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Acts 13-14
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 396

Zeus’ and ‘Hermes’ were the names of two gods worshipped by the Greek people. Both Paul and Barnabas believed in One God. They believed that God was three in One; One God, three Persons or parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They believed that Jesus was God the Son. When the man was healed by the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul and Barnabas wanted God to be praised. They would have been horrified to discover that people thought they were actually gods.


Setting the scene and Starter question_3 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ cards one to six . 

Question: Have you ever given someone a bunch of flowers, perhaps your mum or your grandma? One day, the apostle Paul was given a garland of flowers. A garland is a long line of flowers threaded onto a piece of string. Sometimes a garland is tied into a loop and placed around a person’s neck – it shows that a person is important or special. Do you think Paul was pleased to receive a garland of flowers?


Tell the story with props_4 mins
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  • A bunch of flowers
  • A map showing Paul’s first missionary trip
  • A globe or map of the world
  • Two signs, one saying Zeus and Hermes  (see Printables)
  • A cheap garland of plastic flowers or bunched-up tissue paper stuck to a long loop of string.

Story Activity_6 mins
Option 1_Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2_A string of flowers
You will need: Flower pictures for colouring in (see Printables), wax crayons or pastel crayons, a long piece of string and clothes pegs.

1. Before the session hang the string up like a washing-line across your teaching area.
2. Just before you tell the story encourage the children to colour in the flower pictures.
3. Peg the flowers to the ‘washing-line’.
4. As you tell the story refer to the flowers as you talk about the garlands presented to Paul and Barnabas.


Reflective prayer_2 mins  
Father God, we thank you for all the people who take your good news around the world today.  

We thank you that in thousands of cities, towns and villages there are people passing on the wonderful news that Jesus lived, died and rose again so that everybody everywhere can be close friends with you.

Father we ask that you keep these people safe as they travel from place to place. Father keep them safe as they travel across the oceans and countryside in the way Paul and Barnabas did.   Amen.


350_Craft planner


Crafting a compass


You will need:
Paper case template (see Printables)
Paper compass template (see Printables)
Plain A5 card – optional
Sticky tape
Colouring pencils
Glue stick

Making the compass is a group activity so you will need one each of the following items:
A strong magnet
A metal sewing needle or metal paper clip
A small plastic bowl
A polystyrene cup
A cork
A jug of water


How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient paper compass templates for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Before the session make a sample paper compass so that the children know what they are making.


Crafting a compass:


The step marked with an ‘*’ should be carried out by an adult.

1. To prepare your paper compass, cut out and colour in your templates. Fold the paper case in half. If you have pieces of A5 card stick the paper case to the card before folding it in half. Stick your ‘compass’ inside the case.  

2. To construct a compass,  Unfold the paperclip so that you have a straight piece of metal. Fill a plastic bowl with water. If you have a small bowl only partially unfold the paperclip. 
3. *Cut the bottom out of a polystyrene cup or, if using a cork, cut a slice off the end.     
4. Hold the unfolded paperclip flat on a table. Rub the end of the magnet along the length of the paperclip repeatedly in one direction. This will magnetise the paperclip.
5. To make sure your paperclip is magnetised place a second paperclip close to the tip of the first paperclip.  If the paperclip is not attracted, return to Step 4.
6.  Float the polystyrene disc or cork on the water in the small bowl. Carefully place the     needle or paperclip on the disc.
7. Allow the compass needle to settle. The direction the needle is pointing is magnetic north. 
8. Use the constructed compass to position your paper compass so it is pointing to magnetic north. Now work out the direction of south, east and west.  

Use the constructed compass to help the children position their paper compasses so they are pointing to magnetic north. Describe how travellers use a compass to work out the direction in which they need to travel. Talk about Paul travelling from place to place to tell people the good news about Jesus. 

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