All Saintsí Day (1 November)
An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To consider All Saints’ Day on 1 November.
Preparation and materials
Have available a collection of images of animals and the means to display them during the assembly. These could be pictures in books, or you could choose from a wide selection available at: http://tinyurl.com/jses3vo. Alternatively, the children could make animal masks and parade in them as part of the assembly.
Optional: you may wish to use a reader for the Bible passage Matthew 5.1-12 (the Sermon on the Mount).
Show the children an image of an animal.
Ask the children to identify the animal and share any physical or behavioural information about it. Repeat this with each image.
Ask the children to describe the differences between the animals and their characters. Do they have weaknesses? Do they have strengths? What can they do and what can’t they do when compared to one another?
Ask the children which animal is their favourite and why.
Point out that, just as each animal is different, so each person is different.
Ask the children to describe what one of their friends or family members is good at. Ask the children to think about what they are good at themselves, for example, reading, football, sharing or being kind.
Explain that each person has things that they are good at and also things that they find difficult. Each person is unique – there is no one quite like each of us in the whole world.
Christians believe that it is important to celebrate the uniqueness and importance of each person. They believe that God created people and that they are made for a reason. All Saints’ Day is celebrated on 1 November every year. It is a time when Christians remember and celebrate not only famous saints (you may wish to use specific examples, especially if you are in a church school that is named after a saint), but all people who have lived a special life for God.
Optional: read the Bible passage Matthew 5.1-12. Explain that Jesus taught a very important lesson in this passage. He pointed out that people don’t need to be showy or special to be important. Instead, they need to be aware of those around them and care for them.
Time for reflection
Thank you for all the animals in the world - small and large.
Thank you for our pets whom we can love and who make us feel safe and happy.
Thank you for wild animals, strong animals, beautiful animals and tiny animals.
Thank you that the world is full of variety.
Help us to remember that we, like them, are all unique.
Help us to use our talents to help your world and the people in it.
‘Cross over the road’ (Come and Praise, 70)