3 & 4_Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor pages 13 - 14
Setting the scene and a starter question_3 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' card one
Question: Have you ever accidentally spoilt something special? Perhaps you’ve broken a toy, torn a page in a favourite book or accidentally scratched a DVD. Can you remember the sad feeling when you realised what you had done? When Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the garden their friendship with God was spoilt. The wrong thing they had done separated them from God and they could no longer be friends in the way they had once been. Adam and Eve were sad. God was sad. But God had a plan. Disobedience had spoilt His creation but He would put things right. His plan was to send His Son Jesus so that people could be close friends with Him once more.
Tell the story with props_4 mins
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Beware of allergies make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.
- ‘Sin word’ graphic (see Printables)
- A toy snake
- ‘Did God really say…?’ speech bubble (see Printables)
- An apple
- ‘Where are you, Adam?’ speech bubble (see Printables)
Story Activity_6 mins
Option 1_Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2_ Play a game with sock fish
You will need: Snake templates (see Printables) and enough dice for one between three or four children.
1. Before the session print sufficient templates for one between three or four children. Cut out the templates and divide the snakes into eight shapes. Place the shapes in the envelopes - one set in each envelope.
2. Divide the children into groups of no more than three or four.
3. Give each group a set of snake shapes.
4. Ask the children to keep the head and tail of their snake and place the remaining shapes on the floor in the middle of the room. It doesn’t matter if the shapes get mixed up at this stage.
5. Encourage the children to sit around the room in their groups. Each group needs to be equidistant from the shapes in the middle. Give each group a dice.
6. Explain that the children should take turns throwing their dice then collecting a corresponding shape from the middle of the room.
7. The group needs to place their collected shapes in the correct order between the head and tail of their snake. Each snake should include one of each shape. If a child throws a number that has already been collected the dice should be passed to the next child.
8. The first team to complete their snake is the winning team.
Reflective prayer_2 mins
Father God, thank you that you did not give up on mankind when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the garden.
Thank you that all those years ago you had a plan to one day make a way for everybody everywhere to become close friends with you once more.
Father we now know that your plan was to send your Son. Thank you that 2,000 years ago your Son Jesus came to earth. Thank you that because Jesus lived, died and rose again everybody everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to your love and forgiveness and become close friends with you. Amen
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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:
Thin drinking straws
A selection of fruit such as seedless grapes, melon, pineapple (tinned or fresh), strawberries, kiwi, raspberries
Chocolate sauce for ice cream (optional)
Note: These fruit sticks are intended to be eaten raw, no cooking is required.
How to prepare:
Make a sample ‘fruit stick’ so that the children know what they are making.
How to make a fruit stick:
1. Make sure the work surfaces in your teaching area are clean and ask the children to wash their hands.
2. Give each child a paper plate and a selection of fruit to prepare. The fruit needs to be cut into chunks approximately 2.5 x 2.5 cm. Raspberries can be left whole and large strawberries should be cut in half.
3. Give each child a second paper plate and a thin straw.
4. Allow the children to select five or six pieces of fruit and two marshmallows.
5. Help the children to slide the fruit onto their straw. If you have time the children could make two or three fruit sticks each.
6. If you are using chocolate sauce – show the children how to drizzle a small amount across their finished fruit sticks. For a finishing touch add a shake of sprinkles!
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