339_Jesus is Lord (Tear ‘n’ share bread)

 
 
 
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Reference 
Acts 2
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 384
‘The believers share everything’ see Printables

Notes 
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. 

 

Setting the scene and a starter question_3 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ cards one and two

Question:   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?

 

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

 

 
 

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, 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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Tear 'n' share bread

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

You will need:
2 x white part-baked French baguettes (approx. 25 cm in length)
A round cake tin (approx. 20cm in diameter)
4oz of cheese        
Optional – a pinch of dried mixed herbs
Butter or low fat spread
A plate
Dinner knives        
Cheese grater
A plate
Chopping board

 

How to prepare:
Before the session cook the part-baked French baguettes. Wipe the surfaces in your teaching area and place the ingredients and utensils somewhere accessible.


How to make tear 'n'share bread:
1. Encourage your group to wash their hands thoroughly.
2. Grease the sides of the cake tin.
2. Place the bread on the chopping board and help the children to use the dinner knives to carefully cut the baguettes into pieces approximately 3 cm in length.
3. Spread a little butter or low fat spread onto one end of each of the pieces.
4. Place the pieces of bread in the cake tin with their buttered ends facing downwards. Squeeze the pieces into the tin so that there are no large gaps and the pieces are unable to move.
4. If you are using dried herbs encourage the children to sprinkle a small amount onto the bread. 
6. Grate the cheese onto a plate. Allow the children to sprinkle the cheese over the surface of the bread.
7. Bake the bread at gas mark 6 (210 degrees) for 15–20 minutes or until the cheese is golden-brown.
8. Cook following the instructions below.

An adult will need to cook the bread
Bake the bread at 210°C/gas mark 6 for about 15–20 minutes or until the cheese is golden-brown and cooked through.  

BEWARE the bread will be very hot when first removed from the oven. Make sure it has cooled before giving it to the children.

If it is appropriate for your setting, serve the tear and share bread to the children and adults after the session. Encourage people to tear off a portion of bread from the edge. 

For a dairy free alternative tear and share bread (see below).

 
 

An alternative pizza dough tear 'n' share bread

 
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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: 
Two packets of pizza dough mix  (gluten/dairy-free products available)
Plain flour
A jug of water
Tablespoon
Mixing bowls
An 18 inch sandwich tin
A small amount of olive oil and a pastry brush

 

How to prepare:
Wipe the surfaces in your teaching area and place the ingredients and utensils somewhere accessible.

 

How to make pizza dough tear 'n' share bread:
1. Encourage your group to wash their hands thoroughly.
2. Lightly grease the sandwich tin.
3. Follow the instructions on the packet of the pizza base mix.
4. Knead the dough well then divide it into small portions.
5. Roll each portion into a small ball about the size of a large marble. 
6.  Place the dough balls in the greased tin so that they are touching each other. Press them down very gently so that there are no large gaps between the balls.
7. Cook following the instructions below. 
    

An adult will need to cook the bread
Bake the bread at 220°C/425°F/gas 7 for about 15–20 minutes or until golden-brown and cooked through.  

BEWARE the bread will be very hot when first removed from the oven. Make sure it has cooled before giving it to the children.

If it is appropriate for your setting, serve the tear and share bread to the children and adults after the session. Encourage people to tear off a portion of bread – you might like to serve it with a little olive oil for dipping. 


 

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