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Persevering

To realize the importance of persevering with a worthwhile task.

by Jenny Tuxford

Suitable for Key Stage 2

Aims

To realize the importance of persevering with a worthwhile task.

Preparation and materials

  • Read the miracle of the great catch of fishes in Luke 5.1–11.

  • The poem may be split into sections and spoken by individuals or by groups of children. They might like to enact it in costume.
  • Discuss times with the children when they have persevered with a task. How did it make them feel?

Assembly

‘The Great Catch’

Jesus stepped on board a boat,
It pushed off from the shore,
He chatted to the people
As he’d often done before.

And while he told his stories,
He saw two boats nearby.
The fishermen were chatting
As they put their nets to dry.

They’d been out fishing all the night,
But no fish had they caught.
They were feeling worried,
There were no fish, they thought.

So Jesus said to Simon,
‘You haven’t finished yet.
Row the boat out further
And then let down your net.’

‘But Jesus,’ Simon spluttered,
‘There really are no fish.
But I will cast my net out,
If that is what you wish.’

Simon threw his net out
In the middle of the lake.
He caught so very many fish
His net began to break.

He called his friends to help him,
They’d been watching from the bank.
And when they’d hauled their nets in
They very nearly sank!

They were very, very grateful
And began to thank him, then
He said, ‘It’s been a pleasure,
Now come, fish for children, women and men.’

They left their boats to follow
And others, when they heard
Became his twelve disciples
Who helped to spread God’s word.

Examples of when we have persevered

Swimming

The thing that I found really grim
Is when I tried to learn to swim.
My feet came up, my head went down,
I don’t know how I didn’t drown.
I didn’t crawl so much as sprawl.
And as for the water – I drank it all!
But I tried hard – I did my best.
And now, hurrah! – I’ve passed my test!

Learning to ride my bike

We all have things that we dislike,
Mine was learning to ride my bike.
Feet on the pedals – off I go,
Not too fast and not too slow.
Concentrate, try not to fall,
Crash into the garden wall!
My granny says, ‘You’re doing fine!’
Now she’s passed her test and I’ve passed mine!

Persevering

Ambitions are fine,
It’s good to aim high,
If things are worth having
We all have to try.

So you must keep on going,
Try not to give in.
If your goal is the prize
It’s important to win.

It’s too easy to feel
That life is unjust.
If you need reassurance
Ask someone you trust.

Give it your best shot
And if it fails, then
Pick yourself up
And try it again.

Here’s something I’ve found
And I’m sure you’ll agree,
The harder you practise
The better you’ll be!

Time for reflection

Prayer

Dear Father,

Please strengthen my faith in you.

Help me to believe in me

and see that if I persevere

how happy I will be.

Amen.

Song/music

‘Jesus, good above all other’ (Come and Praise, 23)

Publication date: July 2009   (Vol.11 No.7)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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