This year we have been repeating this assembly (I don’t know who first wrote it, but it certainly isn’t unique to Brentwood) both in primary and secondary schools (each slightly adapted), I love the way it excites the pupils, and it is so visual, although I’m not so keen on having egg on my head 4 times in the last week!
PREPARATION: One egg, towel, plastic sheeting/black sack, chocolate Easter egg. Willing teacher and volunteer. INTRODUCTION: Ask: ‘I wonder if anyone can tell me what love is?’ Field the various responses and say, ‘sometimes love is giving up something so that you can help someone else. For example, you may give up watching a TV programme so you can help your mum with the housework or dinner, to show her you love her. Or, you give some of your time and effort to raise money for people less fortunate than yourself because you care for them. (Sport relief) Now, this kind of giving we call sacrifice which means ‘giving up something valuable for something else that’s really important.’
ILLUSTRATION: Now to explain a bit more about sacrifice we’ve got a little quiz with a nice prize for the winner and a nasty forfeit for the loser. Explain:Winner will get chocolate, loser will get egged! (Get a teacher to volunteer) Ask them three questions each, easy ones to your volunteer – they of course get the questions right. Ask the teacher difficult questions – they of course get the answers wrong! (Alternate question asking) At the end, say you are going to egg the teacher as they clearly got all their questions wrong. Here’s where your volunteer steps in to take the egging in their place – break the egg on their head.
TALK: Develop the theme of sacrifice. The volunteer stepped in so your teacher didn’t have to take the punishment for getting all those questions wrong. Now it’s easy to say you love someone, it’s easy to give someone a hug, and hugging is a part of showing someone you love him or her. But are we prepared to sacrifice something to help others? Link to Easter, just as volunteer stepped into to take the wrong answers from the teacher, we believe that Jesus stepped in and was crucified to take the punishment for all the wrong we do, so that if we chose to follow Him we can be forgiven and one day have eternal life with him. (Develop this theme around John 3:16) Think about some sacrifices you could make, to show someone you care or love them. And when eating your chocolate eggs next week, perhaps you might remember the Christian message behind Easter, that of Jesus giving up His life for us all.
Questions: For volunteer
- What are Easter eggs made of?
- What colour is chocolate?
- What day of the week is Easter Sunday on?
- When was the first Easter egg made?
- What is volunteer’s favourite kind of chocolate?
- What was the date of Easter Sunday in the 2000?