242 - Joseph


15 minute Story planner

Matthew 1
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 278

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 two

As a carpenter Joseph would have made tools for farming and utensils for the kitchen. He would also have built items of furniture, doors and beams for houses. Before reading the story you may wish to explain what a family tree is.

2. Starter question - 1 min  

Do you like to build or make things? Perhaps you know a game about building things, or you’ve made models out of Lego or clay?

Over two thousand years ago a man called Joseph lived in Nazareth. Every work day he worked hard in his workshop; cutting, sanding and nailing. Joseph was a carpenter; his job was to make things out of wood.

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Some sand paper and a small piece of wood (a wooden brick would be suitable)

  • A picture of Rahab’s window (page 93 of The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories)

  • A picture of Ruth (page 123 of The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories)

  • A picture of King David (page 158 The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories)

  • An angel in a dream (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 - Story stocking
You will need: a Christmas stocking and ‘Story words’ (see Printables) cut into slips.

Tell the story then play the following game. Explain that you are going to call out a word. Ask the children to stand up. If the children think the word was in the story they should remain standing if they think it wasn’t they should sit down.

Read out the words on the slips of paper. Once the children have decided whether to sit or remain standing tell the children if they are correct. If the word was in the story place it in the stocking.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins

Father God we think about the story. We imagine Joseph working hard in his workshop... chopping, sawing, sanding.

We imagine Joseph's surprise when he heard that Mary was going to have a baby and then his great joy when the angel told him that the baby would be God's special Son. Father we remember Joseph's obedience and kindness as he cared for Mary while they waited for the Baby to arrive.

Father we remember that Joseph was an ordinary person. We remember that although the Christmas Story is an extraordinary story it's also about ordinary people who trusted you and longed to see you at work among them. Father we pray that we too will trust you and like Joseph long to see you at work in the lives of people around us bringing peace and great joy this Christmas time. Amen.

With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.

Alongside this story, make the craft...

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