15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, pages 242, 243 and 244
Use the Old Testament flashcards to remind the children of the events leading up to today’s story. Explain that when the Israelites finally reached the Promised Land, they called their land Israel. After many years Rehoboam became King. With Rehoboam in charge the people of Israel began to disagree and eventually the nation split into two kingdoms. The kingdom in the North was called Israel and the kingdom in the South was called Judah. After many years God let an enemy army capture his people and take them away. The Israelites were taken to Assyria and the Judeans were taken by King Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon. Four men, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were taken to the palace in Babylon; they were to become royal advisers. Years later a new king, King Darius, ruled Babylon – Daniel was to work for the new king.
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to nine
2. Starter question - 1 min
Did you know that a lion is sometimes called the ‘king of the beasts’? Why do you think lions are given this name? There are several reasons – some say it’s because of their terrifying roar, others say it’s because they have a kingly appearance, while others say it’s because lions are one of the fiercest and strongest animals in the world. Whatever the reason, a lion’s kingly beauty should always be admired from afar!
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
‘Daniel and the one hundred and twenty governors’ (see Printables)
Daniel’s window (see Printables)
‘The New Law’ (see Printables)
‘You have been loyal to your God…’ speech bubble (see Printables)
‘No food!’ speech bubble (see Printables)
‘No music!’ speech bubble (see Printables)
‘Was your God able to save you?’ speech bubble (see Printables)
‘God sent an angel to close the lions’ mouths’ speech bubble (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 - Pin the tail on the lion
You will need: A large roll of brown paper or wallpaper, a simple drawing of a lion (see Printables), a marker pen, a tape measure, sticky tape, blindfolds and sticky tac. Before the session cut out strips of brown paper measuring 100 x 5 cm. You will need one strip per child – these will be your lion-tails. Print off a drawing of a lion. Cut out a large sheet of brown paper 3 x 2 m. You may need to join two pieces of paper together to achieve this size. During the session lay the large sheet of paper on the floor of your teaching space and write the children’s names on the thin strips. Work with the children to create a life-sized picture of a lion using the measurements written alongside the drawing. First mark the dimensions on your sheet (you don’t need to draw the lines, simply mark the paper to show the end points of the two measurements). Copy the simple drawing making sure the lion measures up to its dimensions. Use the sticky tac to fix the lion to a wall ensuring the picture is within the children’s reach. Allow the children to take turns wearing the blindfold while they try to stick their lion’s tail in the correct position.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we thank you that Daniel believed living your way was the most important thing of all.
Father God, we think about Daniel spending the night in the lions’ den. We imagine the lions pacing around the den but unable to hurt Daniel.
Father we thank you that Daniel trusted in you; he trusted that you would take care of him. Help us to love living your way. Help us to trust that even when we are in the middle of tough times you are bigger and stronger than anything we might face. Thank you that you have promised to love and care for us always. Amen.
Alongside this story, make the craft...