One Big Story is a Bible overview resource. The resource came about as a result of seeing the effectiveness of the Bible Alive programme in schools, and the impact when children are helped to understand the Bible as 'one big story', seeing how the individual stories connect. 

This programme is aimed at SU Groups for children in P5-P7, to take them through a Bible overview over the course of two years. 

Term 1 Resources

OVERVIEW

  • Introduction

  • Session 1: Beginnings
    The Bible tells us that everything started with God, and the Bible is one way we can find out about God and get to know him. This session covers a brief introduction to the Bible - who wrote it, when it was written and how it is structured.

  • Session 2: Creation
    God made the world and saw that it was good. Humans are a special part of God’s creation, individually designed and made in his image.

  • Session 3: Sin
    When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, his perfect creation was spoiled and their friendship with God was damaged. We all sin too but God still cares for us and has a plan to sort it out.

  • Session 4: Flood
    Sin is a big problem which God can’t just ignore - here he acts to deal with it, but he saves Noah and his family because of Noah’s faith. Today he still saves people who have faith in him.

  • Session 5: Promise
    God made a promise to Abraham that seemed amazing but impossible. Abraham had to wait a long time, but God kept his promise, showing that he is always faithful and that nothing is impossible with God.

  • Session 6: Faith
    Abraham showed faith by trusting God and obeying him even when he was asked to do something very hard that he didn’t understand. God is someone that we can trust and have faith that he has a good plan for us and he won’t let us down. 

  • Session 7: Encounter
    Jacob had cheated his brother and had to run away, but although he had done things that were wrong God still cared and Jacob was changed by his meeting with God. Like Jacob, we may not always realise he is there, but God promises to be with his people today too.

  • Session 8: Trouble
    Lots of things happened to Joseph which were difficult and seemed unfair, but God was still with him and helped him in these times. Like Joseph we have a choice about how we react when things are hard - we can ask God for help in these situations.

  • Session 9: Plan
    Even though Joseph’s brothers had meant to harm him, God had a plan and things turned out well in the end. God has a plan for our lives too - he can help us in the hard times and even bring good things out of them if we trust him.

  • Session 10: Immanuel
    We have talked a lot this term about God being with his people - Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. Jesus was called Immanuel (God with us) and Christians believe Jesus was God come to live on earth as a human being. Just like with Abraham, God made a promise to Mary which seemed impossible, but she had faith and trusted what God said.

  • Session 11: Party
    This session is slightly different from the others as it is an outline for an end of term party. There will be more time for games than usual, but there is also a pass the parcel game which will help to fill in the details of the Christmas story not covered in the previous session and help the children to continue to reflect on the significance of Christmas.


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Please note, most of the sessions below are saved as zip files. A zip file just a folder of documents packaged together. Once you have downloaded a zip file, you need to unzip the folder before you can save and use the documents. If you're having trouble downloading or need more help with unzipping, please get in touch

    

     

     

 

 

Term 2 Resources

OVERVIEW

  • Session 12: I Am

    God revealed himself to Moses at the burning bush and called him to a daunting task. It was important that Moses understood who God was so that he could have confidence in the fact that God was with him.

  • Session 13: Challenge

    There are consequences for people who, like Pharaoh, continue to rebel against God. Just because God has told us to do something it doesn’t mean it will be easy. Sometimes, like Moses, we have to keep going, doing the right thing, even when it is really hard. 

  • Session 14: Rescuer

    God has amazing power to rescue, even in situations where it seems impossible. Like the Israelites,
    we can ask God for help when we need it.

  • Session 15: Provider

    Like Moses and the Israelites, we can trust God to provide all our needs. We should be thankful for the things we have, rather than complaining about things we want but don’t have.

  • Session 16: Ruler

    Now that God had rescued the Israelites from slavery and was leading them to their own land, he gave them instructions about how they should live as his people. He gave them these rules because he loved them and wanted them to live in the best way.

  • Session 17: Obedience

    Despite God’s faithfulness to the Israelites, they struggled to be faithful to him and obey him, building a golden calf to worship. We also struggle to obey God’s rules, and there are consequences to that, but God remains faithful.

  • Session 18: Trust

    12 spies explored the Promised Land and brought back their reports, but only two trusted God enough to believe that he would help them get into the land. It is important to God that his people trust him.

  • Session 19: Passover

    When God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, they were saved by sacrificing a lamb and putting its blood around their doorframe. When Jesus’ body was broken and his blood was shed, he became the perfect sacrifice so that people can be saved from sin by trusting in him.

  • Session 20: Easter

    Jesus was arrested and crucified, but his death on the cross was not the end of the story. He rose to life, and he promises forgiveness and eternal life for those who trust in him.

If you need an extra session this term, you may want to include Session 21 from term 3 between Sessions 18 and 19.

Click on each pack below to download the resources.

Please note, most of the sessions below are saved as zip files. A zip file just a folder of documents packaged together. Once you have downloaded a zip file, you need to unzip the folder before you can save and use the documents. If you're having trouble downloading or need more help with unzipping, please get in touch


 Session 12  Session 13  Session 14  session 15  

Session 16  Session 17  Session 18  Session 19  

Session 20  

Term 3 Resources

OVERVIEW

  • Session 22: Weakness

    God gives us strength in our weakness. If we depend on him when we are weak, that is when we can see his strength working through us.

  • Session 23: Strength

    The Israelitet seemed like an impossible task, but by following his instructions they were able to succeed.

  • Session 24: Listening

    God speaks - he spoke to Samuel and he speaks to us today. As we get to know him, we can learn to listen and to hear his voice.

  • Session 25: Heart

    God chose David as king because he knew what was in his heart. God knows what we are really like inside and that is what matters to him more than how we look on the surface.

  • Session 26: Giants

    God is powerful. He provided a champion for the Israelites in David, and he provides a champion for us in Jesus.

  • Session 27: Wisdom

    Wisdom comes from God. He gave Solomon the wisdom to rule well as king, and he gives us wisdom as we get to know him through the Bible.

Click on each pack below to download the resources.

Please note, most of the sessions below are saved as zip files. A zip file just a folder of documents packaged together. Once you have downloaded a zip file, you need to unzip the folder before you can save and use the documents. If you're having trouble downloading or need more help with unzipping, please get in touch

 

Session 21