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Pause for Thought: Special Jobs

Everyone has a special job to do

by Maggie Barfield (video recording by Vita)

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To consider that all of us have a special job to do, wherever we find ourselves.

Preparation and materials


Ask the children about people who have special jobs to do. They could come up with a list of anyone, but you may like to encourage them to think about people who have had special roles to play during the current pandemic.

Time for reflection

In the video, God spoke to Moses and said that he had a special job for him to do.

Each of us has a special job to do today. This might involve being kind or helpful, making someone smile or encouraging someone. Alternatively, it might involve doing our chores around the house or getting on with schoolwork without complaining!

The important thing is not what job we have to do, but the attitude with which we do it.

You may wish to use the following prayer.

Dear God,
Please help us today to try to do everything without complaining and moaning.
Please help us to look for ways in which we can help others.
Please help us to look for ways in which we can make other people happy.
Please help us to have a good attitude.
Thank you for all the people who work hard to help us.


‘When I needed a neighbour’, available at: (1.49 minutes long)

Extension activities

  1. You may like to say thank you to people who are doing special jobs as key workers at the moment. There are several craft ideas available at:
  2. To get some ideas for how to help around the house, see
    You may like to select some special jobs for yourself from this list - why not see how many you can complete during the week?
Publication date: June 2020   (Vol.22 No.6)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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