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What About Love?

An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive

Suitable for Whole School (Pri) - Church Schools

Aims

To consider what is important about love and to consider the people who love us.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need a letter or card that is signed ‘Love from . . .’, a dictionary and a means to record the children’s ideas in the Assembly, Steps 4 to 5.

  • You will also need to be familiar with the story of the lost sheep in Luke 15.3-7.

Assembly

  1. Show the letter or card to the children and read out the words ‘Love from . . .’

    Ask the children if they have ever received a card with the words ‘Love from . . .’ written in it.

    Ask the children what they think the words mean.

    Listen to a range of responses.

  2. Ask the children, What does “love” mean?

    Listen to a range of responses.

  3. Ask a child to look up the definition of love in the dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as ‘a strong feeling of affection’.

  4. Ask the children to think about things that they love. You may wish to record their answers.

  5. Ask the children about people whom they love. You may wish to record their answers.

  6. Ask the children to think about people who love them. How does it feel to be loved?

  7. Point out that there are times when everyone feels alone or unloved. Maybe we have done something wrong and are in trouble, or maybe we just feel down in the dumps and it makes us feel like no one cares about us very much.

  8. Christians believe that no matter what happens to us, God always loves us. There are many stories in the Bible about God loving people. One of them is the story of the lost sheep. In this story, the shepherd loses a sheep, but cares for it so much that he looks and looks until the sheep is found again.

  9. Tell or read the story from Luke 15.3-7. Explain that the story makes the point that no matter how many of us there are in our school, our family or the world, each one of us matters to God. Remembering this can help us never to feel alone and always to feel special.

Time for reflection

Let’s think about the people who care for us and show us love.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Let’s think about the people whom we love. How can we show love to them?

Pause to allow time for thought.

Prayer
Dear God,
Thank you for the people who love and care for me.
Please help me to show them that I am grateful and a happier person because of it.
Being loved makes me feel safe and happy. I feel warm inside and special.
Help me to love others so that they may feel that way, too.
Help those people who feel lonely and sad.
May they remember that they are loved by you and are never alone because you are always there.
Thank you for loving me.
Amen.

Song/music

‘Love will never come to an end’ (Come and Praise, 99)

Publication date: August 2017   (Vol.19 No.8)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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