174 - Elisha: One problem solved


15 minute Story planner

2 Kings 4
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 200

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, they 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 prophets told the people how to live God’s way. The prophet Elijah was sent to the kingdom in the North. He passed on God’s message to the people of Israel. After a while God chose a helper and a friend for Elijah; his name was Elisha. When God took Elijah up to heaven, Elisha carried on being God’s prophet to the Northern Kingdom.

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  
Do you ever help your mum or dad in the kitchen? Do you wash vegetables, stir puddings or help ice cakes? There are many jobs that need to be done in a kitchen; some are hard work while others are simple and take no time at all. Hundreds of years ago a mum asked her sons to help her in the kitchen – willingly the boys waited to be told what to do…

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • ‘Please will you help me?’ speech bubble (see Printables)

  • A small jar of oil

  • Lots of empty jars

  • ‘There aren’t any left’ speech bubble (see Printables)

  • A bag of copper coins

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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Make an Elisha Comic and enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Jars of water
You will need: a measuring jug, masking tape, two water pistols, two buckets of water, ten empty jars and lots of towels. Before the session place two towels on the floor a couple of meters apart. Place five jars on each towel. At a distance of one meter from each towel stick strips of masking tape to the floor. Stick one strip at a distance of one meter from the first towel and another strip at a similar distance from the second towel.

Divide your group into two teams and ask for a volunteer from each. Allocate one set of jars to one team and the other set to the other. The volunteers should stand with their feet just behind their team’s strip of tape. Give the volunteers water pistols and explain that they need to fill the jars in front of them by squirting them with water – however they must not step over their line of tape. When their water pistol is empty the volunteer will need to refill it with water from the bucket then hand the full pistol to a new player in their team. When the children understand how to play the game, shout ‘go’ and encourage the first two volunteers to start squirting. When all the children have had a go, use the jug to measure the amount of water in the jars. Pour the water back into the buckets.

The team with the most water in their jars is the winning team.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God thank you that you care about families. Thank you that, just as the mother in the story wanted her sons to stay at home you wanted this family to stay together too. Father thank you that nothing is impossible for you, and that you took what the family had and did something amazing with it.

Father help us to turn to you when our families face problems. Help us to listen carefully to you, trusting that you will help us find a solution.

Father we think about the families around us that are facing trouble today. Show us how we can help them to have the things they need; show us how we can help them to turn to you. Amen.

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