15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 24
Use the Old Testament flashcards to remind the children of the events leading up to today’s story. Show the children the picture of Abraham as you explain that after people did one bad thing then another God found one person who would listen to Him; his name was Abram. Abram lived in a city called Ur. One day God spoke to Abram: ‘Leave Ur and go to the land I will show you’. Abram, his wife Sarah and Abram’s nephew Lot set off towards the land of Canaan. During Abram’s time of travelling God changed his name to Abraham.
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one and two
2. Starter question - 1 min
Did you know that we make over a thousand decisions every day? We choose what to have for breakfast… what to wear… what to watch on TV… which book to read before bed. Over and over again we are given choices and we make one decision after another. One day Abraham gave his nephew Lot a choice: ‘Would you like to live to the East or to the West?’… Which way do you think Lot chose to go?
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
- Toy sheep
- ‘Families should not argue and shout like this’ speech bubble (see Printables)
- A compass
- ‘I’ll go that way’ speech bubble (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 - Race to the well
You will need ‘Lot and Abraham’s sheep and goats’ (see Printables), scissors, a hula hoop and sticky tac.
1. Before the session print off enough sheep and goats for at least four sets per child.
2. Cut out the animals and stick them around your teaching space.
3. Place the hoop in the middle of the room and explain that it is a ‘well’.
4. Divide your group into two teams; call one team ‘Lot’s team’ and the other ‘Abraham’s team’.
5. Explain that Lot's team need to collect the animals with the letter 'L' and Abraham's team need to collect the animals with the letter 'A'.
6. When you shout ‘go’ the children need to run around collecting their sheep and goats and placing them around the edge of the ‘well’.
7. The first team to collect all their animals is the winning team.
Option 3 - East or West?
You will need: masking tape, a list of animal pairs (see Printables), ‘East’ and ‘West’ signs (see Printables) and a spinner or coin (see Printables).
1. Use a long strip of masking tape to separate your room into two halves.
2. Designate one half be ‘the East’ and the other to be ‘the West’. Label the spaces using the signs.
3. Ask the children to stand in the middle of the room.
4.One by one read out the animal pairs.
5. After reading out each pair ask the children which animal they would rather meet. The children who choose an animal beginning with a ‘W’ should go to the ‘West’ and children who choose an animal beginning with an ‘E’ should go to the ‘East’.
6. Spin the spinner or toss the coin to find out which group can remain in the game.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we thank you for all we can learn from the life of Abraham. We remember that over and over again he trusted you .
We remember that Abraham acted generously towards his nephew Lot because he knew that whichever path he took you would look after him.
Father God help us to realise how much you love each one of us. Help us to trust you every day. Help us to know that we can be generous with what we have because you have promised to always care for us. Amen
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