Walk about

Good for...

  • Understanding how children/young people experience church.

You will require 

  • An empty church building (prefereably the one in which you usually meet!)


  • None!

What to do

  • Gather centrally in the church.
  • Explain that you're going to ask questions and instead of saying the answer, you want people to move to the answer.
  • Emphasise that there are no right or wrong answers but they might need to think what is the right answer for them.
  • After each response, gather back centrally and tease out why the children/young people went to the place they chose.
  • It might be helpful to have someone record any key findings or suggestions
  • Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things change?

Suggested questions

  • Where might the Bible be read?
  • Where might people pray?
  • Where is your favourite place?
  • Where do you feel left out?
  • Where do you feel closest to God?
  • Where do you feel welcomed?
  • Where would you like to change something?
  • Where could things be done differently?
  • Where would you like to be involved?

Do things differently

  • Give participants digital cameras and ask them to photograph their answers. Together create a presentation called 'Our Church' to show to the PCC or congregation.
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