15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 114
Use the Old Testament flashcards and ‘The story so far…’ (see Printables) to remind the children of the events leading up to the time of the Judges.
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 five.
2. Starter question - 1 min
Did you know that your hair grows about 1 cm every month? Some people love to grow their hair really, really long but, even if they never had it cut, their hair would eventually stop growing. Have a look around you: who has the longest hair in the room? …Is it you?
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Introduce a ‘story bag’. After telling the story place the props in the bag ready to show the children again next week.
- A Bible opened at the book of Judges
- Names of the twelve judges (see Printables)
- A doll
- A small pair of scissors
- ‘You must never cut his hair’ speech bubble (see Printables)
- A Nazirite name badge (see Printables)
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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Finding the judges' swords
You will need: The judges' swords (see Printables), names of the twelve judges (see Printables), sticky tac, some lively music and the means to play it optional.
1. Before the session print and cut out the judges’ swords and the twelve names.
2. Use the sticky tac to stick the swords around your teaching space. Either make the swords visible or conceal them around the room.
3. When you have told the story spend some time talking about the twelve judges. Remind the children that there were eleven male judges and one female. The female judge was called Deborah. For 150 years the judges helped God’s people. Today we might see a judge in a courtroom or on TV, but the judges in the Bible would probably be found on a battle-field as they helped the Israelites fight against their enemies.
4. Give each of the children at least one textbox with the name of a judge written on it.
5. Ask the children to find the sword that matches their judge. Either encourage all the children to look at once for their swords or allow the children to take turns.
6. Play some lively music while the children are hunting for the judges’ swords.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we think about the Israelites calling out to you in the midst of their troubles. We remember that you heard their cries and sent leaders to help them. Father we thank you that with the powerful help of the Holy Spirit the judges set the Israelites free from their enemies over and over again.
Father we thank you that you hear our prayers. Thank you that we can trust you during our troubled times. Thank you that you sent your Holy Spirit to be with us not just during our troubles but to be with us always - helping, comforting and guiding us day after day after day. Amen.
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