28 - The Trickster tricked


15 minutes Story planner

Genesis 28-29
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, story number 28, page 40 
‘Laban tricks Jacob’ (see Printables)

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to three

2. Starter question - 1 min
How old will you be in seven years time? Do you think your life will be different from the way it is now?

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • A picture of an ancient well from the internet (beware of copyright regulations)
  • A toy sheep
  • A calendar
  • A piece of net curtain or white voile

When you talk about Leah as the bride, ask for a volunteer and place a couple of layers of voile or net curtain over their head – make sure it is difficult for the children to see their face clearly beneath.

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

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

Option 2 - Play a game about sheep
You will need the sheep templates, pasture sign and well template (see Printables), two or three dice and ‘How to play the sheep game’ instruction sheet (see Printables).

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think about the story. We imagine Jacob working hard week after week. We remember how the time went quickly as he worked for Laban, one day expecting to marry his daughter, Rachel. Father help us to be people who happily work for you, enjoying the things you ask us to do and living the way you want us to live. 

We think about Jacob's disappointment when he realised that Laban had tricked him. Father we think about times when we have felt disappointed. Help us to respond in a way that is good and right if we feel let down by others. 

Father we remember that although Laban did not keep his promise You did not forget yours. We remember  that you promised to bless Jacob and bring good thing to him. We thank you that Jacob's flocks grew in number and more and more children were added to his family. 

Thank you Father God that you always keep your promises - thank you that you have promised to be with us and to bring good things to our lives. Thank you that we can trust that day after day you will do as you have said. 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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