Collective Worship Unwrapped 33 Tried and Tested Story-based Assemblies for Primary Schools
Written by John Guest
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Collective Worship Unwrapped 33 Tried and Tested Story-based Assemblies for Primary Schools by John GuestCollective worship provides an important opportunity at the beginning of the school day to address the 'awe and wonder' part of learning. With this in mind, this book offers tried and tested primary assemblies with a Christian focus for Key Stages One and Two. Each assembly is complete and ready to run, with memorable stories, Bible links written in full, ideas for visual aids, helpful hints, prayers, suggested songs and follow-up material. The assemblies cover a host of themes, some topical, some on moral and personal development, citizenship, or spiritual values, and some linking in to seasons of the Christian year. Many of the stories use a specific storytelling technique (such as telling a story from an unusual angle, using a 'tag-line', repetition and audience participation), making this a flexible and practical resource, ideal for newly qualified teachers seeking to grasp the key principles of collective worship as quickly and as effectively as possible-but equally valuable for experienced teachers, RE coordinators and those invited into schools to lead collective worship.
- East End lads in shades - and a crowd of other characters. Explore themes onnected with children's daily lives, their relationship with God and issues affecting them. Bravely and effectively, (for many teachers duck it) explore the resurrection in three stories entitled 'The man who wasn't there'. John's story telling style is immediate and attractive. Each session includes a biblical link, visual aid, prayers and songs, and ideas for follow-up. The book starts with a chapter of advice for beginners: nervous clergy and leaders will find a treasure trove of sensible suggestions and hints. This would be an excellent resource for family services and children's clubs as well as schools. There is only one question: 'John, why didn't you write this years ago?
- 13/10/2005 Just in time to be used in the first term of the new school year, Collective Worship Unwrapped contains '33 tried and tested story-based assemblies for primary schools', described as 'Ideal for Key Stages 1 and 2'. Written by John Guest, an ordained minister and professional clown with 25 years
-telling in the 10 primary and secondary schools around his parish in Essex, the photocopiable material contains words and music of the song 'God loves all of his children'. There are varied means of conveying the messages: character and costume, questions and answers or visual aids and conjuring to choose from for the story of the road to Emmaus: 'The man who wasn't there', for example; two 'confident and imaginative actors dressed in dinner jackets and shades
'The Two Johns: An offer you can't refuse'
- and much, much more of similarly imaginative material. Overhead visuals are supplied and there are two comprehensive indexes of themes and Bible links. A wise investment! Reviewed by Margaret Daniels From Diocese of Gloucester Summer reading suggestions Summer 2005 Before you skip this because you don't lead school assemblies, STOP! A lot of the pieces here would be brilliant for all-age worship or - especially - that Sunday afternoon slot some of our parishes are experimenting with. Author John Guest is Rector of a parish in Essex and has 25 years experience of visiting schools. More important, he has a great sense of humour! Each talk has a Bible passage, suggestions for songs and - what makes this very useable for an all-age situation- a Follow-Up box with discussion ideas. If you have read one of the two books above and want some material that's a sure-fire winner, try this. (Of course, you could also use it for assemblies!)
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