15 minute Story planner
Luke 9 and 10
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 318
For a printable version of today’s story see Printables
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The life of Jesus FlashCards' cards one to five
2. Starter question - 1 min
Can you think of five things you might take with you on holiday? Perhaps you might take a game, or a book, perhaps a CD? If you were going somewhere hot would you take an extra t-shirt? If it was somewhere cold, an extra jumper or two? How about some clean socks and a spare pair of shoes? Sometimes it's difficult to know what to take!
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
A bag, a jumper, money in a purse and sandals
'Names of the disciples' textboxes (see Printables)
A tray of sand or soil (to represent the dust)
'Frog and text' template (see Printables)
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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Jumping frogs
You will need: 'Frog and text' templates, a blue piece of fabric and rolled up newspaper. Before the session print or photocopy sufficient frogs for one per child. Cut out the frogs.
Tell the story using the props listed above. Give each child a paper frog and help them to fold the thick dotted lines outwards and the thin dotted lines inwards. The body of the frog should now be slightly raised.
Encourage the children to sit in a circle and place the blue fabric in the middle. The fabric represents a pond. Each child needs to be about one meter from the ‘pond’. Encourage the children to place their frogs on the floor facing the pond. They can either move the frog by blowing it, or by beating the floor directly behind with rolled up newspaper. This will create a breeze that will make the frog jump forwards a little. When all the frogs are in the pond remind the children what F.R.O.G stands for and talk briefly about how God wants each one of us to rely on him everyday, trusting that he will look after us.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Make sure the children remain in a circle with the 'pond' (blue fabric) in the centre. Encourage the children to hold their paper frog. Briefly talk about how God wants each one of us to rely on him everyday, trusting that he will look after us. Say a short prayer leaving gaps for children to silently add their own thoughts.
'Father God we thank you that you love us very, very much. Please help us to trust you and to fully rely on you every single day. Thank you that you know what is best for us and promise to never leave us on our own. Amen.'
Invite the children to place their frogs in the pond as they say 'Amen' as a reminder that they have prayed the prayer with you.
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