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Feel like the size of a pea...?


Matt & Sally have 16 assemblies under their belts so far this half-term (five to go!), all of them looking at the importance of the Pituitary Gland. This amazing thing weighs half a gram and, as the title hints, is about the size of a pea. Despite its size though, this gland is responsible for ensuring so many other parts of the body function correctly, namely:

Milk production in new mums

Child development

Healthy Muscles and Bone

Wellbeing in adults

Fat Distribution

Natural Survival Instincts

Blood pressure

Sugar levels

Recovery after illness

Metabolism

Energy Balance

Growth

Nervous System activity

Fertility

Water balance

Sodium levels

Rather important, then! Some of our young people feel rather insignificant in school; whether they have just arrived from a very small primary school or are feeling quite out of depth with impending GCSE exams. The consequence is feeling invisible, anonymous or - simply - the size of a pea! Using 1 Corinthians 12 to show how Christians believe we are all incredibly important parts of the (Church) body, we share how vital it is that we all adopt the same principle in recognising our self-worth, regardless of our personal belief.

This has been well received so far, and our hope is that it will continue to strike a chord with those who need to hear it.

A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it!

And in case you were wondering, here is the pituitary gland...it's the dewdrop bit at the bottom!


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