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The Life of Corrie Ten Boom

Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017

Suitable for Key Stage 1

Aims

To consider the life of Corrie ten Boom.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need the book A World of Difference by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017. The story of Corrie ten Boom can be found on pages 63-70.

  • Have available the following images and the means to display them during the assembly:

    - Corrie ten Boom, available at: https://tinyurl.com/ycjoncvm
    - the hiding place in Corrie’s house, available at: https://tinyurl.com/yayx42l9

  • You will also need some toys or other objects that will need to be hidden in the room before the start of the assembly.

Assembly

  1. Before the assembly, hide the toys or other objects around the room. Make sure that you remember where they are hidden in case the children need some clues to find them!

  2. Ask the children if any of them have a favourite game.

    Listen to a range of responses.

  3. Ask the children if they have ever played hide-and-seek. Ask them if they have ever hidden in a place that was so hidden, it took quite a while for anyone to find them.

    Listen to a range of responses.

  4. Explain that some items are hidden around the room. Ask for the correct number of volunteers to find one item each.

  5. Explain that games where people have to find something that is hidden are great fun, but today’s story is about a hiding place that was very different. It was a hiding place that saved people’s lives.

  6. Read the story of Corrie ten Boom found in the book A World of Difference, pages 63-70.

Time for reflection

Show the image of Corrie ten Boom.

In the picture, Corrie ten Boom looks like an elderly woman. No one would guess that she was so brave and saved the lives of so many people.

Show the image of the hiding place in Corrie’s house.

Corrie ten Boom and her family were very brave. They stood up for people who needed their help, even though it was a dangerous thing to do.

What about us? If we see people being picked on and treated unfairly, would we do anything to help?

Encourage the children to talk to a teacher if they see something unfair happening in school.

Prayer
Dear God,
Thank you for people like Corrie ten Boom.
Thank you for people who are brave and stand up for what is right.
Please help us to be brave enough to stand up to people who hurt others.
Please help us to remember that everyone in the world is equal, special and important.
Amen.

Further resources

Further resources can be found at:

- Corrie Ten Boom - hiding place

- Corrie Ten Boom - love and forgiveness

- Corrie Ten Boom - discussion questions

- Corrie Ten Boom - extra activities

More resources about Corrie Ten Boom are available at: https://tinyurl.com/ycdayluo

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