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15 minutes Story planner

Acts 24-28
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 403-405
‘Paul, the island and the snake’ 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 min
Have you ever got cold and wet on a rainy day? Have you stood outside until rain seeped through your clothes and dripped off the end of your cold nose? 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
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  • A map of Paul’s journey to Rome (You could use FlashCard number eight of the Early Church set)
  • A toy boat 
  • A bundle of sticks
  • A tie snake (see below)

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

Option 2 - A game of ‘Snakes and Rope’
You will need: a dice, masking tape, three or four old ties, kitchen tissue paper, snake tongue and eyes (see Printables), PVA glue, pots and brushes three or four pieces of cord cut to various lengths (between 10 cm and 50 cm), ‘How to set up and play a game of Snakes and Ropes’ instructions (see Printables), enough counters for one per team (you could use plastic plates or up-turned cups) and ‘a list of questions’ (see Printables).


1.  Make three or four  tie snakes by stuffing kitchen tissue paper inside the ties. Stick two eyes and a tongue to the wide end of the stuffed tie.
2. Tell the story using the props then play a game of Snakes and Ropes. 

Option 3 - If you have a ‘Healing on the Streets’ ministry in your area you could ask somebody from the team to come and talk to the children about their experiences of praying for people. Relate their experience back to Paul praying for people on the island. Make sure you comply with your church’s Policies and Procedures when inviting guests to speak to the children. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we imagine the terrible storm that tossed the ship to and fro. We imagine the travellers' great relief as they crawled onto the shore of the island. Father we thank You that You looked after all those aboard that boat. 

Father we remember the great kindness of the islanders who welcomed the travellers. Father help us to be kind and generous to those who we see are in trouble. Thank You that as the islanders helped the travellers they too were helped. We remember that Paul was able to tell them the great news of Jesus and then pray for all those who were unwell.  

Father we think about Paul's travelling companions; we imagine not only their great relief but their amazement at seeing Paul unharmed by the snake. Thank You that as Your Holy Spirit works in and through the lives of Christians, people close by get to see You at work. Amen

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

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