Ethos Education

Frozen: Love Will Thaw

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Assembly Objective: 

  • How can we deal with difficult emotions, such as fear? This assembly explores the Bible’s teaching that love takes away fear.

Film: 

  • Frozen (Walt Disney, 2013) certificate PG. Click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible: 

Supporting Values Education:

  • The value of Individual Liberty is based on the notion that we are free and responsible for our own actions – but that means we tend also to fear the consequences of what we have done, or what others might do to us. The values of Democracy and Rule of Law recognise that we are part of a society whereby we receive support from others which can help us deal with our fears, and make good choices about how we live. 

OPENING ACTIVITY

Emoticon (mood-setter)

  • Give a child a piece of paper with an emotion written on it, and ask them to act out the emotion without speaking. The person in the group who correctly guesses the emotion can act out the next one.
  • Examples of emotions:
    • Happy
    • Sad
    • Angry
    • Joyful
    • Afraid
    • Excited
    • Thoughtful
    • Peaceful
    • Annoyed
    • Bored
    • Sorry
    • Amazed
    • Shocked

Karaoke (something to sing/something fun)

  • Invite some of the children to the front to perform Frozen’s most famous song: Let it Go. Play the relevant clip on the DVD (see below for clip details), with the subtitles turned on, in the background (not that many true fans are likely to need it!). You could give each one something that will pass for a microphone to sing into and a prize for participating at the end.
  • Let it Go clip
    • Start time: 00:29:52 (in chapter 5 of the DVD)
    • End time: 00:33:20
    • Clip length: 3 minutes and 28 seconds

FILM CLIP 

  • Play the clip from Frozen (Walt Disney, 2013) certificate PG.
    • Start time: 53:04 (Anna tells Elsa, ‘So, we were so close. We can be like that again’) chapter eight
    • End time: 55:48 (Elsa sings, ‘What power do you have to stop this winter, to stop me?’)
    • Clip length: 2 minutes and 44 seconds
  • If you cannot play the clip, then play the song For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) (from the Frozen soundtrack) instead.

TALK

Scripted Talk

Download the Love Will Thaw Assembly PowerPoint for use with this talk.

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Welcome, everyone, to our assembly. We’re going to be thinking about emotions today. Who can give me an example of an emotion? [Take several suggestions. You could write them up on a board and use them in place of the following examples.]
    • Now let’s think about what we do when we feel emotions. What do you do when you feel really happy? [Take suggestions – smile, shout, jump around.] Using your face only, show me what you do when you feel surprised? [Take suggestions.] What do you say when you feel amazed at something? [Take suggestions – Wow! Cool! That’s amazing!!]
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • We enjoy feeling happy and surprised and amazed. But some emotions aren’t so fun. When we feel angry or afraid or upset, it can be difficult to know what to do with ourselves.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • In a moment, we’re going to watch a clip from the film Frozen. Elsa has the power to make snow, but she cannot control it. Once, by accident, Elsa froze her little sister, Anna. Ever since, Elsa has felt afraid that she might hurt someone again. So, she has tried to shut people out of her life. Eventually, Elsa runs away. But, Anna goes after her. Let’s see what Anna thinks Elsa should do with her fear.
    • Play the clip from Frozen (Walt Disney, 2013) certificate PG.
      • Start time: 53:04 (Anna tells Elsa, ‘So, we were so close. We can be like that again’) chapter eight
      • End time: 55:48 (Elsa sings, ‘What power do you have to stop this winter, to stop me?’)
      • Clip length: 2 minutes and 44 seconds
    • If you cannot play the clip, then play the song For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) (from the Frozen soundtrack) instead.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Elsa tries to keep her feelings shut up inside her. Then, she tries to keep herself shut up, away from other people. But, her fear is still there.
    • Elsa finishes the song by shouting, ‘I can’t!’ Do you ever feel like this about your emotions? Do you ever feel like you can’t control your feelings – like they could explode out of you at any time, making you cry or hit or yell?
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Elsa also believes that Anna can’t help her. ‘What power do you have to stop this winter, to stop me?’ says Elsa. Sometimes our feelings seem so strong that we think no one will be able to help us. But, this is not true.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • Anna believes that she can help Elsa. She believes they can get rid of Elsa’s fear and the snowstorm she has made. How?
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • By facing them together. Anna loves Elsa and she doesn’t want Elsa to face these things on her own. This love has the power to take away some of Elsa’s fear.
    • The Bible says that the most powerful love comes from God. What could that love do?
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]:
    • Read 1 John 4:18:
      • ‘Where God’s love is, there is no fear. God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear. Anyone who has fear does not have perfect love. God’s perfect love has the power to take away all fear. This is because God offers us his forgiveness.’
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • It may be that you don’t share Elsa’s problem of feeling afraid, but you do get frustrated easily. Or perhaps you often feel lonely or annoyed or worried. And maybe, like Elsa, you try to keep your feelings shut up inside you, and to keep yourself shut up, away from other people, whilst you’re feeling like that.
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • As Elsa realised, this will only make the feelings stronger and more difficult to control. What you really need is to share your emotions with someone who loves you. Then you can work it out together.

Headings and Bullets

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Introduction.
    • Welcome.
    • Introduce theme of emotions.
    • Examples of an emotion.
    • Actions that follow emotions.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • Fun and frightening emotions.
    • Some emotions are fun, but others aren’t.
    • When we feel angry or afraid or upset, it can be difficult to know what to do with ourselves.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Introduce the film clip:
    • Background on Elsa’s emotions and actions.
    • Play the clip from Frozen (Walt Disney, 2013) certificate PG.
      • Start time: 53:04 (Anna tells Elsa, ‘So, we were so close. We can be like that again’) chapter eight
      • End time: 55:48 (Elsa sings, ‘What power do you have to stop this winter, to stop me?’)
      • Clip length: 2 minutes and 44 seconds
    • If you cannot play the clip, then play the song For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) (from the Frozen soundtrack) instead.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4-5]
    • Fighting fear alone :
      • Elsa tries to keep her feelings shut up inside her, but her fear is still there.
      • Elsa shouts, ‘I can’t!’ Do you ever feel like you can’t control your feelings?
      • Elsa also believes that Anna can’t help her.
      • Sometimes our feelings seem so strong that we think no one can help us. But, this is not true.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6-7]
    • Love thaws fear:
      • Anna believes that she can help Elsa with her fear and the snowstorm.
      • How? By facing them together.
      • Anna’s love has the power to take away some of Elsa’s fear.
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • Read 1 John 4:18:
      • God’s perfect love has the power to take away all fear because God offers us forgiveness.
  • [PowerPoint slide 9-10]
    • Your emotions:
      • It may be that you don’t share Elsa’s problem.
      • But you do get frustrated easily or you often feel lonely or annoyed or worried.
      • Maybe you try to keep your feelings shut up inside you, but this will only make the feelings worse.
      • What you really need is to share your emotions with someone who loves you.

RESPOND

Reflection

  • Actually, both the fun emotions and the difficult emotions are better when they are shared with the people we love.
  • Close your eyes and think of a word that describes how you are feeling right now. Calm? Happy? Sleepy? Sad? Excited? Angry? Bored? Joyful? Lonely? Loved? Worried? Or it could be another word altogether.
  • Think about that emotion. What might happen if you keep it to yourself? If it’s a fun emotion, then your loved ones will miss out on it. They want to share in your joy, so why don’t you tell them about it and make them glad too? If it’s a difficult emotion, then keeping it to yourself could make it much worse. Those who love you want to help you, so you don’t have to face it alone. Tell someone today.

Prayer

  • We can talk to God anytime and anywhere. We can share anything with him – the good and the bad, the funny and the frightening. I’m going to pray now, and I will pause in places for you to tell God which emotion you are feeling and who you are going to talk to. You can say these in your head – God will still hear you.
  • God, you know that I am feeling ……… Please help me to talk to ……… about this. Please help us to work out what to do about this feeling. Thank you for your amazing, perfect, powerful love! Amen.

YOU WILL NEED: 

  1. Frozen (Walt Disney, 2013) certificate PG. Click here to buy the DVD online.
  2. If you cannot play the clip from Frozen, then play the song For the First Time in Forever (Reprise).
  3. Love Will Thaw Assembly PowerPoint.
  4. (Optional) An interactive whiteboard or board and marker for the main talk.
  5. Pieces of paper with a different emotion written on each for the Emoticon opening activity.
  6. (Optional) microphone stand-ins and prizes for the Karaoke opening activity.

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