99 - Samson and Delilah


15 minute Story planner

Judges 16
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 116

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  
Did you know that every year there is a ‘world’s strongest man competition’? During the event the competitors pull trucks or even aeroplanes along the ground. They place enormous round stones on high platforms, then they lift, carry and drag heavy objects to a finish line. Each competitor tries to lift a heavier weight then carry it further or hold it for longer than anybody else. Do you think that, thousands of years ago, Samson was the strongest man in the world?

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. 

  • A handful of silver coins
  • Seven pieces of thin string or wool
  • ‘The Philistines are coming, Samson!’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • A short length of rope 
  • Brown or black wool cut to 30 cm lengths and held together with an elastic hair band

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

Option 2 - Take the test of strength challenge.
You will need: a broom handle. 

1. Explain to the children that this is a test of strength, but even a really strong person may fail this test.
2. Hold the broom horizontally in front of you using both hands. Your hands need to be close together near the middle of the broom handle.
3. Ask a child or helper to stand opposite you and also hold the broom handle by placing their hands either side of yours.
4. Challenge the child/helper to push hard against the broom in an attempt to push you backwards.
5. However as they begin to push, gently lift up the broom. The person pushing should find it impossible to push you backwards if you are gently lifting the handle.
6. Allow the children to take turns holding the broom handle.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins    
Father we think about Samson. We remember again that Samson was strong enough to fight with a lion but not always strong enough to do the right thing. We think about Delilah asking Samson over and over again to tell her the reason for his great strength. We know that Delilah was greedy and wanted money from Samson’s enemies, but Samson listened and eventually did as she asked. 

Father we think about times we need to listen to the right people. We think about times when we need to make good and wise choices. Thank you that over 2000 years ago you sent your Holy Spirit to be with us in a new way. Thank you that your Holy Spirit is with us every day, helping, guiding and comforting us - helping us to learn and grow to live the way you created us to live.  Amen.

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