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Back to Our Senses 5: Taste

To reflect on the importance of our sense of taste

by Helen Redfern

Suitable for Key Stage 3

Aims

To reflect on the importance of our sense of taste.

Preparation and materials

This is the last in a series of five assemblies looking at Jesus’ response to our senses.

You will need:

  • to prepare ten numbered small pots with a different spread in each one. (e.g. chocolate spread, honey, peanut butter, jam, marmalade, cheese spread, pickle, mustard, ketchup, brown sauce), and tape five spoons under some random chairs.

Bible reading

Mark 6.34-44.

Assembly

          Introduction         

  1. Isn’t it great to be able to taste things? Mint choc chip ice-cream, juicy strawberries, crispy bacon, a crunchy carrot, pepperoni pizza … mmmm – the mouth waters at the thought! Ask for some ideas from the audience for food that makes their mouth water.
  2. Imagine not being able to taste – the world would become a completely different place without the sense of taste.
  3. Of course, most of us take being able to taste for granted, but just how often do we even think about experiencing things through taste?

    Interactive exercise

  4. Have ten numbered small pots with a different spread in each one. Get the children to look under their chairs where five will find a teaspoon (which you have taped there earlier) … or just pick five volunteers if those with the spoons are unwilling to take part.
  5. Get these children to come up, choose a numbered pot, shut their eyes or be blindfolded and guess what is on their teaspoon by tasting it. When they have finished, thank them and send them back to their seats.
  6. Our sense of taste is very important to us. Jesus thought so too. On one occasion, while he was on the earth, he recognised how important it was for the people to eat, and he performed a miracle to feed them.
  7. Let’s read about that together.

    Bible story

  8. Read Mark 6.34–44.
  9. Jesus knew how important it was for the people to be fed. The people who witnessed this miracle would never forget that Jesus cared for their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs.
  10. Finish by saying that tasting with our tongue is important, but the Bible also says that we can taste in our hearts; where we should hunger not just for food, but also for justice and honesty.

Time for reflection

Reflection:

Spiritual taste

So many choices!

What to eat, where to eat,

What to drink, who to drink with,

What exercise to take, how often to take it ...

You are what you eat.

Make healthy choices for your body.

Feed on what is good.

So many choices!

What to watch, what to read,

What to listen to, what lyrics to sing along to,

What to study, what to concentrate hard on ...

You are what you eat.

Make healthy choices for your mind.

Feed on what is good.

So many choices!

What to believe, what not to believe,

What purpose to follow, what path to take,

What people to love, what issues to care about ...

You are what you eat.

Make healthy choices for your soul.

Feed on what is good.

You are what you eat.

Make healthy choices for your mind, body and soul.

Feed on what is good.

(Based on Psalm 119.97–104)

 

Prayer:

Thank you, Father God, for the gift of taste.

Help us not to take it for granted but to enjoy all that tastes so gorgeous in the world around us.

Show us how we can taste your loving goodness in our daily lives.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Hymn

‘Bread for the world' (Come and Praise, 75)

Publication date: June 2005   (Vol.7 No.6)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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