w/c 06 January 2020
This week we explore the Feast of the Epiphany through the eyes of Mary: what did Mary think of the wise men and their gifts, and what impact did seeing Jesus have on the wise men? This assembly helps children to understand that Jesus is the greatest gift we can hope to have.
‘…going into the house they saw the child with His mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did Him homage.’ Matthew 2:1-12
Key Point / Learning Objective:
Children will learn that:
- At Epiphany, we remember the visit of the wise men.
- Mary helps us to know Jesus.
- Jesus is the greatest gift we can hope to have.
- Engage with the film and answer questions.
- Participate in the time of reflection.
- PowerPoint Presentation.
- Appendix 1 – Gospel Reading (optional).
The film on Slide 4 shows Mary telling a dramatized version the Gospel story, therefore Appendix 1 – Gospel Reading is optional. Decide if you would like it read as well as seeing the film and ask a child accordingly. If you do decide to use it, the best place is marked in the teacher script.
- Traditional: As With Gladness Men of Old by William Chatterton Dix
- Contemporary: Everlasting Love by Stuart Townend
Lizzie Hastings and Edith Kirkwood
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