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A spiritual exercise

Take a reflective walk around your own home. What do the things in it mean to you?

Now imagine you could only put a few things from your home into a shopping trolley. What would you choose to preserve? Why would you choose those items?


Gift-giving and baggage dumping

In this part of the house you are invited to think about what exploring this topic means for you personally. How does your own spiritual journey and your faith affect the way you feel about your home and how does the issue of homelessness impact on your faith? What do you think Christians should be doing about it?

So in this space, you can take time to pause and to reflect in two ways: through gift-giving and baggage-dumping. What do you want to offer from your faith and experience and what might you want to get rid of?

First of all, then, what gifts do you think you bring to this place and what you might want to share with other people who come here? What knowledge, skills or insight do you have to offer? What story might you have to tell to encourage, sustain, inspire or uplift the people who pass through here, homed and homeless alike? How does your understanding of mission and sharing your faith feed into what you have found here?

Make a list of any skills, stories, ideas, dreams, projects or experiences that could feed into the spaces in this house. This could be as simple as a resolution to buy the Big Issue and get to know your local seller or helping out with a soup run or a homeless charity event. You could perhaps get together in a group to raise awareness of a homeless issue, whether it be those sleeping rough, the plight of refugees or the need for runaway young people to have friends and advocates.

If you want some ideas you might like to look at the Big Issue website at www.bigissue.org.uk

How would you relate such activities to sharing your faith with others?


Some Questions:

  • How does your faith help you decide what’s important to you?
  • How important are possessions to you?
  • How do you view people who have few possessions or who choose to live without possessions?
  • What could you give up or do without, in order to help others?
Continue: Baggage dumping
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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.

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?
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