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1 Religious Studies (Short Course) Revision Religion and Young People

2 How to use this presentation The first part of this presentation (blue headings) will give you brief information, religious viewpoints and pictures for the Religion and Young People topic. The second part of the presentation (green headings) will have exam questions and tasks for you to work through for this topic.

3 What topics could be on the paper? Describe birth and initiation ceremonies Explain the importance of home, upbringing, moral codes and spirituality Explain the activities that faith groups provide for young people Describe and explain commitment ceremonies Explain the rights and responsibilities that go with belonging to a religion Evaluate the problems and benefits for young people associated with belief Explain the role of schools in teaching young people about religious belief

4 Birth and Initiation ceremonies Initiation means beginning these ceremonies happen when a baby is born to enter it into a religion Christians Most Christians have their babies baptised as initiation into the church. This involves a priest or vicar pouring water over the child s head and saying I baptise you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Promises are made by the parents and godparents on behalf of the child and a candle is given, representing Jesus, the light of the world. Some Christians prefer to let the child decide to be baptised when they are older and so will have a simple dedication ceremony to thank God for the birth of the child Muslims As soon as possible after birth, the baby s father will whisper the Adhan into the child s right ear welcoming them into the Muslim community. Something sweet such as a crushed date is put on the baby s tongue. After seven days, the Aqiqah ceremony takes place, the child s head is shaved and gifts are given to the poor. Meat is sacrificed for a celebration. The child s name will be taken from the Qur an. For boys, circumcision will shortly follow.

5 Explain the importance of home and upbringing Consider different ways that young people are influenced Home Parents have a huge impact on the values that a young person grows up with. Children are taught from a young age what is acceptable and these attitudes are often copied. A religious family will often expect a child to take on the attitudes and rules of their religion. Christians Often children will be encouraged to say grace before meals. Bible stories may well be told and children may get involved with celebrations such as Christmas and Easter. Muslims At the age of four years, four months and four days the Bismillah ceremony occurs. This is the start of the child s religious education. They will then attend the mosque to study the Qur an in Arabic.

6 Moral Codes A moral code is a rule by which a person decides to live their life. These are not necessarily religious, but religions do have their own moral codes. In Christianity, young people will be expected to follow the 10 commandments as well as the golden rule of treat others as you wish to be treated. Young people are taught not to be selfish In Islam, moral codes are based on the teachings in the Qur an and the Hadith (sayings of Muhammed). Modesty is expected and drinking alcohol and gambling are forbidden

7 Explain the activities that faith groups provide for young people Girls Brigade GB Ministries is part of a global Christian movement with a great history and a passionate vision for this generation and the future. The aim of the Girls Brigade is to help girls to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and through self control, reverence and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life. Activities take place on a weekly basis with an aim of giving girls a well rounded experience through dance, drama, sport as well as learning about Christianity. Boys Brigade The Boys' Brigade has been around for over 125 years. It aims to develop habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect as well as faith. Each week The Boys' Brigade works with thousands of young people, many of whom have no other connection with the Church and currently work with around 60,000 young people. The Boys' Brigade provides a balanced programme of activities for children and young people from 5 to 18 years old. Activities include sports, crafts, leisure activities and camps as well as Bible study.

8 Special Events for young people Taize Taize is a community in France that was founded by a Christian monk. Young people from all over the world travel hear to spend time focussing on prayer and quiet meditation. Music that is used in worship at Taize is quiet, reflective and repetitive to aid this. Spring Harvest Spring Harvest is a Christian conference that takes place each year at Butlins holiday camp. Although it is for all ages, there is a focus on more modern songs as well as events for different age groups. There are bible study groups, workshops and concerts designed to equip people for action in their local community. Soul Survivor Soul Survivor is a Christian festival held on a large campsite each summer and designed specifically for teenagers. The festival will involve worship and Bible study that aims to be relevant for young people. Other events include sports, music and creative activities.

9 Celebrations and festivals Religions have many joyful occasions where celebration is encouraged. Often these will occur on a yearly basis although some are because of specific events e.g. the birth of a child. Young people are encouraged to get involved and learn more about their religion. Christianity Christmas and Easter are the most widely celebrated Christian festivals. The birth of Jesus is celebrated through carol services, sending cards and presents, as well as nativity services and eating special foods. In a similar way, Easter eggs represent the new life that Jesus came to bring through his death and resurrection. Islam Fasting is an important aspect of Islam and children under 12 are gradually introduced to fasting during the month of Ramadan. During this time, Muslims will go without food or drink during daylight hours to practice self-control, to remember the poor and to show commitment to God. At the end of the month, Eid is celebrated with feasts, card-giving and presents.

10 Describe and explain commitment ceremonies Commitment ceremonies usually take place when a young person feels ready to reaffirm the promises that were made at their birth ceremony. This often marks the person becoming a full member of the faith. Christians If a young person has already been baptised they will have a confirmation. This is a ceremony where they will be asked to confirm the promises made at their baptism. They will be prayed for by a bishop who will then ask for them to be filled by the Holy Spirit and they will be allowed to receive communion (bread and wine) after this point. For people who did not get baptised, they will instead have an adult baptism service. This will involve them explaining their reasons for baptism and being fully submerged in a pool of water. Muslims Generally there is no formal commitment ceremony in Islam. Learning about the religion starts at a young age and continues as the young person matures.

11 Evaluate the problems and benefits for young people associated with belief Problems Generation Gap a difference between the views of young people and their parents. Marginalisation the process of becoming isolated or left out Peer pressure influence exerted by friends on each other Secular Non-religious Benefits Empowerment an individual having the right to make their own choices and act on them Purpose the goal of life and reason for living Brotherhood people of similar beliefs belonging to a family of the faith

12 Explain the role of schools in teaching young people about religious belief Religious Education has been regarded as an important subject for all students to learn. The law therefore states that RE must be provided for all students in education up to sixth form. It also allows local authorities to decide upon what is studied, as long as it includes Christianity and the 5 other main world religions. School assemblies are also supposed to be in some way spiritual in focus. This may be through singing, praying, reflecting on an issue. School assemblies should provide an opportunity for worship but without trying to convert students. Faith Schools There are over 7,000 faith schools in the UK. Most are Church of England although other religions have their own. There is a debate as to whether faith schools stop students mixing with people from other faiths. However, faith schools are generally very popular and give students a greater chance to understand their religious traditions.

13 Tasks The following slides contain tasks. Complete these in your book or on paper.

14 Quick quiz Answer these one and two mark exam questions without using notes. 1. What peer pressure? (1 mark) 2. Give two ways being religious might be difficult for young people (2 mark) 3. What does secular mean? (1 mark) 6. Give one reason why a religious person might go to a faith school (1 mark) 4. Give one moral code (1 mark) 7. Give one reason why a religious person may have a birth ceremony (1 mark) 5. Give two examples of religious festivals(2 mark) 8. What is marginalisation? (1 mark)

15 Quick quiz - answers 1. influence exerted by friends on each other 2. Marginalisation, peer pressure, secular society, generation gap 3. Non-religious commandments, treat others as you want to be treated etc. 5. Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, Eid etc. 6. Learn more about their religious traditions. 7. Marks the formal entry into the religion 8. Feeling left out by those around you

16 Find 13 words and short phrases linked to the Religion and Young People topic See how many you can find before you click to reveal the words you are looking for. L S G E S P I R I T U A L I T Y U E A M Z E F I B N F A I T H S C H O O L Z M M K C S N R C H R I S M O R A L C O D E O J U O A Z L I J O R Y N R A D E T W M Q I L L N O P S E R U S S E R P R E E P X I A Y E F W H B N R C J N A M R J J O B N R A E S I I O R U W A V J O X R V W A I S O R S W T I V I S I T D D U B J E P T N P F N D A M T R G F I O I P M O R T I I E T A G I X A E S A A G I R M E M I A S T N D M K R E T X E D V E G E N E S T E S F A C I O R Y I A I E I N Z Z N M I I Y X M J N D U G U O O E D O I S T N O U L L A I I H T I N G N C Z M A X F G N Y E D R V I G E D O O H R E H T O R B

17 Find 13 words and short phrases linked to the Religion and Young People topic See how many you can find before you click to reveal the words you are looking for. L S G E S P I R I T U A L I T Y U E A M Z E F I B N F A I T H S C H O O L Z M M K C S N R C H R I S M O R A L C O D E O J U O A Z L I J O R Y N R A D E T W M Q Can you give definitions for each of the words? I L L N O P S E R U S S E R P R E E P X I A Y E F W H B N R C J N A M R J J O B N R A E S I I O R U W A V J O X R V W A I S O R S W T I V I S I T D D U B J E P T N P F N D A M T R G F I O I P M O R T I I E T A G I X A E S A A G I R M E M I A S T N D M K R E T X E D V E G E N E S T E S F A C I O R Y I A I E I N Z Z N M I I Y X M J N D U G U O O E D O I S T N O U L L A I I H T I N G N C Z M A X F G N Y E D R V I G E D O O H R E H T O R B SECULAR MORAL CODE INITIATION CONFIRMATION RAMADAN TAIZE PEER PRESSURE EMPOWERMENT SPIRITUALITY GIRLS BRIGADE BAPTISM FAITH SCHOOL BROTHERHOOD

18 Question - Explain what is meant by a moral code. (3 marks) A moral code is a set of values that a person might choose to follow. Moral codes are not necessarily religious as most people follow the moral code of Do not kill. Moral codes are found in religious books such as the 10 commandments in the Bible or the golden rule of treat others as you want to be treated that Jesus taught. Religious people are encouraged to follow these rules and live in a way that follows God. This answer is well explained. It talks about what a moral code is and gives examples. There is clear reference made to religious teachings (Bible, Jesus,) and how this teaching affects the behaviour of religious people. It would score 3 out of 3.

19 How to answer 6 mark evaluation questions Try to remember FARMER F For give arguments for the statement. A Against give arguments against the statement. R Religion say what religion thinks. M- Me say what I think. E ) Evaluate R - ) Religion Say what you think about the religious arguments.

20 Decide on which elements of FARMER this answer has included Religious schools should not be allowed. Do you agree? Give reasons to show you have thought about more than one point of view, refer to religious belief in your answer. (6 marks) I disagree with this statement. Religious schools give young people the opportunity to learn more about their religion in a place where they don t have to worry about bullying or peer pressure. For example, some Christians might send their children to a religious school to help them understand their faith better. On the other hand, religious schools might not be good for society as it means children are less likely to mix with others who do not belong to their religion. Also, they might not have the opportunity to meet people who have different opinions from them Check this answer and find the FARMER elements. Now use your mark scheme to work out how many marks this answer would achieve.

21 Try one of these exam questions using the FARMER requirements The benefits for young people of being religious outweigh the negatives. Do you agree? Give reasons showing you have considered other viewpoints. Refer to religious arguments in your answer. Schools should not have compulsory Religious Studies lessons. Do you agree? Give reasons showing you have considered other viewpoints. Refer to religious arguments in your answer. Now use your mark scheme to check your answer.

22 Are you now confident with the young people topic? Go back over the information slides at the start of this presentation. On a list or on a mind map, include all of the elements you still feel you need to revise.

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