To help pupils learn that, for Christians, prayer is an essential part of their relationship with God. It’s a result of God’s love for them and their love for God.
Things you’ll need
- Copies of the friendship sketches (included at end of assembly)
- A copy of the Lord’s Prayer on large pieces of card
Before the assembly ask two pupils to help you with the sketches and rehearse them ready for the assembly.
1 Introduce the sketches by saying that you are about to watch the behaviour of two good friends.
After the children have watched the sketch, ask if they think the two people are good friends. If not, why not? What should good friends be doing? When someone has answered, ‘Talking to each other’, ask your actors to perform the second sketch.
Ask the children if the people are now acting like good friends. If not, why not? When you get the answer, ‘Listening’, ask your actors to perform the third sketch.
Say that you think they now look like very good friends. Does everyone agree? Why not? Bring out the fact that they didn’t spend much time with each other. A good friendship needs three things: talking, listening and spending time together.
2 Ask the children what friendships would be like with one or more of these parts missing. Talk about their ideas.
3 Explain that an important Christian belief is that people can be friends with God. Being a friend of God needs the same things as being friends with a person. Christians need to talk to God, listen to God and spend time with God. This is called prayer. Christians pray so that they can become better friends with God.
4 Talk about how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. He taught them a prayer that is still used today by Christians all round the world. It is known as the Lord’s Prayer. Display the Lord’s Prayer. Read it through, explaining words where necessary.
5 Tell the children that when Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples he said that they shouldn’t just pray when people could see them and think they were good. They should pray at home where no-one could see them, so it would be just them talking to God, listening to God and spending time with God. These are the things that make for a good friendship.
A Christian viewpoint
It’s important for Christians today to do as Jesus said and pray regularly. Sometimes Christians use prayers that are written down. Sometimes they pray using their own words, praising God (ie telling him how much they love him), saying sorry for things they’ve done wrong and asking God for help.
Jesus knew that a good friendship needs these three things: talking, listening and spending time together. For Christians, that also includes being friends with God. Are we also good friends with other people? Do we do those three things? If our friendships are going to be really good friendships we need to learn to do each of those things too.
If it is appropriate, finish with the Lord’s Prayer. Use the version from the Bible that you have displayed on the OHP. If the children are used to saying a different version, this might help them to think carefully about what they are saying. If they don’t usually pray, then read it out for them to listen to. Finish by asking God to help us be really good friends by talking, listening and spending time with each other.
Two pupils stand side by side looking a bit bored. Once or twice they glance at each other and smile. Apart from that, they ignore each other. Stop the sketch after about twenty seconds.
The two pupils say the following things at the same time. They don’t stop talking or take any notice of each other. They should both be very enthusiastic.
Pupil A: Hi there! How are you? Did you watch Blue Peter last night? It was great, wasn’t it? I liked the bit when they were climbing up the mountain and one of them fell down. And did you see the kittens they had on the show? They were so cute – all small, fluffy and orange. I’d love to have a kitten like that, only my mum won’t let me. Actually, I need to go because I said I’d help my teacher clean out her cupboard today and wash the paint pots. Bye!
Pupil B: Hello. Do you want to come and play football wtih us? There’s only seven on our team, so we need someone else. You won’t have to be in goal. Ranjit is our goalie. Oh go on, it’ll be a laugh. I’ll share my crisps with you if you’ll do it. We’re being Aston Villa, the others are Man United, so we’re bound to win again. Did you see the football on telly last night? My dad lets me stay up to watch it with him on Sky. Well hurry up! We’re playing over by the bins. Come on!
The two pupils rush up to each other and start talking. They don’t interrupt each otehr and they listen to each other’s answers.
Pupil A: Hello, how are you?
Pupil B: Fine, thanks.
Pupil A: Bye then.
Pupil B: Bye.
They both turn away.