79 & 80 - Strange orders & The walls fall down


15 minute Story planner

Joshua 5 - 6
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor pages 95 and 97
‘The fall of Jericho’ 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 four

2. Starter question - 1 min  
Have you ever visited an old castle? Some castles are so old that their walls have crumbled and fallen down. Sometimes all that is left are the ruins, parts of towers and underground cellars. The wall around a castle was very important; it kept out enemy soldiers and protected the people inside. A castle wall would not only have been tall but thick too. It would have been made with heavy stones carefully placed one on top of the other.

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Pictures of castles perhaps from a library book or the internet (beware of copyright regulations)

  • A map of the Promised Land showing Jericho - if you are using the Old Testament flashcards, show flashcard six. Jericho was on the west of the River Jordan, just north of where the river flows into the Dead Sea

  • A picture of a ‘trumpet’ (see Printables)

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 week’s Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Acting the story
You will need party blowers enough for one per child and a piece of fabric (or folded blanket) 130 cm x 80 cm.  
Tell the story using the props then encourage the children to act out the story.

1. Choose four children to pick up the fabric by the corners and pretend they are carrying the Ark.
2. If you have fewer than fifteen children divide the rest of the children into two groups. Give one group the party blowers and explain that the other children are going to be the Israelites. If you have more than fourteen children give  party blowers to seven of them and explain that the remaining children are to be the Israelites. 
3. Explain to the children that they are going to act out the final day of the battle. Discuss with the children what they think the Israelites shouted. Listen to their answers and choose what to shout out during the re-enactment.  
4. Arrange the children so that two or three lead the procession - these are the armed soldiers and should place one arm across their chest as if carrying a shield.
5. Behind the 'soldiers' position the children with the party blowers; behind them position the children holding the ‘Ark’ and behind them the rest of the Israelites.
6. Tell the children where you would like them to process. As they march, those with party blowers should blow them constantly while the 'Israelites' remain silent. Encourage the children to march around the room seven times. On the seventh time the children should stop so that they are spaced out around the room. The priests should then sound a blast on their ‘trumpets’ and everyone should shout out the agreed ‘shout’.

If the children have already made a ram’s horn trumpet they should use their horn instead of a party blower. Children who have not yet made a ram’s horn should keep their party blower and use it for the craft activity.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father we think about the Priests leading the Israelites round and round the walls of Jericho. 

We imagine the silence as each day they quietly returned to the camp. We imagine the tremendous noise on the seventh day  as the trumpets sounded, the people shouted and the walls tumbled to the ground.      

Father thank you that day after day Joshua kept on trusting you. Father help us to trust you as Joshua did. To remember that you are always with us; loving us and caring for us each day.   Amen.

Alongside this story, make the craft...

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