15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 384
Take time to explain that part of today’s story is about shapes that looked like flames. Clarify that the flame shapes in the story were safe; they were not hot and didn’t hurt anybody. Briefly talk about where the children might see flames. Use this opportunity to remind the children that they must not play near fires and never touch matches or lighted candles.
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about ‘The Early Church FlashCards’ card one
2. Starter question - 1 min
‘Bonjour!’ ‘Guten Tag!’ ‘Ciao!’ ‘Hola!’ These are just some of the ways people say hello to each other around the world. Did you know that there are over 2,000 different languages in the world? That would mean you would have to learn over 2,000 words to be able to greet everybody in their own language.
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web.
Pictures of a field of wheat from a library book or the internet (beware of copyright regulations)
Tongues of fire (see Printables)
Holy Spirit arrow (see Printables)
‘Whatever can have happened to them?’ speech bubble (see Printables)
4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1- Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - You will need small red, yellow and orange balloons, a couple of woollen jumpers/blankets and a bin bag. Before the session blow up the balloons. Store the balloons in the bin bag away from the children.
During the session show the children how to make the balloons static by rubbing them against a woollen jumper/blanket or against their hair. Encourage the children to see if they can get the static balloons to ‘settle’ on them for a while before they drift to the floor. If the balloons won’t stick to the children’s clothing encourage them to try sticking them to the wall or other pieces of furniture.
Explain that we don’t entirely know what the flame shapes looked like as they settled on the disciples – some people think they rested on their heads while other people think they surrounded the disciples.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we thank you that when Jesus went up, the Holy Spirit came down. Father thank you that you did not leave the disciples on their own but sent your Spirit to be with them in a powerful and amazing way.
Thank you that in the same way your Holy Spirit was with the disciples he can be with us today. Thank you that just as the disciples received the Spirit’s gifts and were changed from the inside out we too can be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit as we learn and grow to live the way you created us to live. Amen.
Alongside this story, make the craft...