Patience assembly outline and assembly outline
A fully worked assembly outline is offered here for exploring Patience conceptually and theologically using the story of ‘Simeon and Anna – The Presentation of Jesus in the temple’, Luke 2 22-40 for use in whole school or classroom collective worship using the ‘Gather, Inspire, Reflect, Respond, Send’ model.
The related clips of The presentation of Jesus in the temple’ and actor viewpoints from The Life of Christ stimulate creative thinking and questioning about Jesus’s life and influence, complemented by drama workshops to deepen engagement.
For young people of all ages, seeing actors recreating scenes from the bible, interacting with Jesus and one another brings the stories and their inherent values to life. They see characters listening and responding to Jesus’s teaching and example, making choices and acting upon them, as if they were real people rather than fictional characters. Dramatized scripture can make the life of Jesus and his influence more accessible, serving as a dynamic stimulus for enabling deeper thinking and exploration. This approach to values learning advocates exploring concepts and theology through drama as a way of exploring and explaining the value. Access patience values learning activities including drama workshop material here.
Patience Values enquiry assembly
Simeon and Anna – The presentation of Jesus in the temple
Leader: Peace be with you..
Response: and peace be with you
(Children could find other examples of the way the Bible uses the word patience and create your own greeting to say or sing at the beginning of the assembly. For more examples see click here…
We have been exploring patience and used key questions to help us: (pupils)
What is patience?
When do you show patience in different situations?
What qualities do you need to wait successfully?
What is difficult about being patient?
What difference can faith in God(spirituality) make to being patient?
What helps you learn to be more patient?
What is patience? (pupil poses questions)
We worked in pairs to write down what we thought patience is before we investigated further. Have a look at our Patience ‘Wordle’ reflection using the ideas that we came up with.
We have been investigating how we show patience in different situations and discussed different examples?
• Pre-planned events examples for example – waiting for your birthday, holidays, visiting relations, friends, a new toy, someone to get better, exams, not giving up
• How we grow and develop for example waiting for practise to bear fruit e.g. instrument, sport
• Things that you can see but can’t control for example natural processes requiring patience to grow, recover from an accident or illness
0.06 What qualities do you need to wait successfully? (pupil poses questions)
We thought through real life situations and identified qualities that are needed to be good at being patient e.g acceptance, humility, trust, faith. Look at the images we have found of everyday situations as examples of patience and the qualities we need.
What is difficult about learning to be patient? What does it mean to lose patience?(pupil poses questions)
We thought about some of the challenges involved in waiting patiently for something. e.g, impatience, selfishness, frustration, doubt , taking charge which are opposite of the qualities that help us grow patience
0.07 What difference can faith in God make to being patient? (pupil poses questions)
Scripture search: we are going to read the bible story of Simeon and Anna – The Presentation of Jesus in the temple’ and show you the clip ‘Jesus being presented in the temple’ from The Life of Christ. We have been using to explore how faith in God can help people be more patient. (See video clips and scripture search)
Simeon and Anna showed incredible patience waiting for God’s promise of a saviour before they died of old age and were rewarded with meeting baby Jesus.
NB Background information is important here for teacher and pupil – see useful background information in assembly preparation material
Values learning through drama: (could also be a video of the drama workshop)
We are now going to show you the drama we created to explain our version of the story and help us all think about how faith can help people grow patience
Be Values Detectives while you watch the drama see if you can meet these values challenges:
- Which characters show patience?
- What evidence is there for waiting patiently?
- What evidence is there for how faith in God helps people wait patiently
- What lessons from this drama could you apply to your everyday lives at home and at school?
Look at the Values detective challenges on the screen and be quiet and still for a moment to think about the evidence you found in the drama for answering these questions. What examples can your think of from your everyday life at home and at school where you can apply the lessons from this story?
Song – on the theme of learning to wait patiently (Ruth Buckley’s rhyme verse?)
Look at the prayers that have been suggested as guidelines only on the patience theme. Pupils individually or in pairs write their own prayers and choose one to use in the assembly.
you waited a long while before coming to us in Jesus.
Give us patience
when we look forward to good things happening to us. Amen.
as we see tall oak trees that many years ago were tiny acorns,
help us be patient. Amen