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Assembly Focus – Abstinence

Monday, 11 March 2019

Our assembly this week focused on Lent. The children learnt that Jesus spent 40 days in the desert reflecting on the sacrifice he was about to make and the temptations he resisted.

We talked about the idea that Christians  make sacrifices at this time of year but this doesn’t always have to be giving something up like chocolate – it can be other things.

We read the following poem:

Today I’ll give up grumbling and complaining,
Instead I’ll be thankful for all that I have.
Today I’ll quit worrying about the ‘if onlys’ and ‘what ifs’ of my life,
Instead I’ll trust that God knows and cares for even me.
Today I’ll stop criticizing all those around me,
Instead I’ll take a good, long look at my own faults.
Today I’ll refuse to use the words ‘I’m bored!’
Instead I’ll be grateful for a brain, and for education, and for every opportunity to learn.
Today I’ll give up speaking unkindly and negatively,
Instead I’ll make an effort to use positive words and to be an encourager.
Today I’ll abstain from my mobile phone, my computer, my DVD player and all e-mails,
Instead I’ll practise the art of talking to my family and my friends.

 We decided it would be much better if we did kind, compassionate and thoughtful things instead. We are all going to try hard to achieve this over the next 7 weeks.