Home House

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child's painting of a house

Photo: sikeri


Most children like to draw houses. In Vera’s drawing, we can see a smiling child looking out of the window. Who is she looking for? Her family, her friends coming round to play? What is this child telling us about being at home?


Art and Images

This part of the house is activity based. In this section you are invited to look at some images of home and homelessness. What do the pictures suggest to you or remind you of? What ideas come to mind? Some of these pictures might inspire and engage you; others might challenge or disturb you.

You might like to take or find some photographs of your own and create a collage or album for you or your group to look at. You could perhaps put copies of the pictures around your own group space so that you move around to look at or compare them. In your journey through these resources you could also write down some thoughts and ideas in your journal or blog or, if you are doing this in a group, write some words reflecting your thoughts on a piece of paper.


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© 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.

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  • 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