Near and Far. Sunday March 25
This month the Young Assemblers will explore how young people around the world live. What do they eat? What games do they play? How do they celebrate important life events? How are they different, and in what ways are they the same as us?
Come along if you are curious, if you’re into meeting new people, playing games and finding out about stuff.
And you will learn some magic tricks… (Two tricks this time; we missed one last time) … Including the one below. See you there.
Young Assembly is for young people, 7+ years old, (or younger if accompanied by an adult). We meet at the same time and place as the main Assembly, leaving just after the first song and rejoining just before the end.
SUNDAY 25 February – SENSES – REPORT
Last month Young Assembly did the senses. Turns out there are quite a lot of them – seventeen or more.
We can start with the traditional five: hearing, sight, taste, smell, touch. But touch can be sub-divided into:
pressure, temperature, pain and itch,
so we’re up to eight.
Then there are the inward-facing ones:
hunger and thirst, bowels and bladder, proprioception (knowing where your limbs are), balance, direction, stretch (found in lungs, stomach, bladder, etc), chemoreceptors (awareness of CO2 levels, and other chemical imbalances).
On top of those is what we might call the ‘sixth sense’ though it’s not as spooky as it sounds, it is our awareness of the state of mind of others, which we understand by their body language, the nuances of their voice, and their pheromones, or chemical signals which they emit and we pick up with our nose.
WOW! We then asked which was the most important, and then what would be our super-power.
Up came “X-ray vision”. Nice one! Did you know that dolphins already have that? They use echoes to find their way about, and the sounds they send out bounce off the objects they meet – say a wall – and detect vibrations from the objects on the other side, so the return echo includes this information.
“What about being able to see in the dark?” Useful indeed, as pit vipers can tell you. They can see infra-red, which means they detect the heat give off by other animals. Even in the pitch dark they can find mice, voles, and other snacks.
That was all we had time for, before we went back to the church and showed them a magic trick about proprioception.
The March programme will be up soon.
How many senses do you have? Are you sure? Are your senses the same as mine? Do we see the same colours? Hear the same sounds? Do we feel the same pain? On Feb 25th we’ll learn some magic tricks that fool the senses, and maybe test them out on the assemblists in the church. (But don’t tell them).
Well done everyone for joining in the games and chats on the 28th of January. Friendship is an important issue for young people. We all have memories of losing old friends or finding new friends, and the emotional power of the experience.
We learned about mirror neurons – the way we are psychologically linked to each other, so that, in a way, we are ‘friends’ even if we don’t think so.
If you love coming to Sunday Assembly – but your kids aren’t so keen – we now have a solution…
Science Festival Organiser Richard Robinson plans to take some of the children over to the Sweet Dukebox theatre, right across the road during the talks, and keep them amused: teach them a game or two, share some magic tricks and have a discussion about something Sunday Assembly-ish.
And since our theme for January is ‘Outsiders’, we can talk about friends, and what it’s like to lose a friend, or to make one. For older kids, the role of social media in secondary school will be an interesting talking point.
Please let us know if you are interested so we can make plans.
You can email Richard on email@example.com