15 minute Story planner
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.
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ cards one to six .
2. Starter question - 1 min
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?
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
Alongside telling this story, make the craft...