355 & 356 - Paul is arrested & The secret plot


15 minutes Story planner

Acts 21-23
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 401-403
‘Paul is arrested’ see Printables

1. Setting the scene  - 2 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ cards one to nine . 

2. Starter question -1
Have you ever thought that people’s lives are like stories? In a story all sorts of wonderful things happen and in people’s lives different and exciting things happen too. If you think about it, no one person’s life story is the same; everybody meets different people and does different things - that’s one of the things that makes us special.

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
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  • A toy Roman helmet
  • A small piece of rope
  • A picture of Saul on the road to Damascus from a children’s picture Bible
  • A coat
  • A small tray of play sand

4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Listen to someone tell their story
Invite somebody from your church congregation to very briefly tell their ‘story’ about becoming a Christian. Make sure your arrangements for having a visitor in your setting comply with your church’s Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. Tell the Bible story using the props listed above then encourage your visitor to speak for around five minutes. Your visitor may prefer to be interviewed by you or a helper. When the visitor has told their story ask the children if they would like to ask any questions. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God, we imagine the angry crowds rushing towards Paul. We remember they were frustrated that Paul was not living the way they thought he should live. They were cross that people who were not Jewish were in their Temple. 

Father we think about Paul being led away followed by the angry crowd. We imagine Paul being pushed and shoved. Father we remember that Paul did not reply with angry words or push back the people trying to hurt him. Instead he stood up and told his story. He told the crowd about God speaking to him on the way to the city of Damascus and the work of the Holy Spirit in his life.

Father we thank You for Paul's example, how even when he was being treated badly he still wanted to tell the people around him the good news about Jesus. Father we ask that You help us to tell others about Your Son. Father we ask that the Holy Spirit works powerfully in our lives guiding and changing us from the inside out, so that we long to share with our friends and family what we know about You.   Amen.

With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.

Alongside this story, make the craft...

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