15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 12
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' card one.
2. Starter question - 1 min
Often we think of our birthday as a special day… a special day that’s all about us. But did you know we each share our birthday with over a million people? There are in fact over seven billion people in the world. Every second, four babies are born – which means while reading this, forty tiny babies have just arrived in the world.
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
‘Now I will make human beings,’ speech bubble (see Printables)
Cuddly toys or small animal play figures
Pictures of trees from a library book or online (beware of copyright regulations)
Gather a selection of leaves, flowers and seeds and place toy people and animal figures among the natural objects
Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web
4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Show and talk about a selection of photographs
Bring in some photographs of yourself as a baby or a young child to show the children. Talk about how your appearance has changed and what you were doing at the time the photos were taken. Talk about the other people that are in your photographs. Talk briefly with the children about all the millions of people in the world, all with their different memories and experiences. Spend some time explaining that, although there are many millions of people in the world, God loves every single person. He knows everything everybody has ever done and he loves each of us more than we can imagine.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, thank you for creating people. Thank you for our friends and family. Thank you for the people who help us and care for us, some of whom we hardly know.
Thank you Father God for people who run our country and work hard so that we can live safely and enjoy our lives.
Thank you for people who bring changes that make our world a better place. Father we thank you that everybody everywhere is a part of your wonderful creation. Amen.
Alongside this story, make a craft...