A Visit From Neil (Woodford Baptist Church)

We started today’s assembly with a refreshing twist on our normal musical entrance, instead of just sound, we had visuals!

Today, the children enjoyed Coldplay’s ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ to brighten their glum Tuesday morning.

Parable of the Friend At Night

Neil told us of the ‘Friend at night’ – the persistent neighbour who needed some help.

He said to them, “Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,’ and he from within will answer and say, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give it to you’? I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs.”

— Luke 11:5-8

Neil asked for a few volunteers: the neighbour, the guest, the family who are pestered in the middle of the night.  With an awkward look, the family stood together in their imaginary home. Neil asked the husband what he thought of this situation and his new wife, to which he replied “weird”. Everyone found this hilarious!

Weird situations with husband and wife in today’s assembly.


Prep school

The family asleep in their home

We then walked through the parable and Neil asked us questions, about why Jesus would have taught this, throughout.

parable of the friend at night

The main theme of today was Perseverance, linking in with our school value this term. Neil explained that when the neighbour persisted, he eventually got what he needed. The next element of Neil’s assembly then moved on to ‘prayer’.

Prayer and Persistence

Who here prays?

Why do we pray?

Why do we have questions and why do we need guidance?

Our faith in God helps us get through hard times, confusing times and even successful times. If we keep on praying and asking, questioning and being grateful, God will eventually show us the truth and a way through. Neil explained that God wants to know how much we really mean what we’re asking for.

The Lord’s Prayer

We then finished our assembly with the Lord’s Prayer.

Once we had finished our prayer, Neil pointed out that we say ‘Our father’, ‘give us‘… We are not only praying for ourselves, but we are always praying for each other as well. We must give and give so that we may receive.


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