364 - Letters from Peter


15 minute Story Planner

1 Peter
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 411
‘Peter’s first letter’ (see Printables)


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 ten . 

Question: Have you ever had a really bad day when nothing seemed to go right? Have you ever felt like going back to bed and starting the day all over again?


Tell the story with props - 4 mins
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  • A map showing the areas of Galatia and Cappadocia at the time of the Early Church. (The maps in the back of some Bibles may be useful.)
  • Speech bubbles (see Printables)
  • A Bible

Story Activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Taking a closer look at what Peter said
You will need the props listed above plus twenty small stones, double-sided sticky tape and a hula-hoop. 
1. Before the session print and cut out the speech bubbles.
2. Attach the bubbles to the small stones using sticky tape.
3. Place the hula-hoop on the floor and as you tell the story place the relevant stone inside the hoop.
4. You could give each child one or two stones at the beginning of the session. When you read out what is written on their stone ask them to gently place it inside the hoop


Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God, we thank You for all the wonderful letters we have in our Bibles. Thank You that although people wrote the words down, You guided the writers and showed them what to write. Thank You that each of the Bible letters are a very special work of Your Holy Spirit and they say what You want them to say. Father we think particularly about Peter's letters. We remember that the Apostle Peter wanted to encourage the Christians who were being treated badly and were finding it difficult to keep on living God's way. 

Father we thank You that these words are still encouraging for us today as we too know that living Your way is not always easy. Father we remember Peter's words: ‘If somebody does something mean to you do something kind back’. Father we ask that You help us this week to live the way Peter encourages us to live, and respond with kindness and love even when others are unkind to us. Amen


15 minute Craft Planner


See-through glasses


You will need:
Glasses template (see Printables)
A4 card that fits through your printer (plain A4 paper would work too)
Acetate or plastic A4 folders
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Sticky tape
Glue sticks

How to prepare:
Print sufficient templates for one per child. Cut out the glasses in advance and cut out the ‘lenses’ from the acetate or plastic folders. Follow the instructions to make an example pair of glasses so that the children know what they are about to make.


How to make see-through glasses:


1. Colour in the glasses template and carefully cut out the glasses. 
2. Cut out the two rectangles below the glasses template. Place the two rectangles on top of the plastic A4 folder/acetate. Use a pen to carefully draw around both pieces.  It doesn't matter if the lines are faint.
3. Cut out the plastic rectangles.    
4. Fold along the dotted line down the centre of the ‘glasses frame’. 
5. Use sticky tape to stick the arms to the frame of the glasses as shown in the picture.
6. Apply lots of glue to the inside of the glasses frame. Stick the two pieces of plastic  over the holes and fold the two halves of the frame together. You may need to trim any plastic overlapping the edge.
7&8. Press the two halves of the frame firmly together. 

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