Flushed Away

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Louise Funnell
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN, Young Leaders,

Recently God has opened up doors into a secondary school to take assemblies. I thought this time I'd take inspiration from my Dodo Diary and from Youthwork Magazine. My diary told me it was the anniversary of the death of Thomas Crapper (for best interests I won't be including his name in my assembly!) and lo and behold when I opened up YouthWork Magazine there was an article in 'The Story Box' section on a Christian Businessman who goes into columbian sewers. Have developed a assembly around this theme. So my questions this week are:

Whats the weirdest assembly theme you have ever run with?

How do you use stories in your assemblies?

My assembly is called 'Flushed Away' and here is the plan if you are interested...

Introduction: "Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of a man who changed our lives as we know it. He increased the popularity and developed the working process of the toilet! So today we are going to celebrate his work with our 'flushed away' assembly."
Game: Needs two volunteers (one boy and one girl), and it does include kit kats and lots of toilet paper. The aim of the game is to unravel as much toilet paper as you can in one minute and the person with the least on their rolls or who finishes first, is the winner. You may choose to play music and have kit kat prizes ready for the winner.
Story: 'Jaime Jaramillo and the Street Children of Colombia' story from 'The Story Box' in Youthwork Magazine January 2011 edition.

Why tell such a story? One thing we can see from this story is that Jaime is actually a living demonstration of what Christians believe Jesus does for us. However in doing this in human terms, Jaime is showing that every human has worth. 'The disposables'... that's what these sewer children are called, the ones we don't need, aren't 'worth' anything in some people's minds. I wonder if you have ever felt this way, was it about yourself, was it about other people? Chances are you've felt both. One of the girls Jaime rescued now plays violin in the Columbian National Orchestra… doesn't sound like she was that disposable to me.

- Let us therefore this week look for the gold in each other
- Let us treat each other as if we were worth more than precious diamonds
- Let us strive to flush away that in us which wants to flush away others,
- Let us reflect on the message that Jesus brings, rescuing us from the sewers
- And let us aspire to bring out our best
- And to bring out the best in others, in new and inventive ways (this is the school's tagline kind of!)

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