Fifth grade students at Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) participated in a Social Studies project called “Established Religions in The Bahamas.” As part of the project, Eleanor Hield, Grade 5 Level Coordinator, instructed them to design a model of the church they attended and to submit a written report of the church they selected.
The results surpassed Hield’s imagination.
“Today we have tremendous effort, and they [the churches] look very, very good,” she exclaimed. “I am impressed.”
She explained that students who added special features like landscaping received additional marks during her grading. Some of the students also included their church’s purpose or vision statement and a list of services provided with days and times.
Hield said she was delighted that so many children went out and designed churches. The variety of church models submitted were representative of Abaco’s 120 churches as were a distinct reflection of the difference in religious denominations on the island.
Some churches appeared to be more popular and received the stamp of approval for best design were: Zion Baptist Cathedral, Bethany Gospel Chapel, Friendship Tabernacle Church, Holy Trinity in Nassau, Change Ministries Intl., Daystar International Ministries, Latterrain Ministries, Abaco Youth Ministries, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Full Gospel Assembly, First Assembly of God, Revival Time Pentecostal Church, Marsh Harbour Church of Christ, Led by the Spirit, St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, and New Vision Ministries.
As an observer, it was also good to see that so many children attend church services and as a family unit. Hield promised an award will be given that next year because of the students’ creativity.