U & I are needed   Leave a comment

submitted: Robin Hill

equipment: 26 Alphabet letters A-Z

Age range: Upper primary

Theme: The importance of community and of individual involvement (in society, school, church, etc.)

Preparation: Prepare 26 A4 sheets each containing a different letter of the alphabet printed in large, bold type. Bring all sheets with you, but hide the letter "I" near to yourself, and the letter "U" somewhere in the assembly hall.

Mix up and hand out the 24 alphabet cards to kids across the hall. Tell the 24 "volunteers" that they will have to pay attention as you are going to race through the alphabet in double quick time. As their letter is called out, they must hold their card up quickly, then take it down again. Having explained these rules, build up the tension with a "On your marks … set … GO!", then shout out the alphabet, both loud and very, very fast. (General mayhem ensues, though no-one notices the absence of the two letters.) This process only takes a few seconds, so try it a few times, maybe getting the teachers involved too. All good fun.

At this stage, talk a little about how the exercise started as a complete mess. Everyone, however, co-operated well with their teamwork, eventually getting the hang of raising and lowering the cards at just the right time to make the alphabet race a great success – so teamwork counts for a lot!

Then, ask everyone with a card to come out to the front and to line up in the right order. Strangely, they can’t quite do it, so prodice the missing "I" and ask for a volunteer from the remaining kids to hunt around the hall for "U".

When the last two letters are safely in place, point out that "U" and "I" ("you" and "I") are needed if group is really going to work as a great team. Yes, you and I are needed, perhaps more than we can imagine.

Before getting the kids to sit down, do one more rapid fire run through from "A" to "Z", then encourage a big round of applause, as they take their places once again.

If any talk is needed at this point, simply speak about how you and I should always think about playing our part in the really important things of life: the worship of God, caring for those in our wider community, campaigning for justice, supporting fair trade, etc. You and I need to be involved, if life is to be complete.


Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in Belonging, Brilliant Talk!, General

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