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Shine the Light

Considers light in relation to Halloween

by Rachael Crisp

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To reflect upon the importance of light in relation to the festival of Halloween.

Preparation and materials

  • You may wish to have available several objects that give out light, such as a torch, candle, lamp or glow stick.

  • Optional: you may wish to light a candle for the Time for reflection’ part of the assembly, in which case you will also need the means to do so.

Assembly

  1. Ask for several volunteers who think that they will be able to make other children laugh or smile without touching them. This could be by telling a funny joke (censor it first!), pulling a funny face and so on.

    Ask the children to come to the front to demonstrate.

    Explain that it feels good to laugh and smile. And the person who makes us laugh and smile is a special person.

  2. Show the examples of objects that give out light.

    Ask the children if they can think of other examples of things that give out light.

    Ask the children if they can tell you what the purpose of light is. What would happen if the light didn’t do its job? Light can show us the way ahead.

  3. Point out that sometimes, when we make people laugh and feel happy, it is as if we are bringing light into their lives.

  4. Explain that in the Bible, it says ‘Jesus is the light of the world’. Christians believe that they should be like Jesus and be lights in the world, so when it is dark, they should light up the area. We can do this by treating everyone we come across with the same love, compassion and care that Jesus showed.

  5. Ask the children for examples of how they could be lights. If the children are struggling to think of responses, give some examples of acts of kindness that you have seen in school. For example, helping someone who was sad, giving someone a hug and spotting people who were on their own and including them in a game.

  6. Point out that at this time of year, some people celebrate the festival of Halloween. Although many people enjoy it, some people find it frightening or worrying. Many Christians like to do something different at Halloween. Many will have ‘light parties’. At these parties, they remember that people don’t need to be scared and afraid. They wear bright clothes and play fun games.

Time for reflection

Some people love Halloween, but others don’t like the scary masks and props that are sold in the shops. Some Christians believe that they should celebrate all that is good in the world. They see Halloween as a great opportunity to remember the importance of shining like lights. A time to show love, peace, kindness and compassion.

Optional: light a candle as you say the following words. As we light this candle, let’s think about what we have heard and how we can respond.

If you want to, you could join in with this prayer.

Prayer
Dear God,
We pray for people in this world who might be scared.
We pray that they have peace.
Please help us to show love and kindness to all people.
Help us to be shining lights for all to see.
Thank you.
Amen.

Publication date: October 2017   (Vol.19 No.10)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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