Collective Worship Ideas

Taking collective worship? Read our 14 top tips for taking an effective assembly then check out the assembly ideas below.

An excellent assembly idea from called 'Do you have a spiritual side?' which explores the different layers of your personality, related to Russian dolls. Sets of blank Russian dolls can be bought from this website.

Use the PowerPoint presentation: Ask what the various acronyms mean.

WWJD  - Ask for suggestions of how Jesus behaved.

Possible Bible verses to use: 'Love your neighbour as yourself' Matthew 19:19, 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.' Galatians 5:22-23

If you have time you could add the story of The Parable of the Good Samaritan, ending with the words 'Go and do the same'. Luke 10:25–37.

Thank you to Chris Burch, Headteacher at Birkdale School, Sheffield for sharing his PowerPoint presentation. has 'school assemblies for every season for everyone'. It has lots of assemblies, arranged into months of the year, and for different age groups.

This is a collection of assemblies from Scripture Union to help you plan effective Christian school assemblies, quickly and easily.

Ethos Education publishes free resources for teachers to help students explore spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues through contemporary media. Their assembly ideas help pupils to reflect on life issues such as identity, purpose, family, respecting those with different traditions and facing difficult choices. 'But, crucially, each assembly also provides two additional important features with a well-considered rationale,' explained Ethos founder Nick Pollard. 'First, by using extracts from popular feature films the assembly grounds those life issues in the pupil’s contemporary culture. Secondly, by including at the heart of each assembly a relevant passage from the Bible, pupils are enabled to reflect for themselves on what it teaches about the life issue.'

This resource booklet from Scripture Union includes three assembly plans about fears and phobias, Moses and Daniel. Although it is from 2015 it is still a useful tool and can be downloaded from their website by clicking on the image above.

During the pandemic, Open the Book have created video assemblies for teachers wanting to use ready made assemblies, or for OtB teams to keep in touch with schools. A document with links to all of the videos can be viewed or downloaded here. Most of the videos feature Bob Hartman, author of The Lion Storyteller Bible, telling the story part of a session but there are also two OtB teams re-telling a story on a video call. See the CaSS Open the Book page for more assembly ideas.

There are loads of innovative assembly ideas from Schoolswork UK including video clips, games and tricks. Topics include 'Am I cool?', 'Waiting', 'Adventure', 'Easter' and 'the Cost of Christmas'.  One in particular is called 'Do you have a spiritual side?' which explores the different layers of your personality, related to Russian dolls.

Contact Woodseats Methodist Church about booking their Saints Alive puppets to bring Bible stories to life.

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