Do You See Me?
Do we notice what is going on around us?
by Guy Donegan-Cross (revised, originally published in 2010)
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To emphasize that God never loses sight of us (SEAL theme: Good to Be Me).
Preparation and materials
Have available a short clip from a popular children’s film and the means to show it during the assembly. You will also need to have prepared some questions about the details in the clip.
Alternatively, you could prepare a list of questions about objects or pictures on the walls that are out of the children’s sight range, or things that they might have noticed when coming into school. The aim is to carry out some activity that challenges whether they are observant.
Familiarize yourself with the story of Zacchaeus found in Luke 19.1–10. You may wish to read it from the Bible or retell it in your own words.
Have available a candle and a means of lighting it for the ‘Time for reflection’ part of the assembly.
- Show a short clip from a popular children’s film.
Ask questions that test the children’s observation.
Alternatively, if you don’t show a clip from a film, ask questions that will test how observant the children are in general, such as the following examples.
- Who was the last person to walk into the room today?
- Who had a red hat on this morning?
- Who had a blue bobble in their hair?
Ask the children what kinds of jobs require people to be particularly good at noticing things. Possible examples include detectives, journalists and artists.
Ask the following questions.
- Why is it important to notice people?
- What does it feel like not to be noticed?
Listen to a range of responses.
Read or retell the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19. Emphasize that Jesus noticed Zacchaeus when no one else did, and this made Zacchaeus feel special.
Ask the children to close their eyes. The Bible says, ‘The darkness is not dark to God. He even sees me in secret places’ (paraphrased from Psalm 139). When we are lonely, God notices us. When we are tired, God notices us. When we think we are invisible, God notices us. He never stops noticing us.
Time for reflection
Light a candle.
Repeat the words from the last point in the ‘Assembly’ above: ‘The darkness is not dark to God. He even sees me in secret places.’ When we are lonely, God notices us. When we are tired, God notices us. When we think we are invisible, God notices us. He never stops noticing us.
Pause to allow time for the children to reflect upon these words.
Thank you that you always notice us.
Please give us eyes to see people who feel lonely, and help us to notice them.
Help us to be people who always make others feel wanted and cared for.
‘God who made the earth’ (Come and Praise, 10)