'Make route map of Jesus'; Coronavirus effect in religious teachings also
Kochi: "Can you prepare the route map of Jesus? Can you find those who came in contact with Jesus directly and indirectly?" When lockdown to prevent coronavirus spreading drove people away from even worship centres, the religious awareness classes also switched to modern methods and coronavirus has key role in it. One of the churches in Kerala introduced online catechism classes in order to continue the religious teaching without compelling people to be physically present in the church.
Fr Jimmy Poochakkattu, the rector of Angamaly St George Basilica, put forward the innovative idea. Normally, catechism class is conducted in churches during summer vacation. But considering the situation, they chose the online method this time. The rector introduced the new method to make children aware of Bible as well as the COVID-19. On knowing the idea, the religious teaching wing of the church also supported him.
For finding the answer to the questions, the children will have to read the gospels. Among the four preachers, only two of them had direct contact with the Jesus. When these information are connected with COVID-19, children will also have some general knowledge.
The portions of the lessons are uploaded beforehand. There are about 2000 children in this church. Among them, those in classes 1-9 who have internet connection will have the opportunity to attend the class. Also this is not mandatory. The route map and other questions need to be submitted only after the lockdown ends.
The course is named as 'Break the Chain Catch Up Jesus' and is available at www.angamalybasilica.com. Fr Poochakkattu said that though he introduced the idea for their parish only, now others also are inquiring about it.
Bible-COVID quiz on mobile
In Kalady St George Church, a Bible-COVID quiz is conducted through WhatsApp every day. The priest would send 15 questions at 9 in the morning. The families should send the answers by 4 in the evening. 10 questions will be from Bible and 5 from the newspaper on COVID related news.
Vicar Fr John Puthuva said that it is necessary to read newspapers every day to keep updated on COVID-19. Five chapters from Bible is selected for the quiz daily. Some families even read Bible together to find the answers, Fr Puthuva said.