97 - Samson: A wedding is arranged


15 minute Story planner

Judges 14
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 115

Remind the children that for six weeks we are learning about Samson. Samson was a judge. 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  
Do you like the taste of honey? Did you know that honey looks, smells and tastes different depending on the flowers visited by the honey bees? One day Samson dipped his fingers in some honey. He tasted it – umm delicious!  But where had Samson found the honey? …In a very strange place indeed.

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Hold up the story bag and reveal the previous weeks’ props. Encourage the children to talk about them and, if possible, describe their relevance to Samson’s story so far. After telling the story place the props in the bag ready to use next week. 

  • ‘Don’t marry a Philistine’ speech bubble (see Printables)  
  • A toy lion
  • A jar of honey 

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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 - Spin the lion's tail
You will need: A pair of tights, a squash ball or a tennis ball, ‘How to make a lion’s tail’ instructions (see Printables) and a stopwatch (optional). 

1. Before the session follow the instructions to make a ‘lion’s tail’.  
2. Encourage the children to stand in a circle.
3. Ask for a volunteer. Explain that the volunteer is the lion and give them their tail.
4. Ask the remaining children to take a step backwards.
5. Ask the ‘lion’  to crouch or kneel in the centre of the circle. Encourage the lion to practise swinging their tail in a circle, around their body and close to the ground. So that the lion doesn’t get too dizzy they should try and pass the tail behind their back swapping it from hand to hand. The tail should spin around the lion no more than a centimetre or two from the ground. If a lion spins their tail any higher a new lion should be chosen.
6. Ask the lion to stop spinning their tail while the children take a step closer.  When they are ready they should start slowly spinning their tail.
7. Encourage the children to jump to avoid their ankles being hit. Monitor the speed at which the lion's tail is spun so that nobody gets hurt.
8. Introduce a new lion after thirty seconds of play or allow each lion to spin their tail ten times only. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father we think about Samson’s amazing strength. We remember that it was through the power of your Holy Spirit that Samson was stronger than anybody else. 

Father we thank you that over two thousand years ago you sent your Holy Spirit to be with people in a new way - thank you that when Jesus went up, the Holy Spirit came down. Father we thank you that the Holy Spirit is now with us every day, helping, guiding and comforting us – helping us learn and grow to live the way you created us to live.  Amen.

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