Ethos Education

The Incredibles: Three in One

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Assembly Objective:

  • Why do some Christians celebrate St Patrick’s Day? This assembly explores the life of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, considering his teaching on the Christian concept of God as Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Film:

  • The Incredibles (Disney Pixar, 2004) Certificate U. Click here to buy the DVD online.

Bible:

Supporting Values Education:

  • The values of Respect and Tolerance presuppose an understanding and appreciation of beliefs held by different people. This assembly helps pupils to understand why many Christians appreciate the life of St Patrick and his teaching about the core Christian belief of God as the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

OPENING ACTIVITY

Create the Atmosphere (mood setter)

  • Decorate the room in green and play some Irish music (traditional or contemporary) as pupils enter the assembly. If you can find some shamrock decorations you could also display these.
  • Click here to buy Best of the Chieftain’s (a traditional Irish band).

Water, Water Everywhere (illustration)

  • If you can manage the logistics of this, bring a kettle, a tray of ice cubes and a clear jug of water to the assembly. With due regard for health and safety, plug in the kettle and let the pupils watch the steam come from the spout as it boils. Meanwhile, pass the ice cubes around the room, telling pupils to hold one for a few seconds before passing it on to the next person. Pour the water from the jug into a glass and drink it.
  • Explain that water is an interesting chemical because it takes different forms. Water molecules are made up of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O), and it can be solid (ice), liquid (water) or gas (steam). In each of its three forms, the molecules are still made up of hydrogen and oxygen. Although the state is different, it is essentially the same thing (H2O).
  • Tell the children that in today’s assembly they are going to hear about a man who wanted to help people understand how God can be described as three different people, but is still always God.

Find the Crock of Gold (game)

  • In advance of the assembly, place a number of chocolate coins around the room within sight, but not in immediately obvious places. Place a pot in front of the assembly. Tell the pupils that today you are going to be celebrating St Patrick’s Day and that often people associate St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, with leprechauns and crocks (pots) of gold. You’d like to make your own crock of gold, but you need to find the gold coins to put in it. Ask the children to stay seated and use their eyes to spot the coins hidden around the room. If they spot a coin, they should point to it without saying anything. Play the game in silence and see if you can find all the hidden coins.
  • Explain that today you are not going to be talking about crocks of gold or leprechauns, but learning about St Patrick who believed he had found something more precious than a pot of gold.

FILM CLIP

  • Play the film clip from The Incredibles (Disney Pixar, 2004) Certificate U.
    • Start time: 01:02:25 (chapter 17 ‘Island approach. India Golf nine-oh-niner checking in.’)
    • End time: 01:08:19 (‘Or so help me, I will ground you both for a month. Understand?’)
    • Clip length: 5 minutes 54 seconds
  • Helen Parr has a secret identity as Elastigirl. She is flying a jet plane to rescue her husband, Mr Incredible. However, without her knowledge, their two older children, Violet and Dash, have smuggled themselves onto the plane which is now under attack. Helen tries to keep the plane on course while calling off the attacking missiles at the same time as speaking on the phone to the babysitter and instructing Violet and Dash. When the missiles hit the plane, Helen saves the children by turning herself into a parachute and prevents them from being hit by falling debris.

TALK

Download the Three in One Assembly PowerPoint for use with this talk.

Scripted Talk

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Hello and welcome to our assembly. Today we are going to be celebrating a special day for people from Ireland. Can anyone tell me whose day it is? It’s St Patrick’s Day and it is celebrated by people all across the world, especially if they are Irish.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and on the 17th of March people hold parades, wear green clothes and sometimes even dye their rivers green!
    • St Patrick didn’t come from Ireland. He was born in Britain in the fourth century and lived there until he was 16 when he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave. He was lonely and frightened and during his time in Ireland he decided to become a follower of Jesus. After six years he escaped and came back to Britain where he became a bishop in the church. A few years later he went back to Ireland to tell people about God. Patrick wanted the people of Ireland to learn what God was like so that they would follow Jesus too. Patrick is famous for using a plant to teach people about God.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • He used the shamrock, a plant with a leaf made up of three leaves to help people understand that God is one person, but also three people. The shamrock is one leaf, but it’s also three leaves. Three in one.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Lots of things can be three in one. Water can be a liquid that we pour from the tap, but it can also be frozen into ice or boiled into steam. Ice, steam and water are three separate things, but they are all forms of water. Three in one.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Christians believe that God is three in one. They use the word ‘Trinity’ to describe the three parts of God. There is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. All three are God but they appear in a different form. Let’s watch a film clip that might help us understand that better.
    • Play the film clip from The Incredibles (Disney Pixar, 2004) Certificate U.
      • Start time: 01:02:25 (chapter 17 ‘Island approach. India Golf nine-oh-niner checking in.’)
      • End time: 01:08:19 (‘Or so help me, I will ground you both for a month. Understand?’)
      • Clip length: 5 minutes 54 seconds
    • Helen Parr has a secret identity as Elastigirl. She is flying a jet plane to rescue her husband, Mr Incredible. However, without her knowledge, their two older children, Violet and Dash, have smuggled themselves onto the plane which is now under attack. Helen tries to keep the plane on course while calling off the attacking missiles at the same time as speaking on the phone to the babysitter and instructing Violet and Dash. When the missiles hit the plane, Helen saves the children by turning herself into a parachute and prevents them from being hit by falling debris.
    • Wow! She is an amazing lady, isn’t she? Did you notice the different people Helen had to be in that clip? She was a wife who set out to rescue her husband, Bob. She was a mum to Violet, Dash and Jack. She was Elastigirl, a superhero with amazing stretchy powers. A wife, a mum and a superhero, but always Helen Parr. Three different people, but still the one person. Three in one.
    • When Christians talk about God as Trinity, or three in one, they mean that God has three different persons, or ways of showing Himself to us.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • The Bible talks about God as a Father in heaven who created the world and loves everyone he has made. It also says that Jesus is God in human form. One day, Jesus was asked a question by one of his followers, Philip. Philip wanted to see God, and this is what Jesus said to him in reply:
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • Jesus replied: Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don’t you know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father? Don’t you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? What I say isn’t said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things. (John 14:9-10 CEV)
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • So, God is a Father who lives in heaven and the Son, Jesus, who lived on earth as a human being. Jesus also spoke about another part of God’s character, a helper. Let’s read what he said about him:
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don’t see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you. (John 14:16-17 CEV).
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • Jesus told his followers that after he died and rose again God would still be with them in a different form. He said that he would leave a special helper, the Holy Spirit, to help Christians know God.
    • St Patrick knew that it was important for Christians to understand what God is like, and he used the shamrock to explain that God is one person, but also three people – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is really hard to understand how God can be three in one, and very clever thinkers who study for years still puzzle about what it means, but the important thing for us to remember today is that God is with us, and wants us to get to know Him. St Patrick’s Day is a great day to celebrate, even if you’re not Irish, because St Patrick helped people to understand God better and that’s worth celebrating. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Headings and Bullets

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • A special day for people from Ireland.
    • St Patrick’s Day (17 March).
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
    • Parades, green clothes and rivers dyed green.
    • St Patrick:
      • Born in Britain in the fourth century.
      • At 16 he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave.
      • He was lonely and frightened.
      • Decided to become a follower of Jesus.
      • Escaped back to Britain and became a bishop in the church.
      • Returned to Ireland to tell people about God.
      • Patrick wanted people to learn what God was like.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Shamrock:
      • A plant with a leaf made up of three leaves.
      • Patrick used it to teach that God is one person, but also three people.
      • Three in one.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Three in One:
      • Water can be a liquid, solid or gas (water, ice, steam).
      • Three separate things, but all forms of water.
      • Three in one.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Trinity:
      • Christians believe that God is three in one.
      • ‘Trinity’ describes the three parts of God.
      • God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.
      • All three are God but they appear in a different form.
    • Play the film clip:
      • Start time: 01:02:25 (chapter 17 ‘Island approach. India Golf nine-oh-niner checking in.’)
      • End time: 01:08:19 (‘Or so help me, I will ground you both for a month. Understand?’)
      • Clip length: 5 minutes 54 seconds
    • Talk about the clip:
      • Helen had to be three different people.
      • She was a wife who set out to rescue her husband, Bob.
      • She was a mum to Violet, Dash and Jack.
      • She was Elastigirl, a superhero with amazing stretchy powers.
      • A wife, a mum and a superhero, but always Helen Parr.
      • Three different people, but still one person.
    • God in three persons:
      • Christians believe that God has three different persons, or ways of showing Himself to us.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • God as a Father in heaven who created the world and loves everyone He has made.
    • Bible teaches Jesus is God in human form.
    • Philip wanted to see God, and this is what Jesus said to him in reply:
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • John 14:9-10:
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • God is a Father who lives in heaven and also the Son, Jesus, who lived on earth as a human being.
    • Jesus also spoke about another part of God’s character, a helper.
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • John 14:16-17:
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • The Holy Spirit is a special helper to help Christians know God.
    • St Patrick:
      • St Patrick knew that it was important for Christians to understand what God is like.
      • Used the shamrock to explain that God is one person, but also three people – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
      • Hard to understand how God can be three in one.
      • Important thing for us to remember today is that God is with us, and wants us to get to know Him.

Photo Copyright for Three in One Assembly PowerPoint: Slides 1-4 iStockphoto.com / Slide 5 Buena Vista Pictures Distribution / Slide 7 Sweet Publishing/Free Bible Images.org image 13 / Slide 9 Sweet Publishing/Free Bible Images.org image 6


RESPOND

Reflection

  • If you can manage the logistics of this, bring a kettle, a tray of ice cubes and a clear jug of water to the assembly. With due regard for health and safety, plug in the kettle and let the pupils watch the steam come from the spout as it boils. Meanwhile, pass the ice cubes around the room, telling pupils to hold one for a few seconds before passing it on to the next person. Pour the water from the jug into a glass and drink it.
  • Tell the children to think about the three different forms of water – water, ice and steam. Think about how different they are but how they are also the same. Ask the children to think for a moment about how God has three different forms but is still one God.

Prayer

  • You may want to use part of the prayer of St Patrick (see below):
  • May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Angels of God guard us Against the snares of the evil one. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Your Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.
  • Alternatively, here is a simple prayer:
  • Thank you God that you promise to be with us as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, three in one. Be with us today in everything we do and say and think, watch over us and the people we love. Amen.

Respond Later

St Patrick’s Diary (activity)


YOU WILL NEED:

  1. The Incredibles (Disney Pixar, 2004) Certificate U. Click here to buy the DVD online.
  2. Three in One Assembly PowerPoint.
  3. A shamrock, if you can find one, to show pupils during the Talk.
  4. Kettle, ice cubes, jug of water and glass for the Reflection or for Water, Water Everywhere Opening Activity.
  5. A bag of chocolate coins and a pot for Find the Crock of Gold Opening Activity.

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