355 & 356_Paul is arrested & The secret plot

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355 & 356_Story planner

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


Setting the scene and Starter question_3 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ cards one to nine . 

Question: 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.


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

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. 



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.


355 & 356_Craft planner


My Story bookmark


You will need:
Luggage labels
‘My story’ textboxes (see Printables)
Felt-tip pens
Glue, glue pots and brushes
Beads of various shapes, colours and sizes*

*If threading beads is not a suitable activity for the younger children in your group, replace the beads with 20 cm lengths of coloured wool. Use a hole punch to punch holes along the edges of the luggage labels and encourage the children to thread the different coloured wool through the holes. 

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient ‘My Story' textboxes for one per child. Make a sample bookmark so the children can see what they are going to make. 


How to make a story bookmark:


1. Make sure the string is attached securely to your luggage label and has two free ends. Make one of the ends longer than the other. This will involve retying the  string. 
2. Colour in the textbox and stick it to your luggage label.
3.Try and think of five or six things that have happened in your life that you would like to be a part of your story bookmark. These things might include a special birthday, the day you got a pet or the day you started school. They could be big things or little memories. For each of these things find a bead that matches what you remember about that day or feeling. If you got a brown dog you might select a brown bead or a yellow bead might remind you of a really happy day.
4. When you have your beads, try and put them in the order that the things happened in your life. 
5. Carefully thread the beads one-by-one onto the string of your luggage label. Tie the ends of the string together so that the beads are secure.

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