15 minute Story planner
2 Kings 4
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 201
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.
When you reach the end of today’s story read the first paragraph of next weeks story – ‘One dreadful day’ (number 176 in The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories).
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 have your own bedroom or do you share with your brother or sister? Perhaps you have a big room with lots of things in it or a small room with everything tidied neatly away. Can you name four things in your room? Did you include a bed, a table, a chair or a lamp?
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
A dinner plate, knife and fork
A table lamp that you can turn on at the appropriate part of the story
A doll wrapped in a blanket
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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 - ‘Roof top!’
Encourage the children to get into pairs.
Explain that you are going to call out the words ‘chair’, ‘table’ and ‘bed’. Explain that when you call out ‘chair’ one child in each pair should crouch down on the floor while their partner perches on their back. When you call out ‘table’ the pair should both kneel on the floor facing each other, link arms then tuck their heads down to make a table shape. When you call out ‘bed’ each child should lie in a space on the floor so that they are not touching any of the other players. Explain that you are going to keep saying ‘chair’, ‘table’ and ‘bed’, however occasionally you will shout out ‘roof top’. When you call out ‘roof top’ all the children should line up in two rows facing each other – one child from a pair standing in one row and the other child standing opposite. The pairs should then hold their arms in the air and link hands to make an archway.
The last pair to join the rows and form part of the arch should sit out for the remainder of the game. The pair remaining when all the other children are ‘out’ is the winning pair.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we remember the generosity of this kind woman. We remember that she and her husband were willing to invite Elisha to stay in their home. Father we think about the furniture she carefully placed in room – the bed, the chair, the table and the lamp. We see that this woman had thought carefully about how she could care for the prophet.
Father God please help us to be thoughtful towards the people around us – help us to think about what they need and be generous towards them.
Father we think about Elisha wanting to help the woman in return. Father help us to always respond in kindness when others are kind towards us. Amen.
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