Say hello to my trusty Bible people. My mum knitted all of these from an Alan Dart pattern for a nativity set. They are perfect for telling stories at Toddler Group. Although I don’t use them every week as variety is good, I wouldn’t want to be without them!
For the Bible story we used Luke 7:36-46. This is a difficult story to tell as it probably seems strange to us that someone would anoint a persons feet. You need to explain that in those days people would wash their feet when they went into a home as they would be dusty and hot. But when Jesus went for a meal at this man’s house he wasn’t given any water to wash his feet. Explaining this helps to make sense of what happens when the woman pours the expensive ointment or perfume on Jesus’ feet. The man didn’t really like Jesus all that much but the woman knew that he could forgive her and she showed how grateful she was.
I used a story bag to tell the story- the perfume bottle is a miniature dove moisturiser!
The craft was perfume pictures – collect lots of collage material – tissue paper shapes, wool etc and beforehand spray with perfume. Put in a sealed container until needed. The collage material is then used to make pictures that are scented. I had some flower pot and flower shapes left over from a previous craft but you could use any shapes. It’s the scent that you want!
You can use this story about Hagar to teach children that God is everywhere. We can never be somewhere that is away from God. Wherever we go, God is there. The suggested craft activity is a bus – children may sometimes go on a bus journey – but no matter where they travel to – God is there. This is a real comfort to children and adults.
The story is written for telling at a toddler group. If telling to older children include more detail from the Bible passage.
The story of Hagar can be found in Genesis 16. She was Sarah’s slave and Ishmael’s mother. Things were difficult for Hagar and she ran away.But God knew where she was and spoke to her. God gave Hagar a promise about the son she would give birth to. She responds with the acknowledgement that ‘You are a God of seeing. Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.’
To tell the story to young children you will need
A story bag with a doll to represent Hagar.
Begin by taking ‘Hagar’ from the bag and introducing her to the children (say hello to Hagar – children wave)
Hagar was very sad. Can you pretend to be sad?
She decided to run away. Pretend to run by tapping hands on knees or run on the spot. Get the children to join in.
Then she sat down. No other people there.
But, God knew where Hagar was.
He talked to her. ‘It will all be alright Hagar. Go back home’.
Hagar listened. She knew God could see where she was. She knew that God is everywhere.
‘You are the God who looks after me.’ she said.
Hagar was happy again. She went back home.
God sees you too and cares for you wherever you go. Wherever you go God is there.
The following is a simple craft to go with the story – ‘Wherever I go, God is there’. Print as many as you need. The children can add colour and people. I used some smiley face stickers for the people on the bus.
God_is_everywhere_(Bus) PDF file.