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					Sowing Seeds of Hope – Harvest Assembly
Introduction 1. [Show slide 1.] [Hold up two seeds and show slide 2.] 2. What do these seeds have the potential to be? [Take answers – plants.] [Show slide 3.] 3. What do they need in order to reach their potential and grow into plants? [Take ideas. Stick up the following signs around both seeds as the pupils contribute – water, air, light, soil, warmth.] [Show slide 4.] 4. If I were to remove these conditions from one of my seeds, what would happen? [Move signs accordingly. Take ideas – ie that the seed would not grow.]

The parable of the sower (Matt 13:1-23, Mk 4:1-20, Lk 8:1-15) 1. In the Bible, Jesus used the example of planting seeds to teach people an important lesson. We can find the story he told in the Bible. [Read the parable of the sower, with the children following on slide 5.] 2. What happened to each seed? Were the conditions important? [Refer back to slide 5.] 3. Yes! The seeds needed exactly the right conditions to grow. 4. Jesus was teaching people that we are like seeds. We need to make sure we have the right conditions in our lives to grow as Jesus wants us to. 5. We need to make good choices about the way we speak and act so that we grow up to please God and be a blessing to others.

Our potential 1. Imagine yourself as a seed. [Display the outline of a person under the seed with right conditions.] [Show slide 6.] 2. What do you have the potential to be? What do you want to be when you grow up? [Take some ideas.] 3. Are there things you will need in order to reach your goal? [Take ideas – education, shelter, food, love, etc, then stick these ideas around the outline of the person below the seed-growing conditions.]

Children in poverty 1. We all need to have the right conditions to reach our goals. 2. But, sadly, many children in other parts of the world do not have the things they need. They are like this seed: they have potential, but not the conditions needed to flourish. [Display the second person beneath the seed without the growing conditions needed.] 3. In this country, everybody is given a free education. But in some countries, this is not so. 4. Some children do not even have shelter and food. So they do not have a chance to dream about what they would like to be when they are older.

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Maya’s story 1. I am going to tell you the story of a girl called Maya. [Show slide 7.] Maya is a young girl from a village in northern India. [Show India on map/globe or ask for a volunteer to find India. Then stick the arrow on the map.] 2. The children in Maya’s village do not have the chance to go to school. 3. Most of the children work as labourers in the fields, farming so that they can get food to eat. [Show slide 8.] It is very hard work. 4. Many of the children get married and have their own children very young, which means that they have to work to support their children as well as themselves. 5. The people in Maya’s village live in poverty. Does anyone know what that means? It means that they do not have their basic needs met: their need for food, for warmth and for shelter. [Show slide 9.] 6. Maya was heading for a life like this. 7. But, some people from a church opened some hostels in north India that offer children from poor rural areas a route out of poverty. 8. The hostels give children from poor villages a place to live near schools in the town of Ahmednagar. The hostels give children a bed, food, books, uniform, medicine and school fees. [Show slide 10.] 9. Children who go there can also make friends, play and learn about God. 10. Maya was fortunate enough to go to one of these hostels. 11. She passed all her exams at school and then trained as a nurse. She is now working at a hospital in the town of Ahmednagar. She is the only nurse there and she helps the doctor with his work, by giving injections, caring for people and even delivering babies! She is able to really help and bless others. She can also support her family at home with the money that she earns. In fact, she is helping to pay for her sister’s wedding! [Show slide 11.] 12. Thanks to these hostels, Maya was given the conditions she needed to grow. [Point to the seeds/people again.] 13. As a result of her education, she not only supports herself, but she is a blessing to her family and her community too.

How can we help? 1. In this country, we have the conditions we need to reach our potential. 2. I wonder what we can do to help more people around the world to have the conditions they need to grow too? [Show slide 12.] 3. The wonderful news is that, as a school, we can do something to help people like Maya. 4. USPG: Anglicans in World Mission is the church charity based in London that supports the hostels that Maya attended. 5. We can support them so that they can help even more people to reach their potential. [At this point, mention the fundraising ideas that children in your school will participate in.] [Show slide 13.]

USPG: Anglicans in World Mission, 200 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YB USPG Ireland, Inis d’or, Gobadruish, Mohill, Co Leitrim

Reflection Let us close our eyes for a moment and think about what we have heard today. Each of us has the potential to grow and flourish. But we need the right conditions to reach our full potential. We need shelter. We need food. We need warmth. We need people to look after us. We need an education. Think about all the things you have. Are you thankful for these things? Now think about people in parts of the world who do not have what we have. Think about how you could play your part to help them.

Prayer Dear Lord, thank you that you created each of us with great potential to grow up as people who do good things. Thank you for providing us with all that we need to grow and flourish. Please provide for people who are living in poverty. Please help us to do all we can to help people living in poverty, so that they too can reach their potential. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

USPG: Anglicans in World Mission, 200 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YB USPG Ireland, Inis d’or, Gobadruish, Mohill, Co Leitrim

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