'Hello, Scruff!' God's promise – a story for Advent
Reminds children that Christians believe God always keeps his promises.
by The Revd Sylvia Burgoyne
Suitable for Reception / Key Stage 1 - Church Schools
To remind children that Christians believeGod always keeps his promises.
Preparation and materials
- You will need a glove puppet or sock puppet of a donkey, called Scruff.
- As the assembly begins, ensure that you already have Scruff the puppet on your hand.
- Scruff waves to the children. Encourage them to say, ‘Hello, Scruff!’
If this is the first time the children have met Scruff, you will need to use the following introduction.
Scruff lives on a farm with Lucy Jane, her mum, Mrs B, and her dad, Farmer Brown. Lucy Jane loves Scruff. She looks after him. She plays with him and she talks to him – when she’s happy and when she’s sad. Scruff is her best friend!
- One morning, Lucy Jane ran across the farmyard and into the stable. ‘Guess what, Scruff. Mum says I am going to have a new baby brother or sister soon.’
It wasn’t soon enough for Lucy Jane, but she told Scruff there were lots of things to get ready for when the baby did arrive.
‘Today, I’m helping Dad to paint the baby’s bedroom.’
Ask the children, ‘Can you guess the colour of the walls?’
- ‘We’re off to town this afternoon to buy a new buggy/stroller (use the local word). What colour shall I choose?’
Ask the children, ‘What colour would you choose?’
‘Mum says they are going to bring down my cot from the loft and I can help her to make new covers for it.’
It wasn’t easy for Lucy Jane to wait. ‘Do you think the baby will come today Scruff?’
Scruff shakes his head to answer, ‘No’. Then, take Scruff off.
- Do you like waiting – for your birthday party, Christmas morning, a picnic . . . ?
Ask the children for suggestions.
- God promised his people that he would send them a king. He asked them to get ready for when the king came – to think about the wrong things they had said and done and say, ‘Sorry’. To keep remembering that God loved them no matter how bad they were sometimes.
They waited . . . and waited . . . for more than 500 years. Would their new king ever come? Had God forgotten his promise?
No! God never forgets a promise, but he was waiting for the right time to send the new king. When the time was right, the new king came!
Time for reflection
Babies take a long time to grow in their mummies’ tummies.We have to wait patiently for the right time for them to be born.
What special event are we waiting for at the moment?
There may be all sorts of answers, as well as Christmas.
Let’s try to be patient while we wait for good things to come!
'Can you be sure that the rain will fall?' (Come and Praise, 31)