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Pause for Thought: Always Hope

Things will get better

by Rachael Crisp (video recording by Rebecca Parkinson)

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To reflect upon how we can have hope even when we are feeling sad.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need to have the means available to play the videos below. The first one is 1.38 minutes long and the second one, ‘Annie (1982) - Tomorrow’, which is also available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yop62wQH498, is 1.10 minutes long.

Assembly

In the song below, Annie is hopeful that things will get better and sings, ‘The sun will come out / Tomorrow.’ Maybe you could make up some actions or even a dance to fit in with the music.

Time for reflection

You may wish to close with the following prayer.

Prayer
Dear God,
When things go wrong, help us to keep hoping.
When we are sad, help us to remember that happiness will come.
When we are lonely, help us to remember that people care for us.
When we are worried, help us to trust that you will never leave us.
Please help us to live in hope.
Amen.

Song/music

Replay the song ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical Annie in the video above.

Extension activities

  1. You may wish to make up some actions or a dance to the song above.
  2. During this time of lockdown, many people have placed rainbows in their windows. The rainbow is a sign of hope, and by putting a rainbow in their window, people hope to make others smile and to cheer them up when they spot it. Maybe you could make a rainbow for your window. You could draw one, decorate one of the printable templates at: https://tinyurl.com/y9mckc6f or make one out of clay, Post-It notes, buttons or any other craft materials.
Publication date: May 2020   (Vol.22 No.5)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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