Finding Joy

Join Tabz (David Taberner), Hettie and Emily as they bring us another assembly / collective worship in the Easter series on the theme of finding joy. Safe Space is a project of Southport & Area Schools Worker Trust, creating a safe space to explore the big issues of life and faith in local schools.
Find the song ‘This is Living’, as mentioned in the video, here:

Learning Objectives and Curricular Links:

  • To widen understanding of the Christian Easter Celebration and its origins.
  • To implement widened understanding through practising filling our minds and hearts with positive thoughts.
  • To see an impact in the way we handle tough situations and negative moments.

Session plan:

Intro: Tabz welcomes Hettie and Emily who introduce the assembly.

Game: ‘Rock, paper, scissors’ | Children play rock, paper, scissors against Hettie.

Story: ‘No more crying’ from Bob Hartman’s Rhyming Bible, based upon the resurrection of Jesus from John 20:1-18.

Illustration: Cracking an empty egg. How would it have felt to have unexpectedly seen an empty tomb and seen that Jesus was alive?

Thought: Reflections on celebrating and focussing on positive thoughts.

Challenge: Think about what brings you joy and try to focus on that when life gets tough.

SMSC Impact:

ONE. SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

This session reflects upon the Christian celebration of Easter and how Christians find great joy in the resurrection of Jesus.

TWO. MORAL DEVELOPMENT

Pupils are encouraged to consider the thoughts that they have and how to focus our minds on the positive things in life and find joy.

THREE. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The children are invited to reflect personally and discuss with others how they handle tough situations and how they can live a life of joy and celebration.

FOUR. CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Our country, although historically a Christian nation, is now home to many people of differing cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. In these sessions, pupils have the opportunity to celebrate and reflect respectfully on our similarities, differences and the role faith plays in the lives of people around the world.

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