15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 118
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
Can you imagine being called a champion? Why are some people called champions? What sort of things have they done to deserve their title? Samson, the Israelite judge, was a champion. Over and over again he won battles against the Philistines, the enemies of the Israelite people.
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.
Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children to handle the food used in this activity.
- A handful of silver coins and a pair of scissors
- ‘All right...’ speech bubble (see Printables)
- Brown or black wool held together with an elastic hair band (see last week’s props)
- ‘Get up, Samson!’ speech bubble (see Printables)
- A short length of chain from a garden centre
- Pearl barley to represent grain
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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 - Wake up sleepy Samson and play a game of tag.
You will need: a long piece of string.
1. Use the string to make a circle on the floor approx. 2.5 meters in diameter.
2. Ask for a volunteer to be Samson.
3. Ask ‘Samson’ to sit in the circle.
4. Choose areas in your teaching space to be ‘safe zones’.
5. Encourage the remaining children to stand at the edge of the circle and then take 5 steps backwards (more if your space allows).
6. Ask ‘Samson’ to close his eyes as if asleep.
7. While Samson ‘sleeps’ the children should call out ‘Get up, Samson! The Philistines are here!’ as they take small steps forwards.
8. Samson may remain asleep a little longer or, at any moment he could wake up and try and ‘tag’ someone!
9. If a child is ‘tagged’ before they reach a safe zone, Samson remains the champion and can go back to sleep.
10. If a child manages to reach Samson’s circle before he wakes, or Samson doesn’t manage to tag one of the children, the judge is defeated and a new Samson should be picked.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we think about Samson. We think about how he was a great judge and yet one day he made a bad, bad choice. We think about the disappointment Samson must have felt when he realised what he had done, and the dreadful sadness when he understood that you were no longer with him in the way you had once been.
Father we thank you that today your Holy Spirit works in the lives of Christians. Thank you that, even though we make mistakes and poor choices, you will never leave us on our own. Thank you that with the powerful help of the Holy Spirit we can learn and grow to be more like Jesus - we can learn and grow to live the way you created us to live. Amen
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