- an Assembly for
that the children have made with a night-light in each
of the Transfiguration
music e.g. Taize, John Michael Talbot's "The Quiet"
focus for prayer
First of all set up a focus for prayer. One way we have done this is to
cover a box loosely with material, stand the icon up on the box, and place
plants, large candles, floating candles, natural objects such as shells,
etc around the icon and on the material.
Switch the reflective music on and invite the children into the hall.
Ask the children to place the candles they have made either on a flat
board (to catch the wax!) in front of the prayer focus, or in the shape
of a cross, which they can sit around (at a safe distance).
with a Taize chant such as the Lord is my Light, which the children
have already learnt by heart. Sing several times over as adults, or
carefully selected children light the candles with tapers.
with children what light sources they can think of and then ask them
what they think Jesus being the Light of the World means. Explore this
link and then tell the children the story of the transfiguration (see
teachers notes in Crafts section).
how in Baptism we are filled with Jesus' light - a light that changes
us and transforms us to become like Jesus if we choose to let Jesus
do this - we have the choice.
to All Saints - the saints chose to follow Jesus and become more like
him and be transformed by his light, even in very difficult circumstances.
Tell the children a story from the saints - there are plenty in the
website or try "Beggars, Beasts and Easter Fire" by
Carol Greene. Tell children exciting stories of how God intervened
in the lives of the saints, for example, how the forest appeared to
be on fire when St Clare and St Francis prayed, how St Clare stopped
an invading army with the monstrance, or how St John Bosco looked after
neglected children, entertained then with juggling and taught them about
the children to reflect silently on how the saints were like Jesus -
then ask the children to share their thoughts.
- Using the children's answers pray that they (and the whole school
community) would choose to follow Jesus, be filled with His light and
would be more like Him.
"We are marching in the Light of God/Siya hamb'e"
and blow out candles!