Rapid Response:
Rapid response assemblies are provided on the site when there is an event in the news, good or bad, that touches children's lives, so we can offer you a way to acknowledge it in your collective worship.


By Rebecca Parkinson

Suitable for Whole School



To highlight that before we arrive at school each day we all have different experiences that can change the mood we are in at school.

Preparation and materials


You will need:

  • 6 pieces of card with the words ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘worried’, ‘excited’, ‘tired’ (‘grumpy’) and ‘sick’ written in large letters on them.
  1. Explain to the children that when they arrive at school each day they will all be feeling different. Various things will have happened to them that morning that will influence the way they feel.
  2. Ask the children for ideas as to what could have happened to make them feel a certain way. For example:
    – if their goldfish had died that morning, they would be feeling sad;
    – if they were going on holiday later that day, they would be excited;
    – if they had gone to bed very late the night before, they would feel tired!
  3. Share with the children about times when you have felt in different moods as you arrived at school. For example:
    – you might have been up all night with an unwell child and therefore arrived at school feeling more grumpy than normal;
    – or you may have felt rather ill but came into school because you didn’t want to take the time off.
  4. Ask the children how our feelings could affect our behaviour. For example:
    – if we are tired, we might be grumpy;
    – if we are sad, we might be more quiet than usual and not want to join in playing with our friends as much as normal;
    – if we are worried, we might get irritable more easily, etc.
  5. Hold up the cards and read them out.

    Explain to the children that you are not going to ask them why they are feeling the way they do, but that you would like volunteers to come out and hold the card that best describes how they are feeling today.
  6. Explain that none of these feelings are wrong but are part of everyone’s life. In fact, the Bible (the special book for Christians) tells us that Jesus felt happy, scared, tired and sad. We need to learn to try to understand that our friends are feeling different things and care for them all the time.

    The Bible talks a lot about ‘love’. In 1 Corinthians 13.4, it says, ‘Love is patient, love is kind.’ We need to try to understand people around us, and to be patient and kind to one another no matter what mood other people (or we ourselves) are in!


Time for reflection


Close your eyes for a moment and think about your day so far. Has something already happened today to put you in a particular mood?

Think about those around you and try to remember that they may not be feeling the same way as you.

Think for a moment if there is someone who you find it hard to get on with. Decide to make a special effort to be kind to them today and to try to understand their point of view.


Dear God,

Thank you that you know me very well and that you love me.
Please help me to be patient with other people even when they make me cross!
Please help me to try to understand them and be kind and caring.


Suggested song


‘When I needed a neighbour’ (Come and Praise, 65)





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