Sr KG Field trip: Visit to places of worship.
-Ms. Quency Lobo
“I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with binders on.” -John Ortberg
God is worshipped in different names, in different religions but the message is the same -Be kind, Speak the truth and Pray to God.
Every one of us worship God, we all pray – that is our act of showing respect and love to God. Congregational prayers are considered to have more social and spiritual benefits than praying by one self. Congregational prayers declare our willingness to stand together and when prayers are recited by all, they articulate everyone’s needs, hopes and commitments. They express thanks and praise, implore God’s aid and reaffirm everyone’s faith. For this we need to have a special place of worship. Most religions have structures that serve as places of worship.
Learning is best when it is built around doing and when the context is about festivals celebrated in our country, the students need to explore it. For this the Sr. KG section of Savio Kindergarten were taken on a virtual excursion to the different places of worship in our country as well as in our city Mumbai on 11th January 2021, as festival not only means celebration but also thanksgiving to the Almighty.
The field trip began with a video presentation on the different places of worship in our country beginning with the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health in Tamil Nadu, The Akshardham temple in New Delhi, The Jama Masjid in Delhi, The Golden Temple in Amritsar, The Ranakpur Jain temple in Rajasthan, The Ghoom monastery in Ghoom, The Zoroastrians fire Temple, and the Magen David synagogue in Kolkata. The children’s virtual ride to these different places of worship around the country widened their knowledge as they were enlightened by the teacher with detailed and important inputs.
The teachers next took them around the city where they live- Amchi Mumbai-which has many significant places of worship of which they have visited many. We started with our very own Shrine of Don Bosco Matunga, and the children’s faces glowed. Then they saw the St Michael’s Church at Mahim and the Mount Mary’s Basillica at Bandra. They were reminded how many would have visited these places for a Wednesday Novena or the Bandra Fair and they understood this social aspect. These were places of worship which the Christians visit.
Next we went on to see the places where the Muslims worship:the Bandra Mosque
and the Jama Masjid at Crawford market where they saw several people in prayer.
The famous Siddhivinayak temple and The Mumba Devi Temple were then shown to the children which many found familiar as they visited it or passed by them.
The Fire temple the place of worship of the Parsis and The Gurudwara the place of worship of the Sikhs were also shown to the boys. The Magen David Synagogue the place of worship for the Jewish Community and the Pagoda the place of worship of the Buddhist were some of the unknown places that were shown to the children.
The children watched keenly and listened attentively to their teacher as she presented and explained to them about each place of worship, their location, their description and their significance.
This field trip was a great opportunity to inculcate in the children the value to respect each religion and every religious place with the hope of designing their little minds to be God loving.
Another Field trip ended happily with the message loud and clear, “Love and Respect all religions.”