Monday morning Gospel assembles and other world faiths assemblies
Every Monday morning, all children gather in the hall for our weekly Gospel assembly.
The children listen to the Gospel, and think about the message which is given to us. We think about how we can use this message in our lives the following week. The message is displayed in the children's classrooms. A summary of the assembly, along with the gospel message and a picture is also sent out to parents via the school app.
Every 4th week, the children explore a different world faith. The children think about how the faith differs and how it is the same as Christianity.
Please see below for the messages which are sent out each week.
Monday 16th March
This week, our assembly message is: “The water that I shall give you will become a spring of eternal life."
In this week’s gospel, Jesus is thirsty and so he asks a Samaritan woman for a drink from the well.
The woman is surprised because normally Jews and Samaritans did not get along. It was also unusual at the time for a man to talk to a woman he did not know.
But even though it is unusual, Jesus talks to the woman anyway.
The children reflected on how Jesus is showing us that God loves everyone. No matter who they are, where they come from or the colour of their skin – man or woman, boy or girl, rich or poor. Even though we are all different, we still need the same things to live.
The children shared what they thought we needed to live. We finished our Assembly thinking about what we could do this week to show each other that we care.
This week’s prayer is: ‘God of love, fill our hearts with love for all your people. Move us to treat all people with kindness and respect and to work to make the world a better place for everyone to live in. Amen.’
Monday 9th March
This week, our assembly message is: “Jesus’ face shone like the sun."
In this week’s gospel, we heard how Jesus went up a mountain with the brothers James and John, but when he got to the top, his face began shining like the sun and his clothes were as white as the light. Whilst there, they heard a voice from the clouds which said, ‘This is my son, and I am proud of him.’
The children thought about who the voice was and how it would have made the disciples feel.
The children thought about how our lives are changed by Jesus, just as the disciples lives had been changed, as Jesus lives in all of us.
The children thought and shared what they would do this Lent to change their lives and the lives of other people.
This week’s prayer is:
God of love, help us to be like your Son and make a real difference to the lives of our global family. Amen.
Monday 2nd March
This week, our assembly message is: “Jesus fasted for forty days and nights and was tempted."
In this week’s gospel, we heard how Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit so that the devil could test him. He fasted for 40 days and nights and was very hungry after. During this time, the devil tested him.
The children thought about what the desert would be like, and how Jesus would have felt after being in the desert.
The children thought about what being tempted meant, and they shared examples of when they had been tempted and how this felt.
This week’s prayer is:
Christ Jesus, help us to take only what we need and to make good choices, so that we can all share God’s world more fairly.
Monday 24th February
This week, our assembly message is: “Love your enemies."
In this week’s gospel, Jesus spoke to his disciples about loving their enemies and not trying to get even when people have done things wrong.
The children thought about what Jesus meant by this. They shared examples of when people have shared with them and when they haven’t. They shared how this made them feel.
The children thought about people all around the world. To finish our assembly, we talked about ways that we could share with others far and near.
This week’s prayer is:
God of love, help us to share generously with all those who do not have enough in our world, to love one another wherever we may be, and to make the world a fairer place for everyone.
Monday 10th February
This week, our assembly message is: “You are the light of the world."
After listening to this week’s gospel, the children thought about what was meant when the gospel discusses people being like salt and light. We lit a torch, and put the torch under a blanket, and thought about how the light was hidden.
The children thought about what it meant when Jesus said, ‘You are the light of the world.’
The children shared ideas of how they can keep their light shining this week.
Monday 3rd February
This week, our assembly message is: “My eyes have seen your saving power."
This week, the children celebrated, ‘The Presentation of the Lord.’ The children listened to the Gospel by Luke, which explained how Jesus was presented in the temple, and how Simeon had treated the baby Jesus. The children thought about how this would have made Mary and Joseph feel.
The children reflected on how our faith tells us that each person, no matter who they are, is made in the image of God. This means that we can see something special in each and every person.
To end our assembly, the children thought about how they can treat others to show that they recognise how important and special all people are.
Monday 27th January
This week, our assembly message is: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near"
This week, the children listened to our weekly gospel. After, they thought about who the people living in darkness were and where they thought the light came from.
This week, we also developed our other faith understanding, with a focus on the Sikh religion.
The children listened to facts about the Sikh faith and developed their understanding of what Sikh people believe.
Monday 13th January
This week, our assembly message is: “When Jesus had been baptised and had been praying, the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit came upon him "
This week celebrates the Baptism of the Lord. The children listened to the gospel, and they thought about who the voice from heaven was and about what it said. The children thought about water and the different uses it has. To end our assembly, the children thought about how they could save important resources, like water, to help others and our world.
Monday 6th January
This week, our assembly message is: “We have come from the East to worship the King"
The children listened to this week’s Gospel where Matthew explains the 3 kings' journey to see the new born baby Jesus. The children thought about how King Herod would have felt when he heard the Kings were travelling to find baby Jesus. We spoke about how we do not always have a star to follow, but we can still follow what God asks us to do. The children shared ways they thought God helps us choose the right path.
Monday 2nd December
This week, our gospel message is: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”
Yesterday marked the first Sunday in Advent. Today, we had a very special gospel assembly and Advent Wreath blessing. The Advent wreaths form a special part of our Advent journey and will help us prepare for the coming of Christmas. At the end of each day, the children will light their wreaths and hold a quiet reflection focusing on a daily prayer which will then be added to their displays. Please also look out for the Advent travelling cribs that the children bring home. Please also join us for our Advent Liturgies, Christingle, Nativities and mass if you can.
Monday 25th November
CHRIST THE KING
This week, our assembly message is: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel and heard how Jesus was laughed at while on the cross, and how two thieves have different things to say to him while they also were on the cross. The children thought about why the crowds said Jesus should be able to save himself. The children listened to what the 2 thieves said to Jesus, and how Jesus said he would remember the second thief, and he would give him peace and forgiveness in heaven. We talked about Jesus being ‘the King of Kings.’ We thought about ways we could serve those around us – helping them like Jesus did.
Monday 18th November
This week, our assembly message is: “Your endurance will win you your life!"
The children listened to this week’s Gospel where Jesus spoke about the temple being destroyed. We thought about the places where there were wars, earthquakes and people were hungry, and we looked at the earthquake in Indonesia in 2018. The children thought about how Jesus said do not be afraid, and how he said he would always be with his people as long as they believed in him. The children thought about how they could help others when natural disasters took place.
Monday 11th November
This week, our assembly message is: “We will remember them!"
The children listened to this week’s Gospel. After this we thought about Remembrance Sunday. The children reflected on what Remembrance Sunday means, and we thought about all the people, all over the world, who have fought for what they believe in and for the freedom of others. The children watched some of the parade at the cenotaph in London and discussed why we have a minutes silence. In class, the children will be completing Remembrance activities and we will hold a minutes silence at 11am. The Y6 class will be attending the service at St Michael’s later this morning.
The children listened to this week’s Gospel. The children heard how a tax collector was desperate to see Jesus when he visited his town. When Jesus saw the tax collector up a tree, he told him to come down and said he must stay at his house. The others in the crowd were not happy as the tax collector was a sinner. Jesus helped the tax collector change his life, and he helped him to be a better person. The children thought about why the tax collector wasn’t happy despite being one of the richest people in the town. We then thought about how we could change our actions to ensure we treat everyone with respect and fairness.
Monday 14th October
This week, our message is: “It seems that no one has returned to give thanks to God except for one!"
The children listened to this week’s Gospel and also watched a video which showed the story. The children thought about how the lepers would have felt after they had been sent away from their family and friends to be on their own. After this, we spoke about how only one leper came back to thank Jesus. The children thought about where the other lepers may have gone. Maybe they were so desperate to get back to their families that they forgot to say thank you? We discussed which gifts we have been given from God, and how we would show our thanks this week.
Monday 7th October
This week, our message is: “If you had faith!"
The children listened to this week’s Gospel and we discussed the story. The children thought about ways they could increase their faith. We explored how a mustard seed is really tiny and how Jesus was saying that even if we only have a small amount of faith we can do amazing things. Even if we can’t move trees we might be able to make big changes to the world around us.
Monday 30th September
This week, our message is: “Good things come to those who share and aren’t selfish."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel and we discussed the story of the rich and poor men. We thought about each of the men’s actions, and we discussed how they behaved and what God would have thought of this.
The children thought about how they could share the things they have with others, and we discussed how they could help people less fortunate than themselves.
Monday 23rd September
This week, our message is: “You cannot be slaves both of God and of money."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel and we discussed how a steward is someone who looks after money, property or other valuable things. The steward in the story today looked after a rich man's property and money.
The children thought about the big and little things which were important to them. We discussed how this week, they could try to do what is right and to share God’s love for everyone with all the people that they meet, particularly those people who seem lonely or sad.
Monday 16th September
This week, our message is: “There will be great rejoicing in heaven, over one repentant sinner."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel and we discussed the 3 parables Jesus told: The Parable of the Lost Son, The Parable of the Lost Coin and The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
The children spoke about the things they had lost or misplaced that were valuable. They shared how they felt when these things had gone missing. At the end of our assembly, the children shared how they would use the message of forgiveness and love in their lives this week.
Monday 9th September
Yesterday, Sunday 8th September, marked Education Sunday. On Education Sunday, Catholics are encouraged to reflect on the Church’s enormous contribution in this country and pray for all those involved in Catholic education.
The Catholic Education Service (CES) is the agency of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales charged with safeguarding and promoting our remarkable network of successful Catholic schools. The CES represents Catholic education to the Government, Ofsted and other national bodies to ensure Catholic schools are empowered to flourish.
This week, the children focused on Education Sunday and our message was: “Form and flourish – unless you are ready to give up all that you possess, you cannot be my disciple.”
The children listened to this week’s Gospel and we discussed what they thought it means to ‘take up your cross and come with me.’ We discussed ‘Form and Flourish,’ and what the children thought this meant to them and their education.
“True education enables us to love life and opens us up to the fullness of life.’ – Pope Francis
Monday 17th June
This week our assembly message is: “Whatever the Father has is mine. The Spirit will receive what I give you and tell you about it.”
The children listened to this week’s Gospel about the Holy Trinity. The children thought about what the Holy Trinity is and shared this. They then thought about their own families and the children discussed how we all have different roles and responsibilities within our family. We finished by asking the Holy Spirit to help us and thinking of ways we can listen more closely.
Monday 10th June
This week our assembly message is: “As the Father sent me, so I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The children listened to this week’s Gospel from Pentecost Sunday. The children heard how Jesus had appeared in the room with the disciples. They thought about how this would have made the disciples feel. They shared ideas about what they thought the gifts of the Holy Spirit were and how we use these in our lives every day.
Monday 3rd June
This week our assembly message is: “May they all become one.”
The children listened to this week’s Gospel. In the gospel, we heard Jesus prayed to God – not just for the followers who were there, but for everyone who had faith. The children thought about how they are all different; we remembered that this makes us all special. We then thought about how we are all the same, and all part of God’s family.
Tuesday 7th May
This week our assembly message is: “Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.”
The children listened to this week’s Gospel. In the gospel, we heard how the disciples were fishing, but could not catch any fish. Jesus directed them where to fish and suddenly, the net was full! The children spoke about the times they have shared a meal with family and friends and how and why this is fun and important.
Monday 29th April
This week our assembly message is: “After eight days, Jesus came in and stood among them."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel where they heard how the disciples had locked themselves away following Jesus’ death, and how Jesus had appeared to them in the locked room. Jesus said to the disciples: “Peace be with you.” The children thought about what peace meant to them, and shared examples of how we can share Peace with those around us.
Monday 8th April
This week our assembly message is: " “Let the person among you without sin throw the first stone."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel about a lady who had sinned. The lady was told to stand in the middle of a crowd, and the crowd were calling for her to be stoned to death! Jesus started writing in the sand, and told the crowd ‘If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone.’ All of the crowd walked away. The children thought about what it means to sin, and what we need to say and do to prove we are sorry for this. We also spoke about not judging others.
Monday 1st April
This week our assembly message is: "You are always with me, and everything I have is yours."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel about the Prodigal Son, and we discussed how the man felt when his son went away and then came back again.
The children thought carefully about the message the man gave to his sons.
This week, we have also learned about the world religion – Buddhism. The children explored the origins of Buddhism and discovered more about the Buddhist Faith.
Monday 25th March
This week our assembly message is: "Leave the tree for another year and I will help it grow."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel, and we discussed how the man felt when his fig tree did not produce fruit. He wanted to cut the tree down, but a gardener encouraged him to leave the tree to grow for another year.
The children thought about how the tree hadn’t done what it was supposed to do, and they related this to themselves – we don’t always do what we are supposed to. The children thought about: ‘if the tree is us, who is the gardener?’ The children discussed how the gardener is like Jesus.
This week, we will be remembering that God gives us the chance to change and to share what we have. We are going to do all that we can to make sure that all people have the things that they need to live.
Monday 4th March
This week our assembly message is: "What a person says comes from what is in the heart."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel, and we discussed how Jesus is saying it is much easier to notice the tiniest mistake that someone else has made, rather than to see our own mistakes and what we have done wrong. We thought about what this meant to us.
We discussed how Jesus said we must change the way we act before we can expect anyone else to change. If we cannot be good and do what is right, how can we ask other people to do the same?
The children thought for a while about how they could change something they may be doing wrong, and how they would use the goodness in their heart to change it.
Monday 25th February
This week our assembly message is: "Be merciful as your Father is merciful."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel, and we discussed how Jesus told the disciples how he wanted them to treat each other.
The children then thought about what it is like to receive gifts, and how it feels to give gifts. They thought about which gifts they can offer and how they will use them this week.
Monday 11th February
This week our assembly message is: "They left everything and followed Jesus."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel, and we discussed how Jesus’ disciples felt when their nets filled with fish. The children thought about what it means to be ‘Fishers of people.’
We had an extra part to our assembly today. Every 4 weeks, the children are going to explore a world religion. This week, we looked at Islam. The children were given pictures and information about Islam. They then thought about similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity and spoke about these with each other.
Monday 4th February
This week our assembly message is: "No prophets are liked by the people of their own town.
The children listened to this week’s Gospel, and we discussed how the people felt – they were angry by what Jesus had said.
We thought about the message, ‘no prophets are liked by the people of their own town.’ The children linked this to their own lives by thinking about ordinary people who do special things. They thought about the special talents they have and how they can use these this week.
Monday 28th January
This week our assembly message is: "Proclaim the good news to the poor."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel, and they discussed the passage, and how it describes to Jesus what he has been sent to do.
Jesus was sent to bring good news to the poor. The children thought about what this meant in today’s world.
Thank you to our chaplains who have helped to plan and set up this week’s liturgy.
Monday 21st January
This week our assembly message is: "World Faith Day – We are all God’s Children."
The children listened to this week’s Gospel, and they discussed the miracle which Jesus performed turning water into wine. We thought about how we cannot perform miracles; we can help others.
Today is World Faith Day, and the children have explored some of the main world faiths. The children saw how people living in the same area or country can have different faiths. We thought about how the religions are similar and how all they all promote love and togetherness.
Every month, we will focus on a different world faith to allow the opportunity for children to find out more about the religion.
Monday 7th January
We have started off our school year with an assembly to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.
This week our gospel message is: “We have come from the East to worship the King."
The children listened to Matthew’s Gospel, and discussed what Herod told the three wise men. The children thought about why they had a dream telling them not to go back to Herod.