15 minute Story Planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 411
‘Peter’s first letter’ (see Printables)
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 ten .
2. Starter question - 1 min
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?
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
Alongside this story, make the craft...