178 & 179 - Elisha: The girl prisoner & Cure for Naaman


15 minute Story planner

2 Kings 5
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 204 - 206

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. Before reading today’s story remind the children that next to Israel, on its northern border, was the country of Syria. The Syrians were an old enemy of the Israelites; for a time there was peace but the peace did not last for long.

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 live near a river? Is it a big river, busy with ships and boats, or is it a small river with wooden bridges and muddy banks. River water is often a dirty, muddy brown colour – sometimes rubbish even floats along on its surface. But did you know that even the dirtiest river sparkles when the sun shines on it.

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 items used in this activity

  • A message from Elisha to the king (see Printables)

  • A message from Elisha to Naaman (see Printables)

  • Soap and a flannel

  • ‘Your God is the only true God,’ speech bubble (see Printables)

  • A bag of pennies and some luxurious scarves and/or waistcoats

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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 - ‘To the river!’
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the items used in this activity
You will need: Two dice, ‘numbers 1–6’ textboxes (see Printables), the ‘River Jordan’ sign (see Printables), sticky tac, ‘How to set up your room’ instructions (see Printables) and two each of the following items: bars of soap, sponges, rubber ducks, goggles, towels and arm bands.

Before the session print and cut out the ‘1–6’ textboxes. Set up your room as described in the instructions.

Divide your group into two teams. Give each team a dice. Explain to the children that they need to gather six items (one of each type) from the middle of the room. However, they may only collect an item if they throw the corresponding number – for example if they throw a ‘two’ they can collect a rubber duck, if they throw a ‘one’ they can collect a bar of soap. When they have collected all six items, a team member should put on the arm bands, wrap the towel around their head, pick up the remaining objects and run to ‘the river Jordan’ i.e. the wall with the sign stuck to it. When the children understand how to play the game shout ‘go’ and the players should start taking it in turns to throw the dice. The first team to send a player with all their items to ‘the river’ is the winning team.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we think about the young servant girl far from home. We remember that, although she was in an unfamiliar place she was willing to talk boldly about your wonderful miracles. Father God help us to be people that love to talk about you.

We think about Naaman rushing to Israel to be cured of his illness but then too proud to do as Elisha told him. Father thank you that it was not long before Naaman changed his mind.

Help us to be people that not only long for you to work in our lives but are willing to trust you even when living your way seems hard to do. Amen.

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