Volume Two

Some of the Sacred Stories use a large box of sand called the Desert Box. An alternative to this is a desert bag Desert bag instructions

The Circle of the Church Year will need to be adapted for your church tradition. Here is a version that changes some of the language for the UK Circle of Church Year Text and here is a diagram Circle of Church Year diagram.

page9-1008-thumbThe Books of the Bible is an enrichment lesson. Wooden “books” in a bookcase can be obtained from St Michael’s Workshop, Bowthorpe. This document advises on painting the books and gives suggested text to add to the Summary Cards, which are kept in a basket beside the bookcase Books of the Bible Summary Cards. A key may also be helpful when replacing the books in the bookcase Bible bookshelf key. The wooden books are different widths, and you may like to arrange them according to the relative size of the Bible texts. These documents will help you relativesizeofoldtestamentbooks relativesizeofnewtestamentbooks. After painting the books, you will want to add titles to the spines Titles (1). Lastly, a control key showing the colours and a list of the books in each section is attached to the back of the bookcase to help teach the lesson Bible books key

Volume Three

Six of the stories are parables of Jesus. They are kept in gold boxes because, like gold, they are valuable. They are a gift and sometimes hard to get into. The boxes should be plain, not patterned, but they can be spray painted cardboard.

Volume Four

These are presentations for during Lent – the Faces of Easter – and also presentations related to the Eucharist and the Early Church.

Volume Six

These stories enrich the core stories found in Volume Two. They are intended for when children are very familiar with the core stories.

Second Creation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreen rectangular felt underlay
Two wooden trees
Hollow wooden apple containing “differences”
Adam, Eve
Snake

Story of Abraham

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATan felt underlay 132 x30 cm
3 small stones
3 small boxes containing dust, sand and stars
Rublev icon of the Trinity – widely available
Small bundle of sticks tied together with string
coal – use Fimo, or seal a piece of coal with PVA glue
small knife
long piece of string
ram
cave 

Story of Sarah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATan felt underlay 132 x30cm
five people of God: Sarah, Abraham, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac
2 baby blankets
spring of water – paint a stone with acrylic paint to show water coming out of rock
sack of grain – sew a bag from Hessian, 10 x 8 cm finished size
cave

 

Tenttent – 4 wooden poles (dowling) front poles – 10 cm high, back poles – 8 cm high, horizontal pole at front – 13 cm with wooden beads as finials; wooden base 14 x 9 cm with holes drilled to fit dowling – 6 cm apart at back, 10 cm apart at front.
The tent covering is made with chamois leather dyed red with Dylon (put in plastic container – zap in Microwave for 1 min at a time until dye fixed).  Sizes = 35 x 15 cm including spare for seams for main body of tent.  Roof covering = 35 x 12 cm, door of tent = 12 high x 11 cm wide.
1. Either cut the back piece to size, or sew smaller pieces together to make the sides and back of tent, sew loops or equivalent to attach to front and back poles. 2. Sew the door piece over the horizontal front pole, attach loops of thread or equivalent to front poles of main tent body to slip over the finials to hold horizontal front pole in place.  3. Drape roof covering over the tent.

Story of Jacob

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATan felt underlay 132 x30cm
soup bowl – use white or terracotta Fimo
fake fur
sign with “Peniel”
ladder – 15 cm high x 5 cm wide. Use 2 cm diameter dowling for the uprights, BBQ skewers for the crosspieces. Drill holes and glue into wooden base
2 wedding veils – In early Jewish weddings, both bride and groom would wear clothes with a blue band around the bottom – blue being the colour of good luck. So, to make the veils for this story, maybe make them out of cream coloured linen, with a blue band around bottom, and/or embroidered with multi-coloured silks.  Alternatively, use white or iridescent organza, gathered at top to make a veil shape.
14 people of God

Story of Joseph

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATan felt underlay 132 x 30cm
coat of many colours
12 heads of grain – can be got from florists/field. Preserve by dipping in PVA glue. Wrap in brown felt
mini sun, moon and stars plaque from Creation – 13 x 9 cm
box of 20 silver coins
pyramid
cow
ear of corn
sack of grain – sew a bag from Hessian, 10 x 8 cm finished size

Story of Moses

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATan felt underlay 132 x 30 cm
Basket – knit piece 11 cm x 8 cm from rough grey/green wool  and sew into basket 8 cm long, 5 cm wide x 3 cm deep
Moses
Rushes – use strips of green felt
Burning bush – 8 cm x 6 cm. Template available to paint from St Michael’s Workshop, Bowthorpe
Reed/Red Sea – use two strips of blue felt
Quail – template available to paint from St Michael’s Workshop, Bowthorpe
Manna – use cotton wool or communion wafer
Rock and staff – use stone and piece of dowel
Mt Sinai – use rock from 10 Best Ways
Ark of Covenant – use Ark from Ark and the Tent

Story of Ruth

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADark brown felt underlay 55 cm x 90 cm
River – wind strands of wool in different shades of blues and greens together and tie at ends.  Or use strips of blue felt or a strip of blue silk.
Bunch of grain/corn –  Can be got from florist/field.  To preserve it as a small bundle of corn, dip a few heads with short stalks in pva glue and wrap in a piece of Hessian/felt tied around stalks.
Crown – Cut a crown shape out of felt and sew into a circle. Soak felt with PVA glue and when dry, paint with gold paint mixed with PVA glue.
Bethlehem – Peter’s template for a mini folding Bethlehem model (see CD)- each of the 3 pieces approx:10 x 7 cm.  Bowthorpe make a beautiful ‘mini’ triangular one just like the Focal Shelf Bethlehem.

Story of Samuel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADark brown felt underlay 132 x 30 cm
Ark of Covenant – use Ark from Ark and the Tent
Baby in blanket – use a People of God figure wrapped in soft fabric in neutral colour.
3 Coats – see basic coat template (Peter’s CD) – make up using felt, or fabric sewn into tunic shape.  Make one 3 cm long, one 4 cm long and one 5 cm long.
Sleeping Mat – make a carpet type mat using tapestry fabric etc, or a suitable woven fabric cut or sewn into a rectangle. To be ‘hand-sized’ it will need to be approx 7 x 5 cm.
Crown – Cut a crown shape out of felt and sew into a circle. Soak felt with PVA glue and when dry, paint with gold paint mixed with PVA glue.
Small glass bottle of oil – http://www.colouredbottles.co.uk/store/
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Story of David

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPurple felt underlay 132 x 30 cm
Horn – make a cone with fymo approx 10cm long and then twist slightly.
Harp – Bowthorpe or Peter’s template (see CD) – make out of ply then paint  (10 cm high, 11 cm wide at top, 5 cm wide at bottom) strung with fishing twine or tough thread.
Sling – cut an elongated diamond out of a piece of old leather (possibly from a belt) approx 4cm, then take a small length of leather throng to thread through either end.
Small Gold Box – as a mini parable box.
Mini flat sheep templates – buy from Bowthorpe and then paint.
Image of Jerusalem – Use Peter’s image from CD, and Bowthorpe make a plaque to paint or stick picture on.

Story of Elijah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADark brown felt underlay 132 x 30 cm
Crown – Cut a crown shape out of felt and sew into a circle. Soak felt with PVA glue and when dry, paint with gold paint mixed with PVA glue.
Raven – mould out of clay using a picture of a raven as a guide, or use a wooden model – Bowthorpe.
Small glass bottle of oil – http://www.colouredbottles.co.uk/store/
Sack of grain – sew a bag from Hessian, 10 x 8 cm finished size
Altars – Bowthorpe wooden blocks – match box size, or use air-drying clay
Image of Elijah and chariot – use the one in the Volume 6 or Peter’s painting on the CD. Bowthorpe make a plaque to paint or stick picture on.

Story of Isaiah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADark brown felt underlay 150 x 30 cm, with stitching at 50 and 100 cm, so that it looks like 3 pieces joined together
Holy Holy Plaque – Use Peter’s image from CD – blank plaque available from Bowthorpe.
Grapes – any representation of grapes, or string glass beads together using wire, or wooden beads to make a bunch of grapes.
Mother gathering her children plaque – height 13 cm, width 16 cm – Bowthorpe to produce, paint using Peter’s image from CD.
Beautiful robe – sew a robe using beautiful fabrics and decorate with beads, pearls etc or cut out a robe shape out of felt and decorate with ribbon, beads etc.

Volume Seven

The stories of twelve of the Saints, or Heroes, of the Church are told in Volume 7. Find out how they might enrich your work and play by attending this workshop 2013 Godly Play Conference

Volume Eight

These stories continue on from the Faces of Easter. As yet the materials are not available in the UK.