365 - A glimpse into Heaven


15 minute Story Planner 

The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor pages 412-413
‘A throne and a rainbow’ (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
What do you think thrones are made of? Wood, gold, precious stones? Thrones can be made out of all sorts of materials. The Queen of Great Britain has a throne made of wood and another covered in gold. The Bible describes King Solomon’s throne as so big that it had steps going up to it. 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
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  • A picture of a royal throne and a rainbow (From a library book or the internet; beware of copyright restrictions)

  • A map showing the island of Patmos

  • A rolled-up scroll

  • A candle-stick holder

  • A mirror to represent the ‘sea of glass’

  • A Bible

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

Option 2 - Make a picture display
You will need: ‘The throne in Heaven’ pictures (see Printables), a pair of scissors and an old envelope. 

1. Before the session cut out the pictures and place them in the envelope.
2. During the session sit the children on the floor in a circle.
3. As you tell the story place the pictures on the floor, adding each picture at the relevant point of the story.

Option 3 - A rhyme with actions
1.Tell the story using props.
2. Briefly explain that the creatures around the throne never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is, and is to come’. When they call out, the twenty-four leaders fall down and worship the King.
3. Teach the children the following rhyme. Ask them to help you make up some actions.
4. Say the rhyme a number of times trying to be as dramatic as possible – you could give each child an instrument encouraging them to play along sensitively.  

From the throne lightening flashes,
A rainbow glistens and thunder crashes.

A shimmering sea, flowing in heaven,
Lamp-stands one to seven.

Twenty-four elders each with a crown,
Creatures call out and the leaders fall down.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think of the vision John had on the island of Patmos. Thank You that through this vision we can begin to imagine how wonderful the Kingdom of Heaven is. 

Father we remember that there were many new things John saw. We thank You that even though there is so much we do not yet understand we can trust You that Heaven is a wonderful, wonderful place. 

Father God we remember Your amazing promise that we will one day live in Heaven with You. Thank You that You have prepared a place for each of us in Your wonderful Heavenly Kingdom. Amen

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