Ethos Education

What Should I Do?

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Assembly Objective:

  • What do we do when we feel ashamed? This assembly helps students consider that shame is an emotion that cannot easily be dealt with, particularly in a contemporary culture where people are quick to blame. Christians believe that the death of Jesus on the cross brings forgiveness and freedom from shame through the costly sacrifice of God’s son. This assembly is also suitable for use at Easter.

Film:

  • The Lion King (Disney, 2019, cert PG). 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 consider how the Christian faith approaches the question of shame and redemption, and prompts students to consider their own attitude towards those shared human issues.

OPENING ACTIVITY

Burden Buckaroo (activity)

Choose four volunteers to come to the front of the assembly. One volunteer from each pair is the buckaroo (bucking bronco) and must stand with their arms stretched out in a T shape. Tell them that the aim of the game is to carry as much as they can in one minute. Their partner can help them by placing objects on them. Set a timer for one minute and let the partners pile on as many objects as they can. Once the time is up, count the number of objects held and deduct a point for every dropped object.

Ask the broncos how they would feel if they had to walk down the corridor carrying all the objects. Make the point that carrying heavy burdens can stop us from moving fast. In today’s assembly you are going to think about a different kind of burden that stops people from living freely.

Award a small prize for the winning pair and let them return to their seats.


FILM CLIP

Play the clip from The Lion King (Disney, 2019, cert PG)

  • Start time: 00:35:38
  • End time: 00:44:22
  • Clip length: 8 minutes and 44 seconds (or start at 00:37:32 for a shorter clip)

Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) leads Simba (J.D. McCrary) into a trap by leaving him alone in a gorge and telling him to stay and practise roaring, in order to please his father, the king. Scar then alerts the hyenas to scare a herd of buffalos. As the buffalos stampede through the gorge, Simba clambers up a tree and clings on for his life. Scar then tells Simba’s father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones), that Simba is in danger and he comes to his rescue. However, in saving Simba’s life, Mufasa falls into the herd of buffalo. His only means of escape is to climb a rocky cliff. On reaching the top he encounters Scar who pushes him back down to his death. Once the herd has passed Simba finds his father’s body, and Scar tells him he is to blame for his death, a son who causes his father’s death, a boy who killed a king. The clip ends with Simba asking what to do.


TALK

Scripted Talk

Download The Lion King PowerPoint for use with this talk.

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Has anyone here ever done anything that they are ashamed of? Is anyone brave enough to tell us what they did?
    • Today we are going to think about the idea of feeling ashamed, and about what it might feel like to have that shame taken away. First of all, it’s probably important to understand what we mean by the word ‘shame’.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • The dictionary defines ‘shame’ as ‘a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour’.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • In other words, it’s that sinking feeling you get when you know you’ve messed up, and it can be made worse if you know that other people are going to find out about what you’ve done. When we do something bad, we can sometimes feel that we are bad. We worry that we can’t put right what we’ve done wrong, and sometimes we can begin to believe that we will always be bad people.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • We’re going to watch part of The Lion King. Lots of you will be very familiar with this story. Simba is a lion cub who knows that one day he will be the king of everything the light touches. His uncle, Scar, hates Simba’s father, Mufasa, and wants him dead. Scar has persuaded Simba to come to the gorge to practise his roar. However, this is a trap. Let’s watch the clip and find out what happens.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Watch the film clip. Did you notice the last thing Simba said? What should he do? Simba knows that his father has died rescuing him.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • If he hadn’t been in the gorge, Mufasa would still be alive. He feels sad because his father has died, but he also feels ashamed because he believes that he is responsible for causing his death.
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • Scar, who wants to be king and has pushed Mufasa to his death, makes him feel even more ashamed by telling him he is to blame.
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • Simba doesn’t know what to do, so in the film, he ends up running away, but still carries the shame of what he believes he has done.
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • Shame is a powerful emotion, and we live in a world where other people can easily make us feel ashamed. Perhaps you can think of a time when you’ve seen people shaming others in your family or at school. Perhaps you can think of examples of how people have shamed others online. Perhaps you have even felt shamed by other people for how you look, what you’ve said, or what you’ve done.
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • Simba needed to hear that he shouldn’t feel ashamed. What happened to his father was not his fault. Sometimes we need to be reminded not to feel ashamed, and not to believe that we are not good people.
    • Sometimes, though, the reason we feel bad is because we feel guilty. Feeling guilty is when we’ve done something that we shouldn’t have, and we feel bad as a result.
  • [PowerPoint slide 11]
    • The Bible has a lot to say about guilt and shame, and at the heart of what Christians believe is the idea that when Jesus died, it was so that our guilt and shame could be taken away.
  • [PowerPoint slide 12]
    • In the film clip, Mufasa died to save Simba’s life. He loved Simba because he was his son, and he was willing to give up his life so that Simba would be rescued.
    • Christians believe that Jesus died to save the lives of every human being because God loves them like a father loves a child. When Jesus died on the cross, he made it possible for people to be forgiven so that they no longer carry the feeling of guilt and shame.
  • [PowerPoint slide 13]
    • The good news in the Bible is that Jesus was willing to die for anyone who trusts him. Here are some words that a follower of Jesus called Paul wrote about that:
    • ‘Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:6-8 (The Message)’
  • [PowerPoint slide 14]
    • We can understand that Mufasa would die for Simba because he is his son, but perhaps we find it harder to understand that God would die for you or me, but that’s exactly what these verses from the Bible say.
    • ‘But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.’
  • [PowerPoint slide 15]
    • The good news is that people don’t have to wonder about what to do about guilt and shame. They can let Jesus take care of it.

Headings and Bullets

Download The Lion King PowerPoint for use with this talk.

  • [PowerPoint slide 1]
    • Have you ever done anything that you are ashamed of?
    • Is anyone brave enough to tell us what they did?
    • Today we are going to think about the idea of feeling ashamed, and about what it might feel like to have that shame taken away.
  • [PowerPoint slide 2]
    • Shame: the dictionary defines ‘shame’ as ‘a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour’.
  • [PowerPoint slide 3]
    • Shame: that sinking feeling you get when you know you’ve messed up.
    • It can be made worse if you know that other people are going to find out about what you’ve done.
    • When we do something bad, we can sometimes feel that we are bad.
    • Sometimes we can begin to believe that we will always be bad people.
  • [PowerPoint slide 4]
    • Introduce The Lion King: Simba is a lion cub who knows that one day he will be the king of everything the light touches.
    • His uncle, Scar, hates Simba’s father, Mufasa, and wants him dead.
    • Scar has persuaded Simba to come to the gorge to practise his roar.
    • However, this is a trap.
  • [PowerPoint slide 5]
    • Watch the film clip and Simba’s response:
    • What should I do?
    • Simba knows that his father has died rescuing him.
  • [PowerPoint slide 6]
    • Simba’s regret – if he hadn’t been in the gorge, Mufasa would still be alive.
    • He feels sad because his father has died.
    • He also feels ashamed because he believes that he is responsible for causing his death.
  • [PowerPoint slide 7]
    • Scar’s deceit – Scar wants to be king and has pushed Mufasa to his death.
    • He makes Simba feel even more ashamed by telling him he is to blame.
  • [PowerPoint slide 8]
    • Simba’s decision – Simba doesn’t know what to do.
    • He ends up running away.
    • But he still carries the shame of what he believes he has done.
  • [PowerPoint slide 9]
    • Shame is a powerful emotion.
    • We live in a world where other people can easily make us feel ashamed.
    • Perhaps you can think of a time when you’ve seen people shaming others in your family or at school.
    • Perhaps you can think of examples of how people have shamed others online.
    • Perhaps you have even felt shamed by other people for how you look, what you’ve said, or what you’ve done.
  • [PowerPoint slide 10]
    • Simba needed to hear that he shouldn’t feel ashamed.
    • What happened to his father was not his fault.
    • Sometimes we need to be reminded not to feel ashamed, and not to believe that we are not good people.
    • Sometimes the reason we feel bad is because we feel guilty.
    • Feeling guilty is when we’ve done something that we shouldn’t have, and we feel bad as a result.
  • [PowerPoint slide 11]
    • Introduce the Bible passage. The Bible has a lot to say about guilt and shame.
    • At the heart of what Christians believe is the idea that when Jesus died, it was so that our guilt and shame could be taken away.
  • [PowerPoint slide 12]
    • A Father’s love. In the film clip, Mufasa died to save Simba’s life.
    • He loved Simba because he was his son, and he was willing to give up his life so that Simba would be rescued.
    • Christians believe that Jesus died to save the lives of every human being because God loves them like a father loves a child.
    • When Jesus died on the cross, he made it possible for people to be forgiven so that they no longer carry the feeling of guilt and shame.
  • [PowerPoint slide 13]
    • Romans 5:6-8. The good news in the Bible is that Jesus was willing to die for anyone who trusts him.
  • [PowerPoint slide 14]
    • Why would God die for you or me?
    • We can understand that Mufasa would die for Simba because he is his son.
    • Harder to understand that God would die for you or me.
    • But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
  • [PowerPoint slide 15]
    • Jesus takes away people’s guilt and shame.
    • The good news is that people don’t have to wonder about what to do about guilt and shame.
    • They can let Jesus take care of it.

Photo copyright for The Lion King Powerpoint: Slide 1 Walt Disney Pictures / Slide 2, 3, 9 (girl), 11 and 14 (cross) iStockphoto.com / Slide 4 Walt Disney Pictures / Slide 5 Walt Disney Pictures / Slide 6 Walt Disney Pictures / Slide 7 Walt Disney Pictures / Slide 8 Walt Disney Pictures / Slide 9 Pixabay.com (man) / Slide 10 Walt Disney Pictures / Slide 11 Pixabay.com (Bible) / Slide 12 Pixabay.com / Slide 13 Lumoproject.com (image 12) / Slide 14 Lumoproject.com (image 3) / Slide 15 Lumoproject.com (image 7) / Slide 16 Pixabay.com


RESPOND

Prayer

Father God. Thank you that you love me. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you that I do not need to feel ashamed or guilty because you died for me. Amen.

Reflection

  • [PowerPoint slide 16]
    • Imagine you are carrying a heavy bag full of shame and embarrassment about all the things you’ve done and said that you wish you hadn’t. Imagine stopping and putting the bag down on the ground and walking away, leaving the shame and embarrassment behind.

YOU WILL NEED:

  1. A copy of The Lion King (Disney, 2019, cert PG). Click here to buy the DVD online.
  2. The Lion King PowerPoint.
  3. A small prize, a stopwatch and two sets of objects for Burden Buckaroo Opening Activity (gym equipment, bags, boxes hula hoops, footballs, hats etc.)

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