Lights, Camera, Action

Page Summary

This activity includes using video cameras to capture the children / young people's opinions about the church.

Good For...

  • Understanding how children/young people experience church

You Will Require

  • An empty church building
  • Enough video cameras for groups of children/young people to have one per group


  • Borrow enough video cameras (or camera phones) for your group.
  • Make sure you know how the video cameras work - and that the children/young people also know!
  • Create a list of suggested questions (see below) to prompt the participants' imagination.
  • Find someone who will be able to help with editing the films.

What To Do

  • Gather centrally in the church.
  • Divide the group into 2s or 3s (depending on how many cameras you have).
  • Explain that you'd like to know what the children/young people think about the church - you'd like them to video what they have to say. They can video in any part of the church.
  • Emphasise that there are no right or wrong answers - but they might need to talk together about what is the right answer for them.
  • Distribute a list of questions that they might want to answer (but they don't need to be limited to the list). They don't have to start with the first question!
  • Allow 15/20 minutes for the videoing.
  • Come back together and listen to some of the things they videoed.
  • Arrange for the films to be edited. Who would they like to see the finished films?
  • Reflect - What have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?

Related Questions

What's your favourite place in church?

What's the worst thing about church? >

What's the best thing about church? >

Where do you feel close to God in church? >

Where could things be done differently? >

Is there anything you don’t like about the worship at your church? Do you have any suggestions of how things might be done differently? >

How could you be involved in church? >

What's the most important thing about (name of church/group)? >

If you could change anything about your church, what would it be? >

What do you think church is for? >

Do It Differently

Take the opportunity for children/young people to hear what adults think! Use the 'suggested questions' to interview and film members of the congregation. Discuss with the young people how the adult views are the same or different from theirs.

Adapt It For Younger Children

  • Have an adult/young person help the children with the cameras.