Open the Book

Open their eyes

Open their hearts

Open their minds

Open the Book from the Bible Society is designed to offer Bible stories as part of school life. It is a programme of themed and dramatized Bible stories about 10 minutes long designed to be performed in Assemblies and collective worship. The team of between four and eight from across the Benefice use a variety of visual aids to present the stories in a lively, compelling way, which is welcomed and enjoyed by both pupils and staff. The team visit Tilshead, Shrewton Primary Schools as well as Appleford School. The vision is for every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years.


An example of a presentation and a children’s quiz…

God’s Friend

INTRODUCTION

Last week we heard how God gave people a fresh start.

People began to trust God, and he became their friend. Do you have a friend you like to share things with? Isn’t it good to have a friend you can trust.

Today’s story is about a man called Abraham who learned to trust God.

Let’s OPEN THE BOOK at the story called ‘God’s Friend’.

Read God’s Friend in The Lion Storyteller Bible (2008 expanded edition)

So God’s promise to his friend Abraham came true! He did have children, and grandchildren…and great grandchildren!

And Abraham was glad that he’d trusted God.

Close your eyes and think of a good friend who you can trust.

Allow time for reflection.

Now I’m going to say a prayer and if you want to make it your prayer say “Amen” at the end after me.

Dear God, thank you for friends we can laugh with and friends we can trust. Thank you that Abraham trusted you and was called a ‘friend of God’. Help us to understand what it means to trust you and be a ‘friend of God’ too.

Amen.

CONCLUSION

QUIET MOMENT FOR REFLECTION

PRAYER INTRODUCTION

PRAYER

STORYTELLERS NEEDED

Essential: Narrator, Abraham, Sarah.

Additional: Voice of God, 3 messengers.

  • This story works very well with puppets. If you decide on this option, there is a downloadable script available (see below). If you decide not to use puppets, then act out the story simply using the characters in the story
  • Abraham and his family can move around to show that they have left Haran
  • Divide children into three groups to giggle, chuckle and laugh as the words are mentioned in the story. Have a clear ‘stop’ signal
  • For puppet presentation:

Puppets can be used with or without a screen:

With screen: a screen can be made using photographic lights tripods or any other means of stringing a cloth up. You need loud voices or a microphone to make sure you can be heard. The advantage is that your words can be pinned to the back of the screen for easy reference!

Without screen: these puppets tend to be bigger and held on the arm. You can actually walk around with them as they go on their long journey, and more exaggerated movements are possible. Your words can be discreetly pinned to the backs of the puppets

  • For acting the story:
  • Use props to set the scene: washing bowl, towel, bread, bowl of ‘stew’, 3 bowls, 3 spoons, baby doll.
  • Puppet script
  • Photographs of puppets
  • Instructions for making puppets or suggestions for purchase of puppets
  • Information on making or buying a puppet screen

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRESENTING THE STORY

SUGGESTIONS FOR VISUAL IMPACT

EXTRA RESOURCES downloadable from www.openthebook.net


Bible quiz for kids – New Testament (answers below)

1: Where was Jesus born?

Nazareth

Bethlehem

Jerusalem

Capernaum

2: How many disciples did Jesus have?

7

10

12

20

3: What is the name of the disciple who betrayed Jesus?

Simon Peter

Andrew

Bartholomew

Judas Iscariot

4: How did Jesus die?

He was flogged to death

He was crucified

He was stoned

He was burned outside the city wall

5: Who gave Jesus gifts when he was born?

The wise men

The shepherds

Mary

The innkeeper

6: With what did Jesus feed 5000 people?

Loaves and fishes

Corn and roast lamb

Almonds and figs

Herbs and fruit of the fields

7: What is the name of the prayer Jesus taught to his disciples?

The Prayer of Jesus

The Prayer of Peace

The Lord’s Prayer

The Righteous Prayer

8: Who are the religious leaders who continually tried to trap Jesus with their questions?

Stoics

Pharisees

Epicureans

Galileans

9: What is the name of Jesus’ mother?

Mary

Salome

Joanna

Martha

10: What did Jesus do for Lazarus?

Cooked him dinner

Took him for a walk

Healed him from a fever

Raised him from the dead

11: What job did Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, do?

Fisherman

Carpenter

Tentmaker

Shepherd

12: Who wrote a lot of the letters to churches in the New Testament?

Joseph

Jesus

Jairus

Paul

13: What is the collective name of the stories Jesus told?

Miracles

Poems

Parables

Psalms

14: Who wanted to kill Jesus when he was a baby?

Caesar

Herod

John the Baptist

The wise men

15: What did Simon Peter do for a living?

Fisherman

Shepherd

Basket maker

Trader


ANSWERS…

1: Bethlehem

2: 12

3: Judas Iscariot

4: He was crucified

5: The wise men

6: Loaves and fishes

7: The Lord’s Prayer

8: Pharisees

9: Mary

10: Raised him from the dead

11: Carpenter

12: Paul

13: Parables

14: Herod

15: Fisherman

 

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