15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 327
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
You might like to spend some time talking about the other stories Jesus told about lost things. Encourage the children to have a look in Luke 15 to find out what else Jesus talked about that was lost.
2. Starter question - 1 min
When was the last time you celebrated something? Perhaps it was your birthday... or Christmas… perhaps you’ve just celebrated winning a football match. We love to celebrate… we decorate our houses, buy party food and invite our friends round. But did you know that the angels in Heaven celebrate too? When do you think they celebrate?
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
A bag of coins
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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 - Hunt the coin
You will need: a coin and ‘There’s a coin in this room’ song (see Printables).
Ask for a volunteer to stand outside the room (make sure your arrangements comply with your church’s Policies and Procedures). While the volunteer isn’t looking ask one of the remaining children to hide a coin somewhere in the room. When the coin has been concealed, invite the volunteer back into the room to try and find the coin. The other children can help by singing ‘There’s a coin in this room’. The children should start singing quietly and then get louder as the volunteer gets closer to the coin. The singing should guide the volunteer to the coin.
Play the game again asking a different child to stand outside while the coin is hidden.
Option 3 - Toss the coin
You will need: A handful of coins, the broom used to illustrate the story and masking tape.
Stick a strip of masking tape to the floor. At about two meters from the tape lay the broom down on the floor. Make sure the broom handle is parallel to the tape. Encourage the children to take turns standing behind the line of tape and trying to toss coins over the broom handle. Give a child a point every time a coin lands the other side of the handle. The child with the most number of points is the winner.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, thank you for the wonderful story of the lost coin. We imagine the woman searching high and low until she found her precious coin.
Thank you that this story shows how much you love each of us. Thank you that we are even more precious to you than the coin was to the woman. Thank you that you love us so much that you long for each one of us to be close friends with you. Thank you that when a person says ‘Yes’ to your love and forgiveness the angels in Heaven celebrate. Amen.
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