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Different gifts

To appreciate different people’s contribution to the community.

by Ronni Lamont

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To appreciate different people’s contribution to the community.

Preparation and materials

  • None required.

Assembly

  1. Explain that in the early days of the church, about 2,000 years ago, there were lots of problems, and a big one for the church in a place called Corinth (which is now in Greece) was getting the people to work together. Different people had different ideas and they wouldn’t listen and learn from one another.
  2. Corinth was a port, and like all ports was a mixed town. Lots of sailors, and pubs where the sailors would go to drink, and many people waiting to make money from the sailors. The Christians in Corinth were a mixture of people, who lived in Corinth to keep the port operating: slaves, who did all the work, and the people who told the slaves what work to do.

    So when these people all met at church and were told that God regarded them all as equally valuable, they had problems! Paul, one the leaders of the early church, wrote to them, using the idea that the church is like one body – as we will be hearing.
  3. Say that when the children hear the name of a part of the body, they should point to it, likewise the senses (e.g. hearing – point to ear, smell – point to nose).

    Settle the children so they are relaxed and listening, then read slowly this adaptation of 1 Corinthians 12:

    Just as the human body is one and has many parts – they’re different but all part of the same body – so it is with us.

    For in God we are all one body – no matter who we are, what we look like.

    A body does not have just one part but many.

    If the foot said, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body.

    And if the ear said, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body.

    If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?

    If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

    If all were a single part, where would the body be?

    So there are many parts, yet one body.

    The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you,’ nor can the head say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.’

    God has so arranged the body that there may be no arguments, but the parts all care for one another.

    If one part suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is praised, all are happy together.

    God has given us each all kinds of gifts, so use your gifts to help each other, and so grow closer together.
  4. Pause at the end, and let the children just reflect on what they’ve just heard and done.

Time for reflection

Reflection

Which part of the body are you like?

Are you a foot, carrying people along with you?

Or maybe a hand, helping people and pointing the way?

Are you more like the ears, listening carefully to friends when they need to talk about their lives?

Or are you like a mouth, smiling and happy?

Together, we make up the heart of the school; beating and living within us all.

 

Prayer

Dear God,

Thank you that together, we make up the heart of the school;

beating and living within us all.

Amen.

Song/music

‘It’s a new day’ (Come and Praise, 106)

Publication date: April 2007   (Vol.9 No.4)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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