166 - The still, small voice


15 minute Story planner

1 Kings 19
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 191

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, God sent judges to help them. The Israelites 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.

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  
Have you ever felt that things were going really badly? Perhaps you’ve had a tough day at school, argued with a friend or perhaps had too much homework on a Friday night? Can you remember feeling really fed up? Elijah was fed up. A terrible thing had happened to the other prophets and now he was feeling sad and alone. Elijah turned to God. On a mountain God spoke to his prophet. He spoke in a way that was just right to comfort and encourage Elijah.  

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • A cloak or large piece of fabric - don’t forget to pull part of the cloak over your head at the appropriate part in the story!
  • ‘What are you doing here?’ speech bubble (see Printables)
  • ‘Elijah, you are not alone…’ speech bubble     (see Printables)

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web. Note - there isn't a ppt for this session.

4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Guess the action
You will need a large blanket and a chair.
Encourage the children to come up with four actions to represent ‘wind’, ‘earthquake’, ‘fire’ and ‘a whisper’. Briefly practise the actions together. Ask for a volunteer. Explain to the volunteer that he/she needs to sit on the chair. Encourage the remaining children to sit on the floor. Ask for two additional volunteers (it would work well if these volunteers were adults). The two additional volunteers need to hold up the blanket so as to shield the seated volunteer from the remaining children. The volunteer should then choose one of the four actions and perform it whilst sitting behind the blanket. The remaining children should then guess which action is being performed and perform it themselves. When all the children are performing an action the blanket should be lowered to reveal the volunteer. All the children performing the same action as the volunteer can remain in the game, all those performing a different action must sit to the side.

Keep playing the game until only one child remains or everyone is out. If you have time play the game again with a different volunteer sitting behind the blanket. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we think about Elijah, tired and weary from speaking to your people. We remember that a dreadful thing had just happened to the other prophets and now Elijah was looking for comfort and encouragement.  Thank you that, like Elijah, we can turn to you when we feel sad and lonely; we can turn to you when we need to be comforted and encouraged.

Father we think about the earthquake, the fire and the wind and remember that although you do mighty and powerful things you speak softly to us too in a way that is just right for us. Father please help us not only to listen to you but to be changed by the things you say. Help us to be like Elijah who was changed on the mountain when he heard your still small voice all those years ago. Amen

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