Home House

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On market day, Sammy sits at the end of a row of stalls and plays tunes on a tin whistle. The whistle is cracked and Sammy is short of breath. But he likes to think he’s earning the few pence he makes from passers-by who remember his songs from the old days. Sometimes he gets abused and told to get up and go home.

But Sammy can’t go home because he lives in a pile of cardboard boxes at the back of a warehouse. His whistle is his companion and a reminder of better times. His life and his songs are intertwined.

In this room of the house you can find ideas for music which may help you think about what home means and what it might be like to be without a home. You can find ideas for music to listen to, or you might like to sing and/or perform some of the songs. And when you do, think of Sammy and his song.


Hymns you may have in your hymn book

  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Deep River
  • Graham Kendrick, Beauty for Brokenness (God of the Poor)


  • Psalm 23
  • Psalm 84
  • Psalm 90

Taize chant

  • In Manus Tuas, Pater
  • Kyrie Eleison

Listening to Classical music

  • Michael Tippett, A Child of our Time

Listening to Contemporary music

(links are to listen to the song on myspace when available)

Listening to Contemporary Christian Music

Prayers: pray for the homeless
Stories: read and contemplate
© CTBI and MTAG 2014

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink


  • What is a home?
  • What do you feel about homeless people?

Scripture passages with questions

  • Garden of Eden
  • Babylonian Captivity
  • Jesus has no home
  • Jesus’ mother at the Cross
  • Prodigal Son

Art/images on the theme for reflection with questions and exploration

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

  • Appreciating your home
  • Understanding homeless people better


  • Brief thoughts from different people about home and homelessness.
  • Questions for discussion


For those who have lost their homes. With images for reflection


Websites to explore on the theme of home; homelessness; refugees and asylum seekers


  • What have you noted down for consideration?
  • Other bloggers; Comments from young people piloting the project


Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

Choose from Hymns; chants; psalms; classical music; contemporary music


Video clips, TV episodes, Films, Books, Contemporary music

Footsteps of Jesus

  • How did issues of home and homelessness affect Jesus?
  • Matthew 2. 13-15 The Escape into Egypt
  • Luke 4. 16-30 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth


Reflective stories
  • Manda’s story
  • Tanya’s story
  • Rebekah’s story
With questions for discussion


Story telling
Real life stories
  • Dev’s story
  • Rahena’s story
  • Simon’s story
  • Ana’s story
  • Carl’s story

Recipe - suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

  • Megan’s story; the work of the Salvation Army
  • Making soup to share with others

Dispossession - how am I changing?

  • Going home....what will I leave behind?
  • What new things will I take home with me?
  • Info