Today was the third in a week of assemblies at Mold Alun High School. The theme of the assemblies is around the scripture from Ecclesiastes 4 Verse 17 which says "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken." The assembly started with an illustration of strength: Wendy told the pupils how she has been working out recently to build her muscles up so she can beat her friends at a tug-of-war and so I was ready at one end of the rope and she at the other.
Within seconds of the countdown of 3... 2... 1... Wendy was literally being dragged across the floor and quite obviously lost the tug-of-war. She then called for back up from the audience so the rope now had me at one end and Wendy plus 4 volunteers at the other. To be honest at this point I did reckon I could still take them... Wendy was no competition and the volunteers were only year 7! However after another countdown it became obvious this would be a struggle and eventually I was the one being dragged along the floor (note for next time... grippy shoes!). After this illustration Wendy explained the bible verse which we projected on the wall. The pupils seemed really engaged and I think they definitely took away the message of being stronger in a friendship group than on your own when it comes to dealing with life troubles. Wendy went on to explain that the 'cord of three strands refer to the weaving of God into our relationships, and Christians believe that inviting God into our daily lives gives us even greater strength than standing with just friends or loved ones.
We ended with an illustration piece to show "strength in numbers". We asked the audience what they think the strongest shape in nature is, one student's hand went straight up and he got the answer right away. The strongest shape in nature is the egg, some students looked puzzled but we explained how if an egg is upright it can take an enormous amount of force so much so that for this illustration we had two boxes of a dozen eggs which we lined up in between two chairs. Wendy then let the chairs take her weight as she lowered her feet on the boxes of eggs... and no yoke a silence hit the room, but the eggs did indeed take her weight (just...) it was quite egg-citing and really was an egg-cellent and eggs-travagant way to demonstrate the strength in numbers message.
P.S. Sorry for the egg-ceptionally bad puns toward the end, I'll stop yolking around now, I'm no comedi-hen!
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