176 & 177 - Elisha: One dreadful day & Alive again


15 minute Story planner

2 Kings 4
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 202 - 203

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  

Did you know that many children say their first word around the age of one? About the same time they might take their first steps too. It’s a proud time for parents as they are excited that their child is growing up and starting to do new things. Do you know what your first words were or when you took your first steps?

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity

  • A handful of pearl barley

  • A pillow

  • A large stick

  • ‘Atishoo!’ 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 - ‘A, a, a, tishoo!’
You will need four cheap boxes of tissues.

Stand in the middle of your teaching space and encourage the children to gather around you. Explain that when they hear you sneeze (‘A, a, a, tishoo!’ or ‘A, a, a, choo!’) they should run to two of the tissue boxes (it doesn’t matter which two) and collect a tissue from each. Each child must then bring two tissues back to you as quickly as possible. The first child to bring you their tissues wins the round. However explain that you will sometimes ‘trick’ the children by saying something that sounds a bit like a sneeze such as ‘A, a, a, chewing gum’ or ‘A, a, a Tuesday!’ If you don’t make a proper sneezing sound then the children must not run. You could introduce the rule that if a child starts to run when they are not supposed to, they are out. Other trick words you could use include: ‘A, a, a chutney!’, ‘A, a, a champion!’, ‘A, a, a cherry tree!’, ‘A, a, a tulip!’, ‘A, a, a Chewbacca!’, ‘A, a, a, chilli pepper!’, ‘A, a, a tutu!’, ‘A, a, a church!’, ‘A, a, a chips!’ You don’t need to think of a new word each time – you could repeat the same few words over and over again.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins

Father we thank you that this story has a happy ending and that you brought the young boy back to life. Father we thank you that you care for each one of us just as you cared for the boy and his mother. Thank you that each one of us is important and special to you.

Father we thank you that the child’s mother knew to go in search of Elisha on that dreadful day. Thank you that she knew that through your prophet you would do a wonderful work.

Thank you that we too can turn to you when we are having a difficult day. Thank you that the Bible teaches us to trust you in our troubles and pray through our problems. Father thank you that you always hear our prayers and long to give us good things that will help us live your way. Amen.

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