by Gordon and Ronni Lamont
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To consider the idea of community and how important this is for us.
Preparation and materials
- You will need a mobile phone.
- Hold up your mobile and ask how many people have at least one mobile in their family (don't ask how many people have one of their own as this is likely to lead to some children feeling left out and others playing one-upmanship!).
- Ask what kind of things a mobile phone is useful for and elicit responses such as: chatting, texting, emergencies, keeping in touch and so on.
- Ask the children to listen to the following poem:
Andrew Malone liked to live alone
He liked to keep his door closed
If anyone called he was not at home
Or so everyone supposed.
For if you phoned Mr Andrew Malone
His telephone would ring and ring
He never answered, never came to the phone
So people gave up calling him.
But Mr Malone had a great desire
For gadgets and technical toys
He wanted the best, with specs ever higher
Buttons, screens and lights were his joys.
So he had to have a mobile phone
With each model his collection grew
But there was one little problem for Mr Malone
He'd spent so long being alone
And ignoring the ringing of the phone
That now there was no one to talk to.
- Talk about the fact that although mobile phones get better and better and fancier and fancier every year, they're no use at all if you don't communicate with other people. Point out that we are sociable creatures and that we work best when we communicate with other people, when we work with others and have fun with others.
- Point out that phone calls, mobile or land line, cost money. How can you make the very best use of this fantastic communication tool? How can you work with other people today and communicate better with them?
Time for reflection
I don't want to be like Andrew Malone,
never talking to people and never at home.
And if I see someone who is alone
I want to offer them friendship - I might even phone!
Thank you that you made us to care for each other
and to communicate with one another.
Help me to be a good friend today.
'Shalom' (Come and Praise, 141)