247 - Escape to Egypt


15 minute Story planner

Matthew 2
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 284
For a printable version of the story see ‘Carpentry in Nazareth’ in this week's Printables

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The life of Jesus FlashCards' cards one to four

2. Starter question - 1 min  

Do you think you could make a wooden table? If you ever needed to, you might follow instructions similar to these.

How to make a wooden table:
Step one: Cut four planks of wood to the right size and glue them together to make a table top. Step two: Make a wooden frame to go underneath the table top. Step three: Cut one table leg to the right size then roughly cut the other three. Step four: Clamp the legs together and cut them all to the same length. Step five: Smooth the legs with sandpaper then glue them to the table top and frame. Step six: Hammer nails through the frame to hold the legs in place. Step seven: Turn the table the right way up and make sure it doesn’t wobble!

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • A book about carpentry

  • A map of the Holy Land at the time of Jesus

  • Wooden spoons, one big and one little

  • Something made of wood such as a small chair or a little box

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 - Talk about carpentry
If you have somebody in your church who is good at carpentry ask them to bring in something that they have made to show the children. Make sure you comply with your church’s child protection policies and procedures when inviting a guest to speak to your group.

Tell the story using the props listed above then invite the guest to talk to the children about what they have brought with them and how it was constructed.

Option 3 - Wood work
Bring in three or four pieces of wood (balsa wood would be ideal) and a few pieces of sandpaper. Ask the children to see if they can change the shape of the wood by sanding it. Talk about the different tools a carpenter would use today.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins

Father God we think about the story. We think of Jesus’ family returning home to Nazareth, tired after their long journey.

We imagine Jesus growing up in the small town. We picture him working alongside Joseph in the workshop. We imagine him as a teenage boy carefully cutting wood, sanding it over and over again, then thoughtfully shaping it into fine furniture.

Father we thank you that Jesus knows what it is to live on earth. He understands our struggles. He knows the difficult tasks we face. Father we know that just as we laugh and cry, sleep eat, run, play and exercise - Jesus did all these things too time and time again.

Father we remember that as Jesus grew stronger and taller he also grew in wisdom. Father we pray that as we grow over the coming year, that we not only grow taller and stronger but we grow wiser too. Amen

Alongside this story, make the craft...

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