Last year we entered the Schools Bible Project competition where we studied some of the great events in the life of Jesus Christ and wrote an essay about one of them. Most schools in the UK entered and the list below are last years prize winners. It was our first time and we came forth in this national competition.
1st Prize jointly:
Dr Challoner’s High School, Little Chalfont Bucks
St Columba’s Boys School, Bexleyheath
2nd Prize jointly:
The Pinstanley School Braunstone Town Leics
St John Payne School Chelmsford
3rd Prize jointly:
The Cedars School, South Croydon
Lacon Childe School Cleobury Mortimer
4th Prize jointly:
Oaklands Catholic School Waterlooville Hants
Stanborough School Watford
We also gave our own internal joint 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
This year the prizes are
- 1st prize, £50
- 2nd prize, £30
- 3rd prize, £20
Choose one of the events in the life of Jesus, read about it, think about it and then write about it as if you had actually been present. These events are described in the New Testament which is the second half of the great book we call the Bible. It is a central part of the worlds great religious heritage.
Here Are The Events From Which to Choose
- The Wedding at Cana (John 2:11-12) It was Christs first miracle, John describes it as happening “on the third day”. Is there any significance in that?
- The Feeding of the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:13-21) They were busy people with homes and families, but they had been so attracted by Christs preaching that they followed him all day and were hungry. What did He do? The people were Jewish, they remembered their own history and the manna in the desert. It must have made them wonder: who is this man, Jesus?
- The raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44) Lazarus had been dead for three days. His body must have started to smell and decompose. And yet Christ raised him. Does it point to anything that might happen to Christ himself?
- The Last Supper (Matthew 26:26-68, Mark 14:22-14) It was the season of the Passover and Christ asked his Apostles to find a suitable room for a solemn banquet. It was the night before He was to die…
- The Resurrection (Luke 24:1-148) A Crucifixion was a savage, ghastly death. Christ’s broken body was placed in a tomb and sealed with a great stone. Three days later, women came back to make to body clean with fragrant oils and spices. But the tomb was empty…
How to Enter
The competition is open to all UK pupils aged 11-16. The essay must be typed on a computer and must carry the name of the pupil, date of birth, year group and full address of the school.
- Choose one incident from the list above after studying them all carefully. Study other accounts (authors) some incidents are described by more than one of the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
- Write a description of the incident in YOUR OWN WORDS AS IF YOU HAD BEEN PRESENT. This work must be unaided by your teacher. You can either choose to be one of the people actually involved, or you can invent a character for yourself. You can decorate your essay but elaborate artwork that might be damaged in the post is not recommended. No plastic folders or laminated work. Ordinary A4 sheets held together by staples or paper clips are best. Maximum 5 pages (1,000 words).
- The teacher will then check that the work complies, collate all by year group and post it to arrive no later than June 30th. Winning prizes will be notified at the beginning of the Autumn term. The four main prize winners will be invited to attend a special ceremony in November or early December 2019 in London at the House of Lords. They will attend with their family and teacher and have a TOUR OF PARLIAMENT, TEA AT WESTMINSTER and then receive their prizes. In addition a large number of runner up prizes will be awarded and these will be mailed direct to the school in September 2019.
- All entries become the property of Christians Direct and are non-returnable. You are advised to email a copy of your essay to yourself and your teacher.
Christian Projects is an ecumenical charity bringing together members of mainstream christian denominations in Britain. The School Bible Project has been running annually since 1989.