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Free Pentecost assemblies

   

Helping primary schools engage with Christianity

Since 1986 we’ve supported primary schools with assemblies, clubs and RE lessons. We are linked with nearly 100 schools in South London and the South East.

We have warm and professional relationships with headteachers and staff in the schools we visit. Our presence is a vital link between schools and local churches.

We write our own material. Much of it is freely available for you to access, use and adapt. Everything on this site is tried and tested. We know it works because we have used it ourselves.

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Pentecost

Pentecost

Of the 7 billion people in the world over 2 billion (that is more than 30 per cent) are Christians of one kind or another. The Christian church has grown massively since it was first established on the day that Christians now call ‘Pentecost’ (The word Pentecost comes from the Greek for 50th Day).

This short series looks at some of the background to the Pentecost story, to help children place it in relation to the Easter story. It also discusses some of the key changes that made such a difference to Jesus’ disciples (the first Christians) and make Pentecost so important for Christians today to remember.

The Journeys of Abraham

journeys

Four assemblies exploring some of Abraham’s journeys of faith and new places.

Objectives:

  • To introduce the children to aspects of the life and 'pilgrimage' of Abraham.
  • To investigate the concepts of faith and trust in the life of Abraham.
  • To encourage the children to reflect on the theme for each assembly, and respond to any significant aspect for their own 'pilgrimage'.
  • To allow the children to wonder at the possibility of God intervening in human existence. And if he does, how does he speak a share His thoughts plans for our lives? Can this lead to a greater sense of security and peace?

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Demand for Spinnaker's input has always outweighed our resources.  If you have something to offer Spinnaker as a volunteer, come and have a chat.

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What we’re thinking – team blogs

Part of the Family

Thank you Judith

It’s a real privilege to go into local primary schools every week and be accepted as part of the “family”. Visiting as often as this means you get to build up a relationship with the staff and pupils over time – you start to recognise individuals in that sea of faces in front of you, and they smile and wave encouragement (or they just sit beautifully with their arms folded and their backs really straight just so that you will notice and smile back). Sometimes, a child will break out of line on their way past and say something like “I do like your assemblies” or “Hello”. I always come out of schools happier than before I went in. It feels worthwhile to be there and part of their day.

“I do like your assemblies” 

In my area of North Lambeth things are changing very fast. New buildings are under construction, high blocks are being built right next to school playgrounds - expensive high-rise flats way beyond the financial reach of the families in my schools.

 Money and affluence are much in evidence here, at the same time as schools are struggling with problems of inner-city life: increasing mobility of school population, lack of English as a first language; and teachers constantly moving to other areas as the price of buying, or even renting here, becomes out of their reach. Spinnaker is a constant in all of this. Frequent visits. Thinking time. Being with God time.

Interacting with pupils makes me reflect too. I’m moved by schools being generous towards me. “We don’t need to introduce you, Judith”, said one Head Teacher recently, “You’re part of our family here,” (and this after the school had offered me tea and toast as I walked in during breakfast club). 

"I find that schools never hurry Spinnaker Assemblies"

Pressure of curriculum is always there, but I find that schools never hurry Spinnaker Assemblies. They allow the children time to reflect on the deeper things in life. Thinking about and spending time with God is considered very worthwhile. And that makes me happy!

by Judith Rust, April 2017

A bit like Marmite

Marmite

If one were to read all the various papers that have been written and published over the past couple of years on the theme of ‘should schools have collective worship?’ you would get the picture that there are two opinion groups, a bit like the pro or against Marmite debate. So when it comes to school collective worship, some love it, and some hate it!

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Sowing Seed

On holiday over the summer, we took a borrowed campervan, our bikes and spent much of our time cycling alongside French canals and visiting coffee shops! France definitely (from my limited geographical research) has the best coffee shops in all the world. One particular coffee shop in Saulieu in the Dordogne region of France was simply wonderful!

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Time and Space

Perhaps it is a result of too much Sci-Fi, but the expression ‘time and space’ tried to capture the unlimited size and scope of the universe. However, in our real world, both are limited. Both sought after. Both somewhat fundamental for life.

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