Year 11 Trip to St Paul’s & the Quaker Meeting House
By Nanthana L, Year 11
On 7th February, all the PRE students in Year 11 had an amazing opportunity to visit St Paul’s Cathedral and a Quaker meeting house to obtain a better insight into different Christian practices. We first went to St Paul’s Cathedral and enjoyed a tour with a great tour guide who told us the history and significance of the Cathedral. At one point, we laid on the floor to get a better look at the mosaic art on the ceiling which had a re-telling of the story of creation. We also enjoyed a Q&A session with a priest who answered all of our questions in relation to her life as a priest and the different issues arising. We were keen to know her opinions on many moral issues e.g. her views on life and death, euthanasia and the death penalty. She also explained why she chose to become a priest and her role models within Christianity. We were also able to see the Eucharist happening in the cathedral which was really fascinating.
Later on, we went to a Quaker meeting house which was a huge contrast to the elaborate cathedral. We had a further chance for a Q&A session with two Quakers and an Elder (people who encourage and nurture ministry). They told us about the importance and history of the Quakers and the different experiences, many ineffable, that they seen in the ministry part of the service. They also explained how everyone is included in making decisions and so multiple meetings might be held on relevant topics to see how everyone feels.
Overall, the PRE trip was a great experience. We were able to visit and ask questions at both places of worship which really enhanced our learning.