It’s Good to Share!
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Suitable for Whole School (Pri) - Church Schools
To illustrate the importance of sharing.
Preparation and materials
- You will need the following images and the means to display them:
- a squirrel, at: http://tinyurl.com/3huxfae
- a squirrel hanging on a birdfeeder, at: http://tinyurl.com/h6zd5py
- a bird on the ground, at: http://tinyurl.com/jxbxmcl
- a bird and a squirrel on a birdfeeder, at: http://tinyurl.com/jxtc44h
Display the image of the squirrel.
Can you tell me what this animal is called?
Can you tell me anything you know about squirrels?
Squirrels are often seen in gardens, running across the grass and scampering up trees.
Do any of you have birdfeeders in your gardens?
Display the image of the squirrel hanging on a birdfeeder.
Squirrels are often seen hanging on birdfeeders, trying to grab as much food as they can. Sometimes they even hang upside down while they feed! Sometimes they fall off, but they soon come back again to try to get more!
Display the image of the bird on the ground.
Often birds can’t get to the birdfeeders because the squirrels are already feeding from them! The poor birds have to wait, even though they are hungry! Sometimes they fly away and perch in the trees, watching the squirrels feed. When the squirrels have finished, then the birds can have their turn to feed, even though the seed and nuts are really put there for them.
Display the image of the bird and squirrel on a birdfeeder.
What do you think is happening in this picture?
It could be that the squirrel is trying to keep the food for itself. It could be that the bird is challenging the squirrel for the food. It could be that they are sharing!
There are times in our lives when we all find it difficult to share!
Christians believe that God has given us the world and everything in it - it is a gift from God that we are all to share with each other. Christians also believe that it is good to share what we have with others. We can share our possessions, food, money, friends, talents, even our love.
Time for reflection
Let’s be quiet for a moment and think about a time when someone has shared something with us. Maybe they had some food or a new toy or maybe they simply shared their time by looking after us when we were sad or playing with us when we were in the playground.
Let’s take some time to thank God for that person. Let’s also think about ways in which we could share with others during the day ahead.
Either read yourself or ask the child you have asked to read the passage Acts 4.32-35.
This passage tells us that people shared their possessions in the time when the early Church was being established. It sets a good example for us today.
Thank you for the world we live in.
Help us to always treat each other well.
Help us to bring light to people who are sad.
Thank you for the water and food we enjoy in life.
Please help us feed those who are hungry.
Thank you for being a sharing God.
Please help us to be good at sharing, too.
'Bread for the world' (Come and Praise, 75)