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)


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: 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. 


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

Story Activities - 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.


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


15 minute Craft Planner


Rainbow science


Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.

1. Rainbow milk

You will need: 
Red, blue and yellow food colouring
1 cup of whole (full fat) milk
Washing -up liquid
A small bowl
A shallow round dish
A cotton bud

What to do:
1. Pour enough milk into the dish to just cover the bottom.
2.  Add a drop of each type of food colouring. Try and space the colours out, although it  doesn't matter if they begin to spread into each other.
3. Squeeze a drop of washing-up liquid into the separate small bowl.     
4.    Dip the cotton bud into the washing-up liquid then use it to touch one of the blobs of     food colouring in the milk. 

 What happens to the colours?


2. A watery rainbow

You will need: 
A clear drinking glass
A jug of water
2 sheets of white paper
A chair
A torch 

What to do:
1.     Fill the glass a little more than half-way with water.
2.     Place both sheets of paper on the floor at the base of the chair.
3.     Carefully place the glass on the edge of the chair.  
4.    Shine the torch through the glass onto the paper on the floor.
5.    Keep moving the torch until you see a rainbow appear on the paper below.


3. A shiny rainbow

You will need: 
An old CD
A sheet of white paper 

What to do:
1. Find a rainbow on the surface of a CD.
2. Try and reflect the rainbow onto the piece of paper. 


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