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To help children think about trust and who they depend on to help them in difficult times.

by The Revd Sophie Jelley

Suitable for Key Stage 2


To help children think about trust and who they depend on to help them in difficult times.

Preparation and materials

  • Ask a teacher of slight build to take part and check that they are happy to be caught in the trust experiment.
  • Note: This assembly can be used to reiterate the school’s policies on stranger danger, and who children can talk to when they are distressed.


  1. Today we are thinking about trust. This may be a tricky word to understand. Explain how important it is for the staff to trust the head, for the children to trust the teacher, etc. Trust is very important in life and we all need to be able to trust people.

    Ask for examples of trust from the children’s own experience, such as lending things to friends and trusting them to return them, or trusting that your friends will do what they say they will (such as meeting you at a certain place at a certain time).
  2. Say that you are going to do an experiment to try to demonstrate what trust really means. Ask the teacher to come to the front and ask how much she/he trusts you. Then ask the teacher to fall back into your arms, trusting you to catch them and make sure they do not fall.

    If appropriate, you could repeat this demonstration with a few children (one at a time!). Ask their teachers to select them, as they need to be sensible for the experiment to work. Also remember to issue a safety warning – they should not try this in the playground. We also suggest using a PE mat.
  3. Suggest that Christians think about trusting God in this way. God doesn’t catch us in his arms when we fall but Christians believe that God protects and cares for people and can be trusted at all times. Read a bit of Psalm 46 (e.g. verses 1–3). This is a big picture of God and makes big promises about what he can do. It doesn’t mean that Christians believe that bad things will never happen to them, but that the whole of God’s creation is good and he can give us strength and help, if we ask him, when we find life difficult.
  4. When we face things that are difficult, like moving on to a new school or new class, or moving house, or perhaps someone we love is ill, we can feel a bit unsure. At these times we can think about the people we trust and turn to them for help. In addition, Christians believe that we can trust God and turn to him for help.

Time for reflection


Take a quiet moment. Is there anything in your life that you are not sure about or perhaps a little bit worried about? Who do you trust to help you?



Dear God,

Thank you that we can always trust you.

We know that you won’t ever let us down

or leave us on our own.

You are always there for us.



‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’ (Come and Praise, 19)

Publication date: July 2008   (Vol.10 No.7)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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