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Storyteller: Bringing Jesus' stories to life

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Introduction:

Jesus captivated audiences when he spoke, and used a lot of stories. The parables of Jesus bring ideas about God and about life into everyday settings, using the listener’s imagination. Still, more than 2000 years on, Jesus’ stories have relevance and can speak into the lives of children and adults.

In this series, we use various storytelling techniques and visual aids to bring these stories to life. Our method is not to re-write the parables into modern settings, but to fuel our listener’s imaginations and reflections with word and picture. Each assembly is based on a box, which various objects can be stored inside to either provide a way into the story, or visuals for the story itself. Spinnaker’s teams have used many of these ideas time and again in club settings, so we know that children have gained both knowledge and understanding through these stories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Resources:

Each assembly involves a box. Mostly these can be made from covered cardboard boxes. You may even be able to find a nest of boxes that can fit inside each other. This is especially helpful if you want to show all your boxes, as in the final assembly. There are very simple ways to mock up your box to look like something else.  Make sure you use thick pens and bold colours so they can be seen from a distance.

Reflection/Prayers:

In keeping with current educational thinking, we are moving away from necessarily having a prayer with each assembly. This time we have renamed the response section ‘Reflection’, sometimes with prayers included. We believe that it is important to ‘Get it right’ for each and every school. Most schools have increasing numbers of children from other faith and non faith backgrounds, making it easy for us to leave some children out if we pray. A well thought out time of reflection can be just as powerful as a prayer, particularly if you give permission for children to pray in their heads if they want to. If you are at all unsure, speak with the head teacher or collective worship coordinator at your school to get the feel of the school. If you are going to lead a prayer, it is good practice to give an ‘opt out’ – i.e. say something like - “I am now going to pray. If would like to join me, you can say Amen at the end. If not, you can simply listen or think about what you have heard today.”

Child's voice:

Use some small whiteboards or laminated card (perhaps 3) and dry wipe pens to give children a chance to write something about the assembly for the reflection. It could be something they have learnt, or will be reflecting on, or perhaps a prayer. The children could read them out as you prepare the rest of the school to reflect. Before using this technique, check with the relevant staff at the school. It will be best to ask a teacher to choose 3 people to take part. Perhaps use a different class each time. Don’t be afraid to use the younger children, they can often be quite perceptive and capable of sharing their thoughts.

The Seed Box

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Theme:  Jesus the sower of good seeds

Story (Bible reference):  The Sower (Mark 4 v1-20)

Key Stage Relevance: KS1 & KS2

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The Treasure Box

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Theme:   What is so special that someone would give up everything to have it? 

Story (Bible reference):  The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2. This assembly may be more appropriate for a church school than a community school

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The Post Box

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Theme:  Saying sorry can be really hard, but God is waiting to forgive us.  

Story (Bible reference):  The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32)

Key Stage Relevance: KS1 & KS2

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The Suggestion Box

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Theme:  We might not always think that God is fair, his grace extends farther than our ideas of fairness.   

Story (Bible reference):  The Vineyard Workers (Matthew 20:1-16)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

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The Money Box

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Theme:  What things are important to us? An opportunity to think about the things we value most and why?

Story (Bible reference):  The rich foolish farmer (Luke 12:16-21)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

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The Match Box

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Theme:  Telling people what we believe in - making a difference in our world

Story (Bible reference):  The lamp under the bowl  (Mark 4:21-23)

Key Stage Relevance:  KS1 & KS2

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