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Signs of Spring

An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To reflect on the signs of spring being a message of hope.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need the following images and the means to display them during the assembly:

    - snowdrops emerging from the ground, such as at: http://tinyurl.com/ouczwv6

    - spring flowers, such as at: http://tinyurl.com/oc8dvr6

  • You will also need a piece of dead wood and a bulb.
  • Choose some reflective music and have the means to play it at the beginning and end of the assembly.

Assembly

  1. Display the image of the snowdrops emerging from the ground and play the chosen reflective music as the children enter.
  2. Look carefully at the photo for the next 30 seconds.

    Let the music continue to play during this time.
  3. I'd like you now to think about the following questions.

    - What can you see in the photo?
    - What time of year does the photo show?
  4. Often, when photographers take photos or artists paint pictures, they give their work a title. Can you think of a title for the picture of the snowdrops?

    Listen to a range of responses.
  5. I think a good title for the photo would be ‘Hope’.
  6. Show the children the piece of dead wood.

    In winter, the ground can look dead and dark, like this piece of wood. The snow comes and the ground becomes hard and cold. Then, suddenly, up pops a beautiful flower - the snowdrop! It helps us to realize that no matter how dark and bad things become, there is still hope in the darkness.
  7. Repeat the above steps with the photo of the spring flowers. Again, suggest that the coming of spring brings new hope and new life.

    Then show the children the bulb.

    Both the dead wood and the bulb look unattractive, but out of them comes something beautiful.
  8. Sometimes our lives can feel hard. We can feel sad and things can sometimes go wrong, but there is always hope for the future.

Time for reflection

Display either or both photos.

Let's focus on the hope these flowers offer as I read the following prayer.

Prayer
Dear God,
Thank you for the signs of spring that bring us hope the dark days of winter are nearly over.
Help us to feel glad that we are alive.
Help us to wake each morning and feel the hope that each day brings.
Amen.

SongsMusic

Follow-up ideas

  1. Have the children create a display of their own photos that illustrate the theme of hope.
Publication date: February 2019   (Vol.21 No.2)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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