345 - A changed man (Upside-down frown)


15 minute Story planner

Acts 9
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 391

You could talk to the children a little bit about the city of Damascus. Explain that it is a very, very old city. Show the children where it is first mentioned in the Bible by looking at Genesis 15:2.

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 four

2. Starter question - 1 min
How would you find your way around a busy city?  Would you use a map… or maybe a Sat Nav? Perhaps you would ask someone for directions: ‘Turn right, turn left, turn right again, then straight on until you reach the corner’.  But how would you find your way around busy city if you couldn’t see where you were going?

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
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  • A map of the Holy Land at the time of Jesus with Jerusalem and Damascus clearly marked.
  • Pictures from the internet of Straight Street in Damascus – make sure you comply with copyright regulations. 
  • An empty plate and cup
  • ‘Go to Straight Street’ speech bubble (see Printables) 
  • ‘He has become my servant’ speech bubbles (see Printables)
  • Tissue paper cut into two circles approximately the size of a contact lens  –  to represent fish-  scales 
  • A basket (Use any sized basket, but explain that the basket Saul escaped in would have been large and used for carrying heavy things)

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

Option 2  - A guided assault course
You will need lots of cardboard boxes or chairs and something to cover a child’s eyes such as a scarf or eye mask. 

1. Set up an ‘assault course’ in your teaching area using chairs or cardboard boxes. If you have enough boxes stack them on top of each other to make small towers.
2. Ask for two volunteers. Encourage the volunteers to choose which of them will be blindfolded and who will be the guide.
3. Allow the person to be blindfolded, to either carefully tie the scarf around their eyes or to position the eye mask so they cannot see.
4. The guide should then take the arm of the blindfolded person and lead them through the assault course.  Each guide should start with five points. Every time the blindfolded person accidentally touches a chair or box the guide should lose a point.
5. Once the blindfolded person has successfully manoeuvred through the assault course a second pair should be allowed to take a turn.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we imagine the Christians‘ concern when they heard that Saul was coming to arrest them. We imagine men and women waiting in Damascus for the guards to arrive. 

Father we thank you that by the time Saul reached the city he was a changed man. Thank you that through your love and forgiveness and the powerful help of the Holy Spirit, Saul changed from a man that wanted to hurt the followers of Jesus to becoming a follower himself. 

Thank you Father God that, in the same way Saul turned from his old way of living and began a life of trusting you, we too can say ‘Yes’ to your love and forgiveness and with the help of the Holy Spirit, learn and grow 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 telling this story, make the craft...

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