Ethos Education

Up: Power to Live

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Assembly Objective:

  • Why do we celebrate Pentecost?  This assembly looks at this Christian festival, examining the idea of the unexpected power of the Holy Spirit demonstrated on the day of Pentecost.

Film: 

  • Up (Disney Pixar, 2009) 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 Christian believe in the Holy Spirit, particularly as celebrated at Pentecost.

OPENING ACTIVITY

Power Cut (illustration)

  • Bring a selection of items to the assembly and ask the children to help you work out what sort of power is needed to make them work. Ask them to match the item with the power source. Items could include:
    • A remote controlled car and a set of batteries.
    • A mobile phone and charger.
    • A radio or iPod dock and plug.
    • A candle and a box of matches.
  • Make the point that without power the item is useless.

Balloon Adventure (activity)

  • You will need to provide a few helium-filled balloons for this activity. You can buy celebration balloons from a local party shop.  Invite as many pairs of volunteers as you have balloons to come to the front and give them some string, sellotape, scrap paper and a toy figure (a soldier or Lego person). Tell them they have two minutes to work together to make a safe balloon basket to transport their figure to the ceiling. Play some music as they work, and invite the rest of the assembly to cheer them on.
  • At the end of two minutes (or longer if you’re feeling kind), test the various models, and vote on which one is the most reliable. Give the winning team an uninflated balloon as a prize and send them back to their places.
  • Make the point that the balloon needed the helium gas to lift the figure into the air. Without the power, the figure would have remained grounded.
  • In Circle Time, the whole class could be involved in working in groups on this activity.

FILM CLIP

  • Play the clip from Up (Disney Pixar, 2009) certificate U.
    • Start time:  19:41 (chapter 8, the care assistants from Shady Oaks Retirement Home arrive to take Mr Fredricksen away)
    • End time: 23:15 (the house is travelling through blue sky and Mr Fredriksen is asleep in his armchair)
    • Clip length: 3 minutes 34 seconds
  • If you can’t show the clip, read this description instead:
    • Two care assistants arrive at Carl Fredricksen’s house. He gives them his suitcase and tells them he wants to say one last goodbye. As they walk down his path they look up and see Carl waving to them from his house which is attached to thousands of balloons and is rising up above the rooftops. The house floats high above the rooftops of the city and Carl checks his map and compass then hoists sails made of old curtains. He kisses the photograph of his deceased wife and says ‘We’re on our way, Ellie’ then settles into his armchair.

TALK

Download the Pentecost PowerPoint for use with this assembly.

Scripted Talk

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • In our assembly today we are going to be talking about a festival that Christians celebrate. The festival of Pentecost happens fifty days after Easter.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • At Pentecost Christians remember something that happened after Jesus had been crucified and risen from the dead. Before he was taken to heaven, he told his disciples, or followers to wait in Jerusalem for a special gift that God would give them. The disciples didn’t understand what he meant, but they were waiting patiently to see what would happen next.
    • The disciples were ordinary people with ordinary lives, but something extraordinary, something amazing, was about to happen in their lives. Let’s take a look at something extraordinary now. Carl Fredricksen is an elderly gentleman whose wife has died. Mr Fredricksen is fed up being treated as an old person because he still has a dream that he wants to fulfil. His life is ordinary, but he dreams of an extraordinary journey that he wants to take. Let’s see how he achieves his dream.
    • Watch the clip:
      • Start time:  19:41 (chapter 8, the care assistants from Shady Oaks Retirement Home arrive to take Mr Fredricksen away)
      • End time: 23:15 (the house is travelling through blue sky and Mr Fredriksen is asleep in his armchair)
      • Clip length: 3 minutes 34 seconds
    • If you can’t show the clip, read this description instead:
      • Two care assistants arrive at Carl Fredricksen’s house. He gives them his suitcase and tells them he wants to say one last goodbye. As they walk down his path they look up and see Carl waving to them from his house which is attached to thousands of balloons and is rising up above the rooftops. The house floats high above the rooftops of the city and Carl checks his map and compass then hoists sails made of old curtains. He kisses the photograph of his deceased wife and says ‘We’re on our way, Ellie’ then settles into his armchair.
      • Mr Fredricksen did something unexpected and extraordinary. Instead of allowing the building firm to destroy his house and going into a retirement home, he decided to follow his dreams and have an adventure. With the help of thousands of balloons and some helium gas, he set off to South America. Mr Fredricksen suddenly had power. Power to lift him and his house high into the sky. Everyone who saw him go was amazed that an ordinary old man living in an ordinary house could have the power to live such an exciting life.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Let’s think about Pentecost again. Jesus’ followers were ordinary people. There were fishermen and tax collectors. They had been chosen by Jesus to be his followers and since they met him they had seen extraordinary things happen. Sick people were healed. Dead people came alive again. But now, Jesus had gone away and they were left waiting to see what would happen next. They were waiting patiently together in the city of Jerusalem. The city was busy, because lots of people from all across the world had come to celebrate the festival. Let’s find out what happened next.
  • [PowerPoint slides 4-5]
    • Read Acts 2:1-4:
      • On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • Wow! Suddenly everything changed for the ordinary followers. God gave them the power to be extraordinary. Did you notice what happened? First of all there was a sound like a strong wind. Then it seemed that fire appeared over everyone. Then the disciples began to speak in different languages. It must have been exciting to have been there, but probably quite frightening too.
    • From that point on, life changed for the disciples. Like Mr Fredricksen, they set off on a great adventure, and had great power. Instead of being frightened, they were bold. Instead of staying quiet about Jesus, they began to tell everyone they met about him. And instead of thinking that Jesus had left them, they knew that God was with them as the Holy Spirit.
    • I wonder if you ever feel frightened, or not confident to speak up or lonely. Has anyone ever felt like that? The good news about what happened at Pentecost is that the Holy Spirit can help you too. In another part of the Bible, it says that if we come near to God, he will come near to us. In other words, if we ask him to help us and be with us when we feel afraid or lonely, he will be there with us.
    • Pentecost reminds Christians that God wants them to live adventurous lives, and that he gives them power to do it!
    • Reflection
      • We’re going to spend a few moments in quiet now. You can look at the picture and the words on the slide and think about what you’ve heard today. Perhaps you feel afraid or lonely. Perhaps you want to live an adventurous life. If you like, you can ask God to help you.
      • Prayer:
      • Father we praise you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you that he helped Jesus’ followers to be bold. Please come near to us when we are afraid or lonely. Give us your power. Amen.

Headings and Bullets

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Christian festival of Pentecost.
    • Fifty days after Easter.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • Pentecost:
    • Happened after Jesus had been crucified and risen from the dead.
    • Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for a special gift that God would give them.
    • The disciples didn’t understand what he meant, but they were waiting patiently.
    • Something unexpected happened.
    • Ordinary people, extraordinary events.
    • The disciples were ordinary people with ordinary lives.
    • Something extraordinary, something amazing, was about to happen.
    • Introduce clip:
    • Carl Fredricksen is an elderly gentleman whose wife has died.
    • Fed up being treated as an old person because he still has a dream that he wants to fulfil.
    • His life is ordinary, but he dreams of an extraordinary journey that he wants to take.
    • Watch the clip:
      • Start time:  19:41 (chapter 8, the care assistants from Shady Oaks Retirement Home arrive to take Mr Fredricksen away)
      • End time: 23:15 (the house is travelling through blue sky and Mr Fredriksen is asleep in his armchair)
      • Clip length: 3 minutes 34 seconds
    • Mr Fredriksen did something unexpected and extraordinary.
    • Decided to follow his dreams and have an adventure.
    • He set off to South America powered by helium gas and balloons.
    • Power to lift him and his house high into the sky.
    • Everyone who saw him go was amazed that an ordinary old man living in an ordinary house could have the power to live such an exciting life.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Ordinary People:
    • Jesus’ followers were ordinary people – fishermen and tax collectors.
    • Chosen by Jesus to be his followers.
    • They had seen extraordinary things happen – healings, dead people brought back to life.
    • But now, Jesus had gone away.
    • They were waiting patiently together in the city of Jerusalem.
    • The city was busy, because lots of people from all across the world had come to celebrate the festival.
    • Read Acts 2:1-4:
  • [PowerPoint slides 4-5]
    • Everything changes.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • God gave the disciples the power to be extraordinary.
    • A sound like a strong wind.
    • Fire appeared over everyone.
    • The disciples began to speak in different languages.
    • Exciting and quite frightening.
    • A great adventure:
    • From that point on, life changed for the disciples.
    • Instead of being frightened, they were bold.
    • Instead of staying quiet about Jesus, they began to tell everyone they met about him.
    • Instead of thinking that Jesus had left them, they knew that God was with them as the Holy Spirit.
    • Conclusion:
    • The good news about what happened at Pentecost is that the Holy Spirit can help you too.
    • In another part of the Bible, it says that if we come near to God, he will come near to us.
    • If we ask him to help us and be with us when we feel afraid or lonely, he will be there with us.
    • Pentecost reminds Christians that God wants them to live adventurous lives, and that he gives them power to do it!

Photo Copyright for Pentecost PowerPoint: Slide 1 Disney/Pixar / Slide 2 Disney/Pixar / Slide 3 image 11 Sweet Publishing/FreeBibleimages.org / Slide 4 image 1 / Slide 5 image 2 Sweet Publishing/FreeBibleimages.org / Slide 6 images from iStockphoto.com


RESPOND

Reflection

  • We’re going to spend a few moments in quiet now. You can look at the picture and the words on the slide and think about what you’ve heard today. Perhaps you feel afraid or lonely. Perhaps you want to live an adventurous life. If you like, you can ask God to help you.

Prayer

  • Father, we praise you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you that he helped Jesus’ followers to be bold. Please come near to us when we are afraid or lonely. Give us your power. Amen.

YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Up (Disney Pixar, 2009) certificate U. Click here to buy the DVD online.
  2. Pentecost PowerPoint.
  3. A selection of items and power sources (batteries, plugs, matches etc.) for Power Cut opening activity.
  4. Some helium-filled balloons, toy figures, sellotape, string and scrap paper plus uniflated balloons for prizes for Balloon Adventure opening activity.

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