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We Are All Important!

All different; all special

by Laura Ward

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To consider that we are all important, no matter what our talents are.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need a tennis ball, a whiteboard and pen or some paper attached to a clipboard and a pen, and a small beanbag.

Assembly

  1. Invite three volunteers to come to the front.

    Explain that you are going to give each person a challenge to complete.

  2. Tell the first volunteer that you would like them to catch a ball. Ask them if they are feeling confident!

    Stand a good distance away from them, and throw the ball to the volunteer so that they can catch it easily.

  3. Show the whiteboard and pen, or clipboard with paper and pen.

    Tell the second volunteer that you would like them
    to draw a picture of a house, with four windows, a door and a chimney on the roof.

    When they have finished, show the other children and comment on how good the picture is.

  4. Show the small beanbag.

    Tell the third volunteer that you would like them to walk with a beanbag balanced on their head.

    When the volunteer has finished, congratulate all three of them, but warn them not to return to their places just yet. They will need to try out their challenges again in a minute.

  5. Remind the children that our bodies are amazing things: we have eyes to see, ears to hear, mouths to taste and noses to smell. Our hands can catch balls, draw and help us to balance. Our feet keep us walking in the right direction. Inside our bodies, our organs are working hard to keep us alive.

  6. Explain that you are going to make the challenges more difficult.

    Ask the first volunteer to catch the ball again, but this time, with one hand behind their back. They should find this a bit more difficult!

  7. Next, ask the second volunteer to draw another house, but this time, with the whiteboard or paper on top of their heads so that they can’t see what they are drawing.

  8. Finally, ask the third volunteer to move with a beanbag balanced on their head again, but this time, they are only allowed to stand on one leg. Hopping certainly makes it more difficult to carry out the task!

  9. Congratulate the volunteers and ask them to return to their places.

  10. Express again that our bodies are amazing. Every part of our bodies has a special function and we need the parts of our bodies to work together.

Time for reflection

Explain to the children that a passage in the Bible describes people as part of one body.

Read 1 Corinthians 12.14-20.

And so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

Explain that this passage is saying that all of us are different, but we all have an important part to play in the situations in which we find ourselves. School would not be the same without us. Our homes would not be the same without us. We are all different, but we all make a difference and are important in our own ways.

Ask the children to think about something that they are good at.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Ask the children to think about something that makes them special.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Ask the children to think about how they could help someone else in their class today.

Pause to allow time for thought.

Prayer
Dear God,
It is wonderful to know that we are all different, but all important to you.
Thank you that we are all loved by you.
Thank you that we are all different.
Please show us how we can use what we have to help others in our family, school and community.
Please show us how to help other people feel good about who they are and the gifts that they have.
Amen.

Song/music

‘If I were a butterfly’ by Brian Howard, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6WeVBHtL9o (2.29 minutes long)

‘We’re all in this together’ from the film High School Musical, available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbrbUfYSt0E (4.42 minutes long)

Publication date: January 2020   (Vol.22 No.1)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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