To explain to the children some of what the Bible contains.
You will need:
- Three sets of ‘sandwich-boards’ drawn to look like a Bible, a road atlas and a book of fairy stories.
- Three adults to read these different parts, plus a leader
Make the sandwich –boards from cardboard so that they fit over the shoulders of the wearers.
‘Bible’ should stand in the centre. ‘Road Atlas’ enters, making car noises, and bumps into Bible.
BIBLE: Ouch! That was a nasty bump. Who are you? What are you doing on this shelf?
ROAD ATLAS: I’m a Road Atlas – can’t you tell? (more car noises) I’m very important – you’d be lost without me. My maps can get you anywhere you want to go, (names some local places of interest). I can take you to see your Granny if she lives a long way away; I can get you to places at the other end of the country. Don’t ever set off on a journey without me! AND I’m on special offer at WH Smith’s this week. So there! (Exits)
BIBLE: Sounds interesting, but I’ve got maps in me too, although not of this country – they’re of somewhere a long way away, but very special. Now who is this coming along the shelf?
(Enter Fairy Stories.)
FAIRY STORIES: (reading Bible’s cover) The Bible..I guess you’ve not been read for a long time! I’m out every bedtime – I’m their favourite book! I’m full of adventures – The Little Mermaid, The Tin Soldier, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes…exciting stories about important people and important things. AND I’m full of pictures! (Exits.)
BIBLE: I didn’t like to interrupt, but I’m full of stories too – only mine are true! They are exciting stories, full of adventure, about special people and important things. Other books come and go, but I’ve been around a lot longer than those two. In fact I’ve sold more copies than any other book that has ever been written. God helped lots of different people to write me, and they all tell the most important story ever: that God loves people very much. Look – someone’s come to read me! (Exits)
LEADER: The Bible is a very special book from God, just as we heard. It has lots of different sorts of stories in it.
Who has got a Bible at home? Who has read the Bible? Which stories do you know that are in the Bible?
Show where in the Bible are some of the stories that they mention, or some very well known ones, eg Noah in Genesis 6-9; David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17; Jesus’ birth in Luke 2; the lost sheep in Luke 15.
You may want to use a children’s Bible that includes colour drawings.
Thank you, God, for all the different stories in the Bible and for all the things that they tell us about you.