Caring for the World
To learn about caring for the world and everyone
White sheets to cover the mountains, three
blankets, masks for the cats, squirrels and rabbits, a sun and moon to
be held up to show day and night in the play, catalogues
The play is based on a book 'The Catalog' by J.
The animals can be replaced by ones familiar to the children
1. Good morning. Today's assembly is about caring for the
world and everyone in it.
2. Here is a play about three mountains.
They look after their animals - and, in return, the animals look after
1: Once upon a time, there were three mountains. They were in
a remote part of the world. Not much lived on them. They were bored and
lonely. During the day, they stood still under the sun. During the
night, they stood still under the moon.
NARRATOR 2: Then, one day, the postman
arrived. He gave each mountain a catalogue. The mountains looked
through the catalogues excitedly. They were full of wonderful things
that the mountains had never seen before.
NARRATOR 3: The first mountain turned to
page 10 and saw some cats. He thought they looked great, so he ordered
NARRATOR 4: The second mountain turned to
page 20 and saw some squirrels. He thought they looked great, so he
NARRATOR 5: The third mountain turned to
page 30 and saw some rabbits. He thought they looked great, so he
NARRATOR 1: Night fell. The mountains
dreamed of the animals they had ordered: the graceful cats, the
scampering squirrels and the hopping rabbits.
NARRATOR 2: Early the next morning, the
first mountain woke up. He looked down and smiled. There at his feet
were the cats he had ordered.
NARRATOR 3: The second mountain woke up.
He looked down and smiled. There at his feet were the squirrels he had
NARRATOR 4: The third mountain woke up.
He looked down and smiled. There at his feet were the rabbits he had
NARRATOR 5: All morning, the mountains
enjoyed the animals they had ordered and the animals enjoyed their
NARRATOR 1: Then afternoon came. The
animals became hungry, but there was no food for them.
Evening came. The sun set and the animals grew cold, but there was
nowhere warm for them to shelter.
The animals lay down on the ground and shivered, cold and hungry.
NARRATOR 2: Eventually the animals fell
asleep, exhausted and unhappy. The mountains felt awful. They realised
how selfish they had been. They had only thought of how much fun it
would be to have the animals. They had not thought of how the animals
would feel or of what they would need.
FIRST MOUNTAIN: We must do what we can to
stop the animals leaving us.
SECOND MOUNTAIN: No, we must do it
because it is our duty to look after them.
THIRD MOUNTAIN: No, we will be good to
them because we love them.
NARRATOR 3: So they looked through their
Next morning, there was a big box of food at the foot of each mountain:
meat for the cats, nuts for the squirrels and carrots for the rabbits.
The animals ate a hearty breakfast and played happily on the mountains
until lunchtime. Then they ate all over again.
NARRATOR 4: In the afternoon, more
goodies arrived: cushions for the cats, combs for the squirrels and
mirrors for the rabbits.
NARRATOR 5: Eventually, evening came. It
was cold again, even colder than the previous night, but the mountains
had an idea. They told the animals to snuggle up together. Then the
mountains stood over them making a warm shelter.
NARRATOR 1: The animals slept peacefully,
except for one of the cats. He got up to go for a stroll. He noticed
that now the mountains were shivering with cold. Winter was on the way.
CAT: We should look after our mountain
NARRATOR 2: He opened one of the
catalogues. He knew exactly what to order. The next day, three huge
NARRATOR 3: That night, the animals
wrapped the blankets around the mountains. Everyone was warm and
comfortable. Everyone slept well. And, when winter came, everyone was
The world is so big and we are so small. The world
is like a jigsaw puzzle made up of tiny pieces. Each piece is needed -
each plant, animal and person.
4. Let's close our eyes and imagine - a
day-old chick in our hands... so light and soft and chirpy...
5. Let's close our eyes and imagine - a
baby rabbit in our hands... with furry coat and silky ears...
6. Let's close our eyes and imagine - a
rose bud in our hands... so small and round and fragrant...
7. Lord, help us to appreciate the world
Help us to look and feel and smell and taste and listen.
And, especially, help us to be gentle and loving with everything and
everyone in your world. Amen.
8. We will now sing 'Morning has Broken!'
by E. Farjeon (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 490)