Ethos Education


Downton Abbey: A New Era

Assembly Objective:

How many of us change our speech, look or behaviour when we’re with other people? Who will tell us how to be ourselves when we forget who we are, and how does God view us? This assembly examines the idea that a true friend will speak the truth to us, and that God judges us by our hearts, not how we look or speak. Through an Old Testament story, and a proverb, students will consider Christian teaching on identity and friendship, and be challenged to be honest friends to one another. Continue reading


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Spider-Man: No Way Home

Assembly Objective:

If given the chance to start again, would we choose to wipe away our past? Are our relationships contingent on life going smoothly, or can we trust that our friendships and family relationships will stand our mistakes? This assembly invites students to consider how they respond to life’s uncertainties and their own mistakes. Through the words of a psalm about God’s love and forgiveness, students will reflect on Christian teaching on fresh beginnings, and on the importance of forgiveness in relationships. Continue reading


Respect

Assembly Objective:

  • Who do we turn to when we hit rock bottom? In our darkest moments, can faith in God provide help and a way out of trouble? This assembly invites students to consider the words of psalm 40 that speak of God as a rescuer. Students will reflect on the place of confession and forgiveness in dealing with problems, in this case alcoholism. Continue reading


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Cruella

Assembly Objective:

When someone hurts us, how do we choose to respond? And if we choose revenge, do we end up hurting ourselves?  This assembly invites students to consider their responses when someone offends or hurts them. Through Jesus’ teaching on revenge, students will reflect on the challenge of forgiveness.

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The Tide Going Out

Assembly Objective:

  • How can we help young people talk about death? This assembly invites students to think about what the Bible teaches about life and death, reminding them that God’s love is unchanging. It aims to help engage with this timely subject with pastoral sensitivity, opening a conversation that offers hope to young people who are suffering from grief or loss.

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What Should I Do?

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.

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The Measure of a Hero

Assembly Objective:

  • How does failure help us shape our futures? This assembly considers the idea that by failing, human beings learn from their mistakes and are able to succeed. It examines how shame over past mistakes can stop people living fully, and considers the biblical teaching on forgiveness and redemption through the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector.

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Instant Family

Assembly Objective:

  • What does it feel like to be part of a family? No family is perfect, but part of the purpose of family is to teach us how to negotiate relationships in the wider world. The Bible uses the picture of a family to describe the church, and talks about how believers are adopted into God’s family. This is not a perfect family either, but it’s important for people who follow Jesus to know that they belong because God has chosen to include them.

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Trip a Little Light Fantastic

Assembly Objective:

  • What difference can an individual make to someone else’s emotional and mental wellbeing? This assembly examines the idea that human beings have an opportunity to bring hope and joy to those around us and to impact the wider community through our actions and reactions. The Bible contains many references to light and darkness, and Jesus is described as the Light of the World.

Film:

  • Mary Poppins Returns (Disney, 2019, certificate U). Click here to buy the DVD online.

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