Turn To Me (Assembly)
Theme - Sharing problems
Story - by John Kenward (approx 10 mins)
...Later that morning, Dad asked the girls to walk down to the end of the road to the mini-supermarket to get some extra lemonade for the party. As they left the house Sarah noticed her brother with three other boys she didn’t recognise. They were walking in a group, further up the street. She and Karen crossed the road carefully, and went into the shop. They were delighted to find two bottles of lemonade for the price of one, and joined the small queue at the checkout.
Out the corner of her eye Sarah thought she saw David slip into the shop, or perhaps it could have been one of the other boys he had been with. Once they’d paid for the drink, Karen headed for the exit, but Sarah held back, curious as to whether it really had been her brother with those boys. She glanced back up the shopping aisle before she went to follow Karen.
Through a crowd of people she saw the boy from behind, and realised that it must be David, as it was definitely his baseball cap. A second later, she wished she hadn’t looked, as she saw the boy take a chocolate bar off the shelf and stuff it into his jeans pocket. David? A shoplifter? She watched, horrified, as two other boys put their thumbs up to him through the glass window.
Heart thumping, Sarah turned away in a hurry to catch up with Karen, who was out of the shop by this time. Her mind raced. Surely David wasn't a shoplifter? ...
Song - by Peter O'Hare
A rock style song about friendship. 'When it all goes wrong... Turn to me: I'll be your friend.' Very easy to teach and learn, with a simple structure. The uplifting middle-8 and the counter-melody at the end make this a good song for junior choir too. (Sample on the audio player above.)
Reflection Points - samples
1. Why didn’t Sarah confide in Karen straight away when she thought she saw her brother shoplifting?
2. Why is it important to have someone to turn to when you need help or support?
3. Why might Karen’s brother have needed someone to turn to?
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