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 Ronni Lamont  


As with all rapid response assemblies, you might need to update this assembly prior to use.


Suitable for Whole School



A response to the exciting news that William and Kate are expecting a baby.

Preparation and resources
  • You might like to download pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20586343.
  • You will need a leader and two readers: one to play a newspaper seller and one to play a customer.



Reader 1: Read all about it! Read all about it! Royal baby on the way! Royal baby expected!

Reader 2: Oh, how exciting! When is it due?

Reader 1: Well, we don’t know. Kate was taken into hospital on Monday the third with morning sickness, but no one is naming a date.

Reader 2: Morning sickness? What’s that?

Reader 1: What it sounds like, I guess – she’s being sick in the morning.

Leader: Morning sickness – have any of your mums had that?
(Take a show of hands.)
Yes, lots of women get what we call morning sickness when they are first expecting a baby. In fact, it sometimes tells the woman that she is expecting a baby! And it’s often first thing in the morning that she feels sick, and may be sick.

Reader 2: But why has she gone into hospital? If lots of women get it, it must be common. Most women don’t go into hospital when they’re first pregnant.

Leader: No, most women don’t go into hospital until they actually have the baby – it’s a normal process, having a baby, after all! It sounds as if Kate’s got really bad morning sickness, and is being sick a lot – and we all know how bad that makes you feel. If she’s being sick whenever she has something to eat or drink, then she could dehydrate – not have enough water in her system – and that can make you very ill. Kate will be attached to a drip, which puts fluids back into her body to stop that from happening. And because the fluid goes straight in, through a vein, it doesn’t make her sick. They might also give her some special drugs too, to help control the sickness.

Reader 1: So when will she be out of hospital?

Leader: We don’t know, but it’s not likely that they’ll keep her in hospital for long, just long enough to get her feeling better, then she can go home and put her feet up, and her body will do the rest. It does mean we won’t see her quite so often on the news and in the papers for a while. It takes nine months to grow a human baby, and Kate and William are probably not up to the three-month marker yet. She should start to feel better once she’s about three months pregnant. Sometimes women feel sick for the whole nine months, but that’s unusual. Let’s hope she’s feeling better soon, and that the baby – who is third in line to the throne and will one day be our king or queen – is well and healthy, tucked away inside Kate’s tummy.

Reader 2: So we’re expecting two babies – one for our royal family and the other is baby Jesus, coming at Christmas! What an amazing month this is proving to be!


Time for reflection

(Show the images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.)

Let’s be quiet and thank God for the joy that babies bring to their mums and dads, grandparents, sisters and brothers.

So we think of the Queen, in her diamond jubilee year, and of how happy this news will have made her, too.

As we look forward to Christmas, and to the birth of the royal baby next summer, we say thank you for babies and the love and joy they bring.




‘The Virgin Mary had a baby boy’ (Come and Praise, 121)





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