343 - The African Official


15 minutes Story planner

Acts 8
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 389
‘Philip and the Ethiopian Treasurer’ (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 three

2. Starter question - 1 min
How much money do you think kings and queens have? Perhaps enough to fill a big treasure chest. More? Enough to fill fifty treasure chests? 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
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  • A jar of coins, a crown 
  • A picture of a chariot
  • A map of the Holy Land at the time of Jesus with Jerusalem marked 
  • A scroll – a rolled up piece of paper 
  • A bowl of water

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

Option 2 - A cardboard chariot race
You will need: a timer, a cardboard box, scissors, a strong strip of fabric at least three meters in length, ‘story textboxes’ (see Printables), sticky tape and 6  two litre bottles filled with water.

1. Before the session print and cut out the 'story textboxes'.
2. Stick one to each bottle.
3. Make the box into a chariot by cutting two holes in the front then threading the strip of fabric through to make reins.
4. Use the bottles to make an assault course, placing them around the room but leaving enough space for the chariot to weave in and out. 
5. Explain that you will need two volunteers; one child will be ‘the horse’, the other the ‘chariot owner’ who will run behind the chariot. The horse needs to pull the chariot from ‘Jerusalem’ (one side of the room) to ‘Gaza’ (the other side of the room) but they need to weave around the assault course.
6. As the horse pulls the chariot passed a bottle, the chariot owner should pick up the bottle and put it into the chariot.
7. When the chariot reaches ‘Gaza’ encourage the children to read the story textboxes and put the bottles in the right order.
8. Time each group completing the task and encourage them to try and beat each others’ times. If you have a lot of children introduce a second ‘horse’.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God, we imagine the Ethiopian Treasurer travelling along the road in his fine chariot. We think of him pouring over the Scriptures trying to make sense of what he reads. Thank You that on that day the Holy Spirit worked through Philip to explain what the passage meant. 

Father we remember that reading the Scriptures is an important part of finding out about You, discovering more about Your great love and learning how You want us to live. Father we know that understanding some parts of the Bible can be difficult. Father we ask that when we struggle with complicated passages You help us to understand their meaning. Please show us how our lives can be changed as we learn and grow to live the way the Bible teaches 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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