The Story of Love Animation

The Story of Love Animation

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/The-Story-of-Love-Animation.mp4 This is a video that I stumbled across from the folks at LoveGeniuses called the story of love. This engaging animation is ideal for use with youth groups and would work well within a school/religious observance setting. When we showed in this weekend with our group one of the young people said: “Whoever created love must be really heart...
Assembly: Life is

Assembly: Life is

Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges. Some of these challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that will come between the paths that we are destined to take. In order to follow the right path, we must overcome these obstacles. Sometimes these obstacles are really blessings in disguise, only we don’t realize that at the time. This is a short video reflection that we used for a recent high school assembly based on the poem by Mother Teresa Life is. “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for...
Assembly: Compassion

Assembly: Compassion

Introductory Reflection Compassion – Click for Powerpoint Slides. Show these when the pupils begin to gather before the assembly. Video: Connor’s Story   Some thoughts To be compassionate we start with what we have to give where we are – in the video the wrestlers simply gave their time and their attention. Compassion isn’t about some outlandish or overly generous thing that we do – but it starts just by turning up. I thought what Connor’s story also showed is that often we can make the mistake of thinking that when we show compassion we’re giving something to someone else. But a lot of the time we receive something back that is far greater. I guess it’s easy to look around and thing about everything we don’t have. It can be hard keeping up sometimes…latest phone, the most fashionable clothes, or the latest must have item. But when we encounter something like Connor, when we show compassion we’re reminded of all that we do have. All the small stuff that’s all too easy to overlook. So as a school community, and individually what are our opportunities to show compassion? What are the situations that we can make a difference just by turning up? And what might we receive in return when we show...
Links and Resources for Schools Work

Links and Resources for Schools Work

Below is a list of links and resources that you might find helpful if you’re engaged in schools work. Serve Your Local School – www.syls.org.uk It has lots of ideas and links to assembly resources S.U Schools Live – https://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/49490.id Geared towards lunchtime groups it offers Bible-based resources for Children and Young People Prayer Spaces in Schools – http://www.prayerspacesinschools.com/ Resources, guides and lessons plans for setting up prayer spaces within schools. SchoolsWork – http://www.schoolswork.co.uk/ A huge online resource with assembly ideas, therapeutic resources and lesson plans TrueTube – https://www.truetube.co.uk/ Videos/Lesson Plans/assemblies for R.E/PSHE/Citizenship TES – https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resources Online community with lots of lesson plans and assembly ideas WingClips – http://www.wingclips.com/ Free Inspirational Video and Movie Clips organised under a list of different themes Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/ Massive online resource where you can search for anything. Perhaps ideal for object lessons, assembly ideas, lesson plans. Teaching Ideas – http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/ Another site with teaching resources/lesson plans/assembly ideas. KeepVid – http://keepvid.com/ A website that allows you to download Youtube Videos by simply copying and pasting the website address of the video you want Animoto – https://animoto.com/ A really sleek video maker that can update tired looking PowerPoint Slides YFC Schools Connections – http://www.yfcschoolsconnection.co.uk/ Collection of user submitted ready made assembly ideas and lesson plans Prezi – http://prezi.com/ An online software tool for presentations – like PowerPoint but...
Assembly: Perseverance

Assembly: Perseverance

Perseverance is the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. Marie Curie said, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” Sometimes it can be easy to look at others and think they have everything. We see their success – good grades at school, or a well-paid job, or what seems like the perfect life. But one of the only certainties in life is that we will all face obstacles and difficulties. We might lose someone close to us Things at home might be difficult It might be hard keeping up with school work Or maybe a relationship ends It’s not about how to avoid these but how we respond to them when they come our way. Will we let them defeat us or will we pick ourselves up and try again. I wanted to show you a quick video about perseverance but I also want to leave you with some questions to reflect upon. What helps you no to give up? Who helps you to keep going? How can you encourage others to keep trying? What’s the hardest thing about sticking at a task? http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/failfamous.mp4   The assembly might also work by including this idea...
Getting to know you game

Getting to know you game

Getting to know you Game This is a good introductory game that I’ve used with my school behaviour groups in the opening weeks. I’ve also used it with various youth groups as a good way for everyone to get to know each other. I also turn it into a game to see who can remember each others answers at the end of the session. Instructions Write the questions below on cards or you can  make up your own. Place the cards face down.  Explain how each card has a question on the reverse.  Each person will have a turn to pick a card and answer a question. Answer each question as honestly as possible. If there is a question that any of the participants feel uncomfortable with, you can say “pass” and pass it onto the other person, who can also say “pass”. All answers can be discussed depending on how long you have for the meeting.   Write the following questions on cards What do you do best? What sort of TV programmes do you like best? Which ones do you watch every week? If you won a £1000 – what would you spend it on? What do you like best about school/work? What has been your happiest moment so far? If you were someone else who would you be? What has pleased you most today? What do you think you will be doing in 10 years time? I get nervous when? What scares you most? What makes you laugh most? What embarrasses you? When was the last time you cried? What angers you? One of my favourite childhood memories...
Anti-Bullying Session

Anti-Bullying Session

Anti-Bullying Why do people bully? An anti-bullying session plan for use with school pupils or youth groups looking at effective ways of responding to bullying. On two separate sheets of flipchart paper draw an outline of a person. Label one ‘Victim’ and the other ‘Bully’. Post-It Notes Discussions Why are people bullied? Encourage young people to write their answers on post-it notes and get them to place them around the outline of the victim. Feedback the range of answers back to whole group. How does someone who is bullied feel?Encourage young people to write  answers on post-it notes which are then placed inside the outline of the victim. Again feedback answers to the whole group. What are the characteristics of a bully? On post-it notes participants write down their answers and these are placed around the outline of the bully. Feedback answers to the whole group. Why do people bully others? Young people again write their answer on post-its which are then placed inside the outline of the bully. Answers fed back to whole group.     Group Discussion Ask participants if there are any similarities between the victim and bully. (Both may experience the same feelings as each other). Also stress that not all bullies are just ‘nasty’, the bully may have underlying issues that need to be addressed which is another reason to report any bullying Split the participants into groups and have them read ‘My bullying story’. Once they have done this get them to answer the attached questions on flip chart paper. Choose which story to use depending on your own context. Once the task...
Confidence Session

Confidence Session

This resource works really well in helping young people to see the positives in their lives where sometimes they can see only negatives. Confidence Wall Start off with the ‘confidence wall’ sheet and encourage the young people to think of positive aspects of these different areas of their lives Confidence Worksheet: Positive_Wall So for example in the top row, family, you might ask ‘what are some good things about being in your family?’, and answers might include ‘feeling cared for’, ‘provided with somewhere to live’, ‘having brothers/sisters to play with…’ The young person writes each one of these in a different brick along that row. Then allow them to fill in the rest of the wall, leaving spaces blank if they can’t think of anything else. Jenga Once they have their wall, you can now illustrate that even if one thing were to go wrong, there are still so many positive bricks in their life that they can choose to focus on. Building the Jenga tower together, pick up one brick each, naming what it represents (i.e. one brick from the sheet they just wrote), and keep going round the circle until the tower is complete. The Jenga tower is sturdy structure, however what would happen if we took out some of the bricks? One by one, take it in turns to actually take a brick out, thinking about how sometimes that thing may go wrong in their lives, but even with that brick gone, the structure still stands. It’s a powerful image that stays with young people about not having to ‘fall apart’ when one thing in their lives...