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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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First Man

Assembly Objective:

  • How does it feel to be the first person to accomplish something? And what difference did it make that Jesus was crucified? The Christian festival of Easter celebrates an event that Christians believe is the turning point of history. This assembly invites students to consider the significance of Easter by examining the events of the evening prior to the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Film:

  • First Man (Universal, 2019, cert 12). Click here to buy the DVD online.

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Superbook: Exploring resilience through the Easter story

This assembly material offers ways to explore building resilience, through considering three parts of the Easter story:

  • Being resilient when the task seems too much for us (Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane).
  • Being resilient when others let us down (the betrayal of Jesus by Judas).
  • Being resilient when all seems lost (the arrest of Jesus).

For each of these three parts we offer a video scene-setter from Superbook, plus active reflections to explore resilience in relation to that scene.  So there is enough material here for a series of three short assemblies in the build up to Easter, or one longer special assembly. This assembly material can lead-in to lessons (freely provided on SuperbookSchools.org), which are geared for KS1 and KS2, but can also be used stand-alone, adapted as appropriate for the age of the pupils.

Assembly Objective:

  • Through this assembly pupils will:
    • Be introduced to the biblical story of the betrayal and arrest of Jesus.
    • Think about how we build resilience as we face challenges in our lives.
    • Be introduced to Superbook (the adventures of Chris, Joy and Gizmo as they go back in time to the Bible era).
    • Leave the assembly wanting to find out more about the death and resurrection of Jesus and its connection to the big story of the Bible.

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