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Secondary Schools Assemblies Resource Book

By Charlotte Benstead

Suitable for Whole School

To compare the human body with the body of Christ, that is, the Church.

Preparation and materials
• Ask some students to read the facts about the body (see point 2).
• Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 12.12–26.

1. Begin by telling your audience that they are amazing, really amazing – well, their bodies are, anyway.
2. Ask your readers to read out the following facts:

  • The body is composed of 70 trillion cells. That’s 70 million million cells! 80 percent of your body is water.
  • You breathe enough air throughout your lifetime to fill 10 million balloons.
  • The heart pumps 5 litres of blood through the body at any one time. An average heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
  • There are about 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the body. Put end to end, they could wrap around the world 2.5 times.
  • You consume 30 tons of food throughout your life.
  • The body’s bacteria could fill a soup can.
  • The average head has 100,000 hairs, each living for about 2 to 4 years.Under normal conditions, during strenuous exercise you can secrete 2 pints of sweat per hour.
  • You secrete 17 gallons of tears throughout your lifetime.

3. Comment that the human body is a marvellous work of God’s creation. Every time you raise a finger or take a step, an infinite number of cells and nerves interact to produce such seemingly simple movements...

Taken from Secondary Schools Assemblies Resources Book edited by Stuart Kerner
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