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"My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”         (John 10:10)

Introduction:  You may or may not have noticed (you probably have!), but school children are under a lot of pressure to achieve… pressure to write in certain ways, pressure to know all kinds of complicated maths, pressure to know how to take tests. Whatever the right and wrongs of this approach, children need to adapt to a new way of working. Part of that is learning how to relax and express themselves outside of school. Again, the way children use their free time has changed dramatically over the last decade or so. ‘Screen time’ is at an all-time high, as is participation in extra-curricular clubs (sports, dance and so on). None of this is a bad thing in itself. Computer games for example can have benefits in terms of developing problem solving, concentration and other skills. On-line games have also become very social with children playing with each other on the same game across the internet, and with the introduction of Pokémon Go and similar, they are even getting outside more. However, there are certain pastimes and activities that are falling by the wayside and perhaps as trusted adults we can encourage children to explore some of these things. Perhaps it’s part of the ‘rich and satisfying life’ that Jesus came to give.

Another part of that rich and satisfying life, to many Christians around the world, comes from understanding some of the things taught in the Bible. This series explores a little bit of Christian understanding of freedom and time, and then some…

Contributors: Mark Hollingbery, Heather Peters, Steve Palmer, Martin Sweet, Glenis Ruston, Isabel Palmer, Harriet Allen

Assembly 1: Free Time

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Value/Theme:  Rest. Having free time, and using it to rest and do activities we enjoy is important. 

Story (Bible reference): Verses about the Sabbath/rest

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

Read more: Assembly 1: Free Time

Assembly 2: Freedom Finders

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Value/Theme:  Freedom/liberty. Black History Month. Being free to make our own choices is a precious gift which we should be thankful for. Martin Luther King. United Nations. One of the things that many Christians have taken comfort in is that Jesus said that even if people are not free physically, Jesus said they can feel free inside.

Story (Bible reference): Jesus heals a man with leprosy (Mark 1:40-42)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

Read more: Assembly 2: Freedom Finders

Assembly 3. Time Checkers

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Value/Theme:  Time is an important commodity. Many Christians believe that time is one of God’s amazing gifts. Let’s learn to appreciate it, and let’s not waste it. 

Story (Bible reference): Verses from Ecclesiastes about time (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

Read more: Assembly 3. Time Checkers

Assembly 4: Lego builders

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Value/Theme:  Cooperation, determination, working together.

Story (Bible reference): Nehemiah and the walls (Book of Nehemiah)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

Read more: Assembly 4: Lego builders

Assembly 5: Crafters

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Value/Theme: Care, discipline, following instructions. Sometimes it can be fun to follow instructions, and it usually means we finish quicker and end up with a better product.

Story (Bible reference): Building of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

Read more: Assembly 5: Crafters

Assembly 6: Artists

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Value/Theme: ‘I can’. There are many things we often say we can’t do before we have tried. Being willing to give something new a try is a valuable quality.

Story (Bible reference): Gideon defeats the Midianites (Judges 7)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

Read more: Assembly 6: Artists

   
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