15 minutes Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 384
‘The believers share everything’ see Printables
As you talk about God's plan you could show the illustrations on pages 281, 376, 379 and 385 of The Children's Bible in 365 Stories. When talking about the believers ‘breaking bread’ you may find it helpful to briefly talk about the celebration of Communion using language familiar to the children in your setting.
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ cards one and two
2. Starter question - 1 min
Do you have a library near where you live? Some big cities have enormous libraries, while a small village might not have a library at all – instead a van full of books stops at the village once or twice a month. But did you know that some places have toy libraries? How do you think a toy library might work? Whom do the toys belong to?
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
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- A library book or DVD
- Early church calendar (see Printables)
- ‘Four things’ text boxes (see Printables)
- A small bag of coins
4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - An activity about sharing
Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle or taste the food used in this activity.
You will need: a large bag of sweets, a dice, small envelopes, a pen, two bowls and a teaspoon.
1. Tell the story using the props listed above then play a sharing game.
2. Ask the children to sit in a circle.
3. Empty the bag of sweets into one of the bowls. Place the bowl of sweets and the empty bowl in the middle of the circle.
4. Encourage the children to take turns throwing the dice. If a child throws an odd number ask them to use the teaspoon to place one sweet in the empty bowl, if they throw an even number they should place two sweets in the bowl, and if they throw a six they should place three sweets in the bowl.
5. Keep passing the dice around and adding sweets to the bowl until all the children have had one or two goes.
6. Ask the children if they can remember how many sweets they personally added to the bowl. Ask the children how they think the sweets should be divided among the children present. Remind the children that the new believers shared everything.
7. Write the children’s names on the envelopes and divide the sweets equally between them. If you don’t have enough sweets in the bowl for everyone to have the same amount add some extra sweets. Put the envelopes containing the sweets to one side until the end of the session.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we think about the early Christians meeting together. We think about the wonderful way they shared their belongings and gave their money to those who needed it most.
Father we remember that as the believers longed to live Your way, the Holy Spirit worked in each one of them, guiding and changing them from the inside out to be more peaceful, patient and kind.
Father thank You that the gift of the Holy Spirit wasn't just for the disciples in Bible times, but we too can be filled with Your Holy Spirit. Thank You that the Holy Spirit can work in our lives, changing us from the inside out to be more peaceful, patient and kind. Father we ask that in the same way the Holy Spirit was with the early Christians He is with us too, guiding us and changing us to be more like Jesus, and helping us to live the way You created us to live. Amen.
With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.
Alongside this story, make a craft...