169 & 170 - Elijah's last journey & The fiery chariot


15 minute Story planner

2 Kings 2
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, pages 194–196

Use the Old Testament flashcards to remind the children of the events leading up to today’s story. Explain that when the Israelites finally reached the Promised Land, God sent judges to help them. The Israelites called their land Israel. After many years Rehoboam became King of Israel; he was a bad king. With Rehoboam in charge the people of Israel began to disagree and eventually the nation of Israel split into two kingdoms. The kingdom in the North was called Israel and the kingdom in the South was called Judah. At that time God sent prophets (messengers) to his people. The prophet Elijah was sent to the kingdom in the North. Elijah listened carefully to what God said. he passed on God’s message to the people. Through Elijah God did amazing things. After a while God chose a helper and a friend for Elijah; his name was Elisha.

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 seven

2. Starter question - 1 min  
Have you ever felt sad when a special day came to an end? Often we wish good times would go on forever and ever, however even the best of times eventually draw to a close. But sometimes, when one good time finishes another is just about to begin… 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Gilgal sign (see Printables)
  • Bethel sign (see Printables)
  • Jericho sign (see Printables)
  • The River Jordan sign (see Printables)
  • A cloak or large piece of fabric
  • ‘I should like to inherit your greatness and power…’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • ‘Great prophet of Israel, don’t leave me’ 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 - Wafting waves
You will need: masking tape, two or three adult sized jumpers and ‘paper waves’ (see Printables)
Before the session print and cut out at least four paper waves. Roll the jumpers into sausage shapes and secure them with pieces of masking tape. Place a long strip of masking tape at one end of your teaching space – this will be your start line; and another strip at a distance of about three meters – this will be your finish line. Make sure the second strip is parallel to the first. Give two or three volunteers a rolled-up jumper and a paper wave. Encourage the volunteers to stand in a line along the ‘start line’. The volunteers should place their waves on the floor. When you shout ‘go’ the children should beat the floor just behind their wave with their rolled up jumper to create a draught. The wave should then move forward slowly as it is wafted along by the draught.

The first child to waft their wave over the finish line is the winner. If you have time, allow other children to have a go at wafting the wave. Explain that when Elijah and Elisha struck the River Jordan the river was immediately parted by God’s power.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we think about Elisha following Elijah from place to place because he wanted to spend time with the great prophet. Father God please help us to be people who love learning about you. Help us to understand the importance of spending time with people who love you too.     

Father God, we imagine Elisha’s sadness when his time with Elijah was about to end. Father God we thank you that although something was about to come to an end something wonderful was about to start. Father God help us to trust in you and wait patiently for all the wonderful things you have planned for our lives. Amen

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