Advent Assembly 1
To teach the children about some of the meaning of
the season of Advent
Musical instruments, simple props as suggested by
The theme is Preparations
Hymn: When is he coming?
1. Hello and welcome to our class
assembly. In our RE lessons, we have been learning about Preparations.
2. We need to prepare ourselves for things
in lots of different ways. Here are some of the preparations that we
need to make to be ready for school on time.
(responses from the children)
Wash my hands.
Brush my teeth.
Pack my lunch box.
Brush my hair.
Get my bag ready.
3. Advent is a time of preparation for
Christmas. It is a time to think about our lives and what we need to
change about them to be ready to meet Jesus at Christmas.
4. Here is a short piece of drama that we
have prepared that looks at the theme of Advent.
Play (developed with the children to
include instruments, gestures etc.)
John the Baptist
A tax collector
Friend (Enters singing and holding a
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year
(They literally bump into each other)
Narrator: Hello Fred. What are you doing?
Friend: Getting ready to celebrate
Christmas of course. What do you think?
Narrator: But it's not Christmas yet!
Friend: Not Christmas! Of course it's
Christmas! Haven't you seen all of the cards and decorations in the
shops. They've been there since at least August.
Narrator: It's not Christmas until the
25th of December. It's the season of Advent at the moment.
Friend: Advent! What's that?
Narrator: Let me tell you. It all began
many, many years ago with a man called Abraham.
Abraham: Here I am an old, old man. God
has been very good to me. He promised my wife and I that we would have
a child and we did, even though she was very old!
Then, when the boy, grew up, he asked me to kill him!
I'm glad that he changed his mind and let him live.
Whatever will He ask me to do next I wonder?
Isaac: Father, Father, we've loaded all of
the animals with your possessions. The slaves are ready, the sheep, the
goats, the food, our possessions and all of our relations.
Abraham: What do you mean ready?
Isaac: God wants us to go to another land
and start a new life.
Abraham: I'm far too old for this. I think
I need a lie down!
Friend: So Abraham trusted God and
did as he was told. That's all very interesting, but what's that got to
do with Advent?
Narrator: Well after Abraham agreed to
follow God, He stayed with the Jewish people and made them into a great
nation. He then made a special promise to their greatest ruler: King
Herald: Make way, make way for the great
King David of Israel.
(to the king) How did you become such a great king, Sire?
King David: A great king I am now, but it
wasn't always so. As a boy, I was a lowly shepherd who was called by
God to kill the giant Goliath who was threatening our people.
Herald: God has been very good to you
King David: He has indeed but that is not
all. He has promised to make one of my descendants king after me, but
this king will be very special.
Herald: Why is that, Your Majesty?
King David: Well, my boy, this king will
Herald: How can that be?
King David: I don't know, but we must
always trust God.
Friend: So God promised King David that
one of his descendants would rule after him?
Narrator: Yes, but the Jewish people had
to wait a great many years before Jesus, the Messiah, would come. Have
you heard of a man called John the Baptist?
Friend: Wasn't he the one who dressed in
animal skins, ate wild honey and frightened people?
Narrator: Well he didn't really frighten
people, he just wanted to prepare the way for Jesus by making people
think about the wrong things that they were doing and change their
John: Repent! Repent! Repent I say! Come
to the water and be baptised.
Tax collector: Who's he?
Soldier: Search me. Looks a bit odd
though. Look at his clothes and as for the honey stuck in his beard. I
bet he hasn't got many friends.
Tax collector: Or a washing machine!
John: You, tax collector.
Tax collector: Who, me?
John: Stop stealing money from the poor
and change your ways or God will be angry with you.
Soldier: Who, me?
John: Stop bullying people and taking
their property or God will punish you.
Tax collector (to soldier): Do you think
Soldier: Perhaps he is. Let's change our
ways and be baptised.
Friend: So Advent is a time for getting
Narrator: That's right. Advent is a time
when we wait for the coming of Jesus, just like the Jewish people of
old. It's also a time when we should think about the parts of our lives
that we need to change so that we can be ready to greet Him when he
Friend: Thanks for that. I suppose that I
had better get going
Narrator: And sing a different song.
Friend (departs with tree, singing,
leaving the tree behind):
When is He coming? When oh when is He coming, the Redeemer?
Bless everyone in the world. We hope that they will have a good
Christmas and that you will look after everyone. Please forgive us for
what we have done wrong and spread peace and happiness around the world.
Advent is a time for forgiveness. So let us forgive people who have
done wrong to us and hope that we may be forgiven by those who we have
done wrong to. Let the people in Afghanistan be safe this Christmas and
let them be happy. May the war end soon and let people and families
around the world be happy and safe.
Please look after my friends and other people. We ask you especially to
take care of those who are without money or food.
Help us not to think that Christmas is a time for presents and a time
to fill ourselves up with food, but to remember that it is a time to be
with your family and to celebrate Christ's birthday.
Let us now spend a few moments in silent prayer for our own needs and
for the needs of the world...
Let us now say the Our Father together...
5. Let us now close our eyes and put our
hands together as we say our prayers this morning.
6. Thank you for listening to our
assembly this morning. We hope that you have enjoyed it.
Let us now sing the final hymn 'Winter Time, Advent Time' together
Hymn: Winter Time, Advent Time