Here’s a copy of today’s assembly linked to the It’s Your Move books we presented to Year 6:
Chris is at the front of the assembly, waiting for Steph. Chris apologises for Steph being late and explains that she is going on holiday straight after the assembly so she is probably still packing.
At this point Steph comes in wearing sunhat, glasses, pulling the suitcase and whistling happily. Chris asks Steph if her packing has gone well. Steph says that she has packed everything that she needs for the holiday and it’s going to be a great holiday etc.
Steph asks the children if they would like to see what is inside the suitcase.
The items are taken out one by one:
- A kite – to fly on the beach
- Sandwich box – for snacks
- Ball of string – in case you want to fly the kite higher
- Hammer – in case anything gets broken
- Radio – for listening to while flying the kite on the beach
Chris starts to get impatient asking Steph if she is sure that she has packed everything that she needs. Steph says she is absolutely certain. Chris then asks where her clothes, toiletries and money are. Steph replies, disconsolately, that she has forgotten them.
Chris explains that in life it is really important to take certain things with us, wherever we move on to.
Many years ago in a city called Ur, lived a man called Abraham. Ur was a fine city. There were many comfortable houses for rich and wealthy people like Abraham.
One day, God spoke to Abraham. He had something very surprising to say. “Leave Ur” God said “and set out for a country that I will show you. I will make you great and bless you. I will make you a blessing to all people everywhere”.
Abraham had to think hard. If he did as God said, he would leave the comfort of city life and have no settled home. He would live in a tent, moving from one source of water to another. But Abraham trusted God enough to obey him. He and Sarah, his wife, packed up their possessions and got ready to leave Ur.
At first they stayed at Haran, many miles to the north, until Abraham’s old father, Terah, died. Then Abraham, Sarah and Lot, their nephew, set off on the journey. Canaan was the name of the place where God led Abraham. It was a lovely place – called by some as the ‘land flowing with milk and honey’. Which means that it was a beautiful place with lots of animals and plenty to eat. Abraham liked it very much. The only problem was that Abraham and Sarah had no children and besides that, they were both very very old. But Abraham trusted God.
So one night, God said to him “Can you count those stars in the sky? I promise that you will have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. I am the God who brought you out of Ur. I will be your God and your children’s God for ever. I am going to give you and Sarah a son and I will give you this country for his descendants to live in.” Although God’s promises sounded impossible, as Abraham stood there in the night, he believed with all his heart that God would keep his word.
Chris explains how God asked Abraham to leave where he was – to move onto something new. He didn’t know what lay ahead of him but he trusted God to look after him.
As we move towards the end of this school year, it’s a time for everyone to move on to something new. Everyone has changes to face – new classes, new teachers – for the teachers, new pupils and for the year 6s a brand new school.
Wherever we move on to in life, it’s really important to take things with us – our friendships, the things we’ve learned both at school and at home and something else that is very important to Christians – our faith in God. Christians believe wherever we go, whatever changes we face, God is always with each of us all of the time.