The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 39
‘Jacob's dream’ (see Printables)
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' cards one to three
Question: When you’re tired at the end of a busy day there is nothing better than to rest your head on a nice soft pillow. But just imagine if you didn’t have a pillow. Imagine if the only thing to rest your head on was a cold, hard stone. Do you think you would sleep well with a rock for a pillow?
Tell the story with props_4 mins
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- A pillow
- A large stone or small rock
- A small jar of olive oil
- ‘I am the God of Abraham...’ speech bubbles (see Printables)
- ‘If you are with me’ speech bubbles (see Printables)
Story Activity_6 mins
Option 1_Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2_ Talk about why Jacob poured oil on the stone.
Ask the children why they think Jacob made the stone into a pillar and poured oil on it. Listen to the children’s answers then explain that Jacob wanted to mark the place as special. People who study the Bible think that Jacob made the stone into a pillar so that he would be able to find the place again. Bible scholars also think that Jacob poured oil on the stone to worship God. Many years later Moses poured a special oil on the Tabernacle (the worship tent) to show that it was extremely special to God (Numbers 7:1).
Option 3_Make climbing angel shadows
You will need: Angel and ladder templates (see Printables), sticky tac, sticky tape, chopsticks and a suitable safe light source such as a torch.
1. Print and cut out the angel templates.
2. Print three or four ladder templates.
3. Trim the ladders top and bottom then join them together to make an extra long ladder.
4. Stick the ladder to the wall using sticky tac.
5. Use a small piece of sticky tape to attach the angel templates to the chopsticks.
6. Create angel shadows by holding the templates in front of torch-beam as it shines on the ladder then move the templates and the torch up and down so that the angel appears to be climbing up and down the ladder.
Reflective prayer_2 mins
Father God we think about Jacob. We remember the great lengths he went to to get the blessing meant for his older brother - Father we realise how important your favour was to him; how he longed to have good things from you.
Father we think about Jacob a few days later, lying down in the open air and resting his head on the stone. We remember that as he slept you spoke to him clearly in a dream. Father we thank you that you still speak to people today in surprising ways, at times and in places when they are not expecting to hear from you. Father thank you that even when we are resting or sleeping we can be sure that we will not miss out on what you want to do or say to us.
Father we remember the comforting words You spoke to Jacob. Thank you that you made it clear that Jacob would be blessed in an even greater way than he had hoped. Father we thank you that the promise to Jacob was about us too - that everybody, everywhere would be blessed through Jacob's family. Thank you that today we know that that promise is about Jesus, that through him everybody everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to your love and forgiveness and become close friends with you. Amen
With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.
A climbing angel
You will need:
An angel template (see Printables)
Cereal-box card or equivalent (paper plates could be used instead)
String cut to 1.5 m lengths
A drinking straw
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
How to prepare:
Before the session print or photocopy sufficient instructions for one between two or three children. Print off or photocopy sufficient templates for one per child. You may want to cut out the templates for the younger children in your group. Follow the instructions to make a sample climbing angel so the children know what they are making.
How to make a climbing angel:
1. Colour in and cut out your angel template.
2. Stick the template to the card and cut out your cardboard angel.
3. Cut the drinking straw into 3 cm lengths.
4. Turn the angel over and use sticky tape to secure two pieces of straw to the tips of the angel's wing. Wrap the sticky tape over the top of the wings to make sure the pieces of straw are held in place.
5. Thread the string through the straws as shown in the picture. Wrap masking tape around the ends of the string.
6. Hook the string over a door handle and gently pull first on one end of the string and then on the other. As you pull with one hand allow the other hand to move up with the string. As you repeat this your angel will climb to the top of the string.
You could stick the paper ladder (see ladder template) to the door to make it look like the angel is climbing the ladder.
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