
Brass Rubbing

Clothes, colours and symbols – investigating the Church Year

This interactive workshop is great fun and enables pupils to understand many important Christian symbols and link them to the Church's Year. Pupils have the opportunity to dress up as priests using robes from the Children’s Vestment Collection (handmade by the Cathedral's Embroidery Group), creating an unforgettable learning experience!

By participating in this workshop your pupils will:

  • Learn about the seasons of the Church’s Year and the colours associated with each season
  • Understand the more commonly used Christian Symbols and their meanings
  • Be able to identify which vestments would be worn during the major festivals and seasons of the Church’s Year
  • Return to school with examples of their own vestment designs, which can be used to form the basis of a large wall display.

KEY STAGE: 2 & 3
CURRICULUM LINKS: RE
VENUE: Cathedral or Education Centre
DURATION: 60 minutes
MAXIMUM NUMBER: 30
COST PER PUPIL: £2

Why not combine this with our Exploring a Christian Place of Worship or Christian signs and symbols trails for a fascinating day trip?

Investigating the Green Man

Who and what was the Green Man? Images of him are to be found in over 1000 mediaeval English churches, and throughout the churches of Western Europe. In some churches images of the Green Man outnumber images of Christ by about 100 to 1.

In Manchester Cathedral the earliest Green Men date from about 1340, with many more being added in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Discovering the Green Man combines both a trail and a workshop, and is a great opportunity to get creative in the Cathedral!

Give your pupils the opportunity to:

  • Find out about the origins of the Green Man
  • Learn about the different types of Green Men found in churches
  • Discover the Green Men that are hiding both inside and outside the Cathedral
  • Design a Green Man based on the images that they have seen
  • Using air-drying clay, create their own Green Man plaque, based on their design, to take back to school.

KEY STAGE: 2
CURRICULUM LINKS: Art, RE, History
VENUE: Cathedral
DURATION: 60 minutes
MAXIMUM NUMBER: 30
COST PER PUPIL: £2

A similar workshop, focusing on gargoyles, is also available in clement weather!

Prayer and Spirituality

This workshop is planned in conjunction with the teacher in order to ensure that the workshop is appropriate for the group. A typical prayer workshop would include a number of practical activities whereby pupils are given the opportunity to:

  • Consider people's continual search for meaning in terms of the acknowledgment of a power greater than themselves - a search that cuts across time, culture and religion.
  • Think about the purpose of prayer and why people pray.
  • Understand the five different sorts of prayer within the Christian tradition - adoration, confession, intercession, petition and thanksgiving - and when each might be used.
  • Find out about the different objects that people have traditionally used to help them to focus on prayer - e.g. rosary beads, icons, candles, decoration.
  • Create a prayer bracelet or key ring.
  • Write a prayer of Intercession for someone else, and leave it on the Children's Intercession Board.

The Education Officer plans Spirituality Days for schools that include meditation, candle lighting, poetry and art. Please contact the Education Officer on 0161 817 4814 to discuss the possibilities for your group.

KEY STAGE: 2
CURRICULUM LINKS: RE
VENUE: Cathedral
DURATION: 75 minutes
MAXIMUM NUMBER: 30
COST PER PUPIL: £2

Art, Stained Glass and Brass Rubbing

Give your pupils the opportunity to create their own piece of art in the Cathedral – choosing one of the following options:

  • Brass Rubbing
  • Stained Glass
  • Art and craft on a particular theme – e.g. symbols, festivals, angels, saints.

KEY STAGE: 1-5
CURRICULUM LINKS: Art
VENUE: Cathedral
DURATION: 40 minutes
MAXIMUM NUMBER: 30
COST PER PUPIL: £2

Brass rubbing

Our most popular workshop compliments our Place of Worship trail by allowing pupils to engage with the history of the Cathedral in a "hands on" way. Pupils are invited to observe the original brasses in the Cathedral and consider their historical importance. They are then shown rubbing techniques and, in gold, silver or pewter on quality black paper, pupils make their own rubbings to take back to school for mounting.

A brass rubbing trail which examines the original brasses at the Cathedral is also available - please ask!

KEY STAGE: All
CURRICULUM LINKS: History, Art
VENUE: Cathedral or Education Centre
DURATION: 30 minutes
MAXIMUM NUMBER: 30
COST PER PUPIL: £2

Please note that rubbing of brasses inside the Cathedral is discouraged in order to preserve our heritage for future generations. Facsimile copies are provided in our workshops. Family groups or adults who wish to book a brass rubbing session should telephone the Education Officer to arrange this 0161 817 4814.

For more information on Trails and Workshops at the Cathedral, please click here.