15 minute Story planner
2 Kings 6
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 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
What do you think a guest might eat at a royal banquet? Sandwiches? Iced cakes? Or perhaps a delicious hot meal with a fancy dessert? Did you know that it takes hours and hours to prepare for a banquet at the royal palace in London? The glasses are polished, plates and dishes carefully placed side by side and flower arrangements set in the centre of long tables.
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 dressing-up crown
‘Send the army’ speech bubble (see Printables)
A glass or pottery jar for collecting water
‘O God, please open this young man’s eyes,’ speech bubble (see Printables)
‘O God, please close these men’s eyes,’ speech bubble (see Printables)
A bowl of fresh and dried fruit for a royal feast
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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 - Play a game where a volunteer needs to retrace their steps
You will need: blindfolds, masking tape and a pen.
Before the session stick two short strips of masking tape to the floor in the shape of a cross. Ask for two volunteers. Explain that one of the volunteers will wear a blindfold, the other will be the ‘caller’. Ask the child willing to wear the blindfold, to stand on the cross and cover their eyes with the blindfold. Explain that the caller will now call out commands such as ‘one step forwards’, ‘two side-steps to the right’, ‘three side-steps to the left’, ‘three steps forward’, ‘one step back’. The caller should only give four or five commands in total. When the blindfolded player has followed the caller’s commands he/she should try to retrace his/her steps back to the cross. When a player thinks they have arrived back where they started they should remove their blindfold and stick a small strip of tape to the floor where they finished. Write the player’s name on the strip.
Encourage the other children to take turns being blindfolded or being the ‘caller’. The player who finishes closest to the masking tape cross is the winner.
See Printables for an alternative game for younger children.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we thank you that when Elisha was in trouble you sent your angels to look after him. We remember how horrified the servant was when he saw the soldiers surrounding the town and yet Elisha was unafraid. Thank you that Elisha believed with all his heart that you were with him. Father we think about the servant who needed to see before he believed. Thank you that you showed him the horses and chariots of fire covering the hillside.
Father help us to trust you in the way Elisha trusted you; help us to believe with all our heart that you are always with us, guiding, helping and protecting us. Amen.
Alongside this story, make the craft...