By Kimber Bailey Scott
Nehemiah 8:1-12; Luke 4:14-21; 2 Timothy 1:5, 8; 2:2; 3:15; Acts 8:26-40
Pull out your own Bible from your “magic bag.” Begin to read from it.
Do you know what this is?
Am I suppose to read it?
Who else is suppose to read it?
If you were a boy or girl in Israel a long time ago, you might have been a part of a very special day. Your mother might have gotten you out of bed early in the morning. (Stretch & Yawn)
You might have hurried through breakfast (pretend to eat fast) and then you and your family would have gone to join lots of other people. Everywhere you looked, there were people. (look around with your hands over your eyes) Dads and moms, grandpas and grandmas, and boys and girls.
Look! (Put hand over eyes & point) There’s a man named Ezra. He’s standing on a high platform. He’s opening a book. What book do you think he’s opening?
Yes, he’s opening the Bible. Back then they didn’t have books but they did have scrolls like this.
Now pull out a scroll from your “magic bag.”
All the people stood up. (have kids stand) Ezra read to the people from the Bible (or scroll) all morning long. Ezra read about the wonderful things God had done for the people. And he read about how God wanted the people to live. Everyone listened. (cup your ears)
Ezra praised God and all the people said “Amen!” and bowed down to worship God. (have the kids bow) The people were happy to hear God’s word.
How did the people feel when they heard Ezra read from the Bible (or scroll)? Yes, they were happy. Why were they happy? They were hearing God’s words, weren’t they?
Did you ever get a letter or maybe a package in the mail? Were you happy to open it? Maybe it was a special letter from your grandma or grandpa or a friend. That’s exciting isn’t it! God has given us His special words. His words are in the Bible. (show them the Bible) What does the Bible say? When we read this exciting book, we feel happy. We learn to know God better and to love Him. The Bible says “Love the Lord your God.” (ask them to repeat that with you)
Read the Bible (tune: The farmer in the dell)
*____ read her Bible.
Yes, *____ read her Bible.
*____ reads her Bible every day.
*Insert each child’s name.
Let the child being “sung” about hold a Bible.
This is my Bible; (hands held out in front with palms together like a closed book)
I’ll open it wide, (open your hands but keep them touching)
And see (or say) what is written
On the inside! (say Love The Lord Your God together)
Put a Bible in front of each child & have them hold it close to them. Ask the kids to close their eyes and bow their heads. Have them repeat after you.
Thank You, God, for giving us the Bible so that we may learn more about You and your son, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Have them make scrolls using large pretzel sticks and fruit roll ups.
Use dowel rods & paper to make Bible-scrolls.
Scroll (you can make one from 2 dowels or paper towel rolls & paper)
Bible for each child
Large pretzel sticks
Fruit roll ups