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This page has all the Aslan resources. The lessons are split into 3 categories:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Extra Topics

Click on each tab to view the different lessons for each topic, then you can either download the Lesson Plan and the different levels of work for each session as PDFs, or download ‘All Content’ – a zip file which includes all the PDFs + Word documents.  I’ve included the Word documents so that you can edit them for your own use if you wish to do so.

Old Testament

The aim of these sessions is to convey a sense of wonder about the world that God created – the sheer abundance of everything and His generosity in giving us so much to enjoy. For levels 1,2 and 3 there is a craft that runs through all 3 sessions, building up week by week, as well as several other activities. For Level 4 their activities include using Minecraft to build a scene of the created world.

Bible Reference: Genesis 1

Sun, moon, stars

Y 1 . S e p : 1

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Trees, plants, fish, birds

Y 1 . S e p : 2

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Animals

Y 1 . S e p : 3

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This session is about Noah. This is a story known by many children but it is a challenge to get away from the nursery view of lots of pairs of cuddly animals boarding a clean and beautifully crafted ark! The story is one of God’s regret and sadness about how people had chosen evil over good, but it is important to balance that with the rainbow promise of his love and reassurance that the earth will never again be destroyed by a flood.

Bible Reference: Genesis 6-9

Noah

Y 1 . N o v : 2

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The life of Joseph is an exciting one, full of twists and turns. In these 6 sessions we learn about his strong faith in spite of the devastating effects of jealousy, lies and cruelty. We also learn about the unfolding of God’s plan which had such far-reaching consequences for Jacob’s descendents, the Israelite people.

Bible Reference: Genesis 37-47

Coat and Dreams

Y 1 . M a y : 1

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Joseph Sold

Y 1 . M a y : 2

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Joseph in Prison

Y 1 . M a y : 3

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Pharaoh’s Dreams

Y 1 . J u n : 1

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Brothers go to Egypt

Y 1 . J u n : 2

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Family Reunited

Y 1 . J u n : 3

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These 6 lessons on the birth, life and death of Moses take us from his extraordinary upbringing in the Pharaoh’s Palace right through to the time when Joshua was appointed as next leader of the Israelites and led them into the Promised Land.

Bible References: Exodus: chapters 1-25, Joshua: 6

Burning Bush

Y 2. O c t : 1

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Red Sea

Y 2 . Oct : 3

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10 Commandments

Y 2 . N o v : 1

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Tabernacle

Y 2 . N o v : 2

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Battle of Jericho

Y 2 . N o v : 3

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Gideon wasn’t a superhero! Like Moses, he was fearful of what God was calling him to do. However, God saw potential and patiently encouraged Gideon to trust that he would help him. These 3 lessons cover the story of Gideon from the time he was hiding in a winepress through to victory over the Midianites.

Bible References: Judges, chapters 6 and 7

God calls Gideon

Y 2. J a n : 1

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Called but Unsure

Y 2 . J a n : 2

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Victory

Y 2 . J a n : 3

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Samson is known as the character who had the gift of amazing strength. God gave him this ability to use in the defence of the Israelites and to help free them from the Philistines who terrorised them. Samson’s life is a strange one. He was used by God but he was also tempted into making some seriously bad choices! The Bible doesn’t gloss over the failures of people, but this story reminds us that God can use anyone to fulfill his purposes and that the only perfect person who ever lived was Jesus.

Bible references: Judges, chapters 13-16

Superstrength

Y 2. Mar : 1

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Delilah

Y 2 . Mar : 2

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Forgiven

Y 2 . Mar : 3

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This set of lessons takes us from the time of the judges, a period of 300 years, to the first kings of Israel – Saul and David. The last judge was Samuel, a godly man who was born to Hannah after much prayer. When he grew up, Samuel was led to appoint Saul as the first king. At first Saul was successful, listening to God through the messages of Samuel, but then he made independent decisions which angered God. Samuel was then told to anoint the next king – David. This is the great story of God looking on the heart – a great message!

Bible references: 1 Samuel 2, 10 and 16

Last Judge

Y 2. May : 1

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First King

Y 2 . May : 2

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David Anointed

Y 2 . May : 3

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In this series we begin by looking at the story of David and Goliath, then go on to learn about the strong friendship between David and Jonathan. In the third session, we see how David was the author of about half of the Psalms contained in the Bible. David was not perfect, as we know from his relationship with Bathsheba, but an immensely capable man with a deep trust in God and a gift of expressing worship that hundreds of generations have benefited from.

Bible references: 1 Samuel 17 and 18, Psalms 19, 23 and 139

Solomon is known most for his wisdom and for the building of the Temple at Jerusalem, which are the subjects of the first two lessons. He became a powerful man, admired by many and achieving so much. However, it’s important to remember that he didn’t stay loyal to God and that this resulted in bad consequences which are looked at in the 3rd lesson. Children (and adults!) often like to think of people as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. The Bible is honest about people’s failings and it’s helpful to talk about this messy side of life!

Bible references: 1 Kings: 3, 5 and 12

Temple

Y 3 . Nov : 2

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Kingdom Divided

Y 3 . Nov : 3

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Two stories here from the life of Elijah. The first is the story of Ahab and the contest on Mount Carmel – 450 prophets of Baal against Elijah. Elijah showed such faith that God would answer his prayer for fire and he was not disappointed! The second story is of Elijah being taken up to heaven in a whirlwind and Elisha becoming the next prophet of Israel.

Bible references: 1 Kings 18, 2 Kings 2

We have so much to learn from Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – four men who put God first in a place where it was extremely dangerous to do so.

The stories of the fire and the lions’ den have become so familiar to most of us that we forget the horror of the situation. It’s important to stress the bravery and complete trust in God that these men exhibit. How would we feel? Would we be able to face death rather than betray God? One child asked me ‘how do you get the power to be able to do that?’ This led on to him committing his life to Jesus – such a wonderful result of him hearing that story for the first time.

Bible references: Dan 2, 3, 6

Daniel

King’s Dream

Y 3. Feb : 1

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Daniel

Lions’ Den

Y 3 . Feb : 3

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Jonah – the prophet who tried to disobey God but eventually did what he had asked!

There have been various attempts to scientifically prove the possibility of existing inside a large fish for 3 days. I wanted to be able to offer this explanation for those at L4 but wasn’t sufficiently convinced by any of it. It makes for an interesting discussion if any are keen to pursue it! The main thing to get across is God’s love for all, his willingness to redeem a corrupt group of people and his power to use the miraculous.

Bible references: Jonah

This is an exciting story of God’s intervention in the potential destruction of the Jewish people. Interestingly, God isn’t mentioned throughout the entire book, but Esther does ask Mordecai to mobilise prayer and fasting to give her courage and favour with the king to enable her to foil the plot.

The story is quite an involved one and therefore some of the detail has been left out of the activities of the lower levels in order to simplify the story. The main message to convey is that God used Esther in an extraordinary way to save his people from destruction.

Bible references: Esther

New Testament

These sessions are about Jesus growing up. Jesus was a child, like all of us, and lived with a family of brothers and sisters. These sessions give an insight into what life might have been like for him in his young years and take us through to the start of his public ministry.

‘The child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favour was on him’ Luke 2:40 NLT.

Bible Reference: Luke 2, Matthew 3

Life in Nazareth

Y 1 . O c t : 1

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Jesus in the Temple

Y 1 . O c t : 2

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Jesus is Baptised

Y 1 . O c t : 3

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The Nativity story is important to tell every year. This year I have used the Bible Society video and script ‘The well good news of Christmas’. There is also a session on explaining the meaning behind Christmas decorations, involving card-making (enjoyed at all levels!) and I’ve added our plan for the Christmas party – some familiar routines, but extra food at snack time, and games instead of learning activities.

Bible Reference: Luke 2

Jesus is born

Y 1 . D e c : 1

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Interactive Nativity

Y 1 . D e c : 2

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Christmas Party

Y 1 . D e c : 3

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The 2 sessions for Christmas this year include the activity of creating Herod’s palace using Minecraft for the Level 3 and 4 children and delving into some of the prophecies made about Jesus in the Old Testament.

The Birth of Jesus

Y 2 . D e c : 1

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Jesus Prophesied

Y 2 . D e c : 2

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The 2 sessions for Christmas this year focus on God’s plan and purpose for Jesus coming to earth. We celebrate the amazing circumstances and rejoice in a new-born baby at Christmas, but God knew Jesus would be sacrificing his life for us. Using the candy cane and then the Christingle as symbols are fun and enjoyable, but both remind us of the greater truth and reason for his birth.

God’s Plan

Y 3 . D e c : 1

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Christingle

Y 3 . D e c : 2

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These sessions are about Jesus calling his disciples. This group of friends were very important to him, but were just ordinary people. It is helpful to focus on how each of us needs other people and that everyone is different. God has made each of us unique.

Bible Reference: Mark 1-3, Luke 5

Jesus Calls His Disciples

Y 1 . J a n : 1

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Fishers of Men

Y 1 . J a n : 2

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Jesus calls Matthew

Y 1 . J a n : 3

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Jesus performed many miracles, he healed many people and he taught thousands. His first miracle was when he turned water into wine to bring joy to the host and the guests; he healed a blind man to show God’s power (Jn 9:3); and, in the Beatitudes, he taught people the way to feel close to God. In these three examples we see the love, power and wisdom of Jesus.

Bible Reference: John 2, John 9, Matthew 5

Water into Wine

Y 1 . F e b : 1

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Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Y 1 . F e b : 2

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The Beatitudes

Y 1 . F e b : 3

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These 5 sessions cover the last week of Jesus’ life and then his ascension into heaven. It’s good to take time to help children to understand the significance of these events as being central to the Christian faith (however challenging it may prove to be!).

Bible Reference: Mark 11, Mark 14, John 18, John 19, Acts 1

Hosanna

Y 1 . M a r : 2

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Jesus clears the Temple

Y 1 . M a r : 3

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Last Supper

Y 1 . A p r : 1

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Death and Resurrection

Y 1 . A p r : 2

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Ascension

Y 1 . A p r : 3

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This is a single session summarising the days leading up to the resurrection of Jesus and is suitable for Easter Sunday.

Easter

Easter

Y 2 . Apr : 1

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These 5 sessions cover the last week of Jesus’ life and then his ascension into heaven. It’s good to take time to help children to understand the significance of these events as being central to the Christian faith (however challenging it may prove to be!).

Bible Reference: Mark 11, Mark 14, John 18, John 19, Acts 1

Easter

Last Supper

Y 3 . A p r : 1

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Easter

Empty Tomb

Y 3 . A p r : 2

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Easter

Jesus Appears

Y 3 . A p r : 3

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These lessons give an opportunity to think about why we pray, who we pray to and what Jesus taught his disciples about prayer.

Bible Reference: Matt 6

Our Father

Y 1 . J u l : 1

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Who, What, When?

Y 1 . J u l : 2

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We know that Jesus healed many people. Here are three wonderful examples.

Bible References: Mark 2, Luke 17, Mark 5

Paralysed Man

Y 2 . S e p : 1

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10 Lepers

Y 2 . S e p : 2

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Jairus’s Daughter

Y 2 . S e p : 3

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This section includes 3 of Jesus’ best known parables – great stories with important teaching points about listening and remembering, being loved and caring for others.

Bible references:  Mark 4, Luke 14, Luke 10 (25-37)

The Sower

Y 2 . F e b : 1

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The Great Feast

Y 2 . F e b : 2

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The Good Samaritan

Y 2 . F e b : 3

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Two popular and well-known stories: Jesus calming the storm and Jesus walking on water. Plenty of opportunity here to talk about miracles and faith.

Bible references:  Mark 4:35-41,  Matt 14

Walking on Water

Y 2 . Apr : 3

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These sessions focus on thinking about who Jesus was – a man living in Galilee and experiencing relationships with others as we do; and as ‘The Light’ and ‘The Gate’, guiding us through life and inviting us to become part of his family.

Bible references:  John 8:12 and John 10

The Light

Y 2 . Jun : 1

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The Gate

Y 2 . Jun : 2

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The first session here looks at what Jesus meant when he described us as salt and light – an opportunity to taste crisps with and without salt! Feeding the 5000 is one of the best known stories in the New Testament with its themes of generosity, practical care and the miraculous.

Bible references:  Matt 5 and Mark 6

Salt & Light

Y 2 . Jul : 1

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Feeding 5000

Y 2 . Jul : 2

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The three sessions here focus on the choice Jesus gives us all about whether to follow him or not. All can be understood on a simple level and are therefore great stories to tell, but there is opportunity to go a lot deeper for the more inquisitive. The stories are great for discussion about greed, money, friendship and what are the most important things in life.

Bible references:  Luke 19, Luke 18 and Matt 7

Zacchaeus

Y 3 . O c t : 1

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Rich Young Man

Y 3 . O c t : 2

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Wise or Foolish

Y 3 . O c t : 3

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Here we have two of the best-known parables of Jesus – the Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son. Great stories to explain God’s love for all people and his capacity to forgive and always welcome us no matter how much we mess up!

Bible references:  Luke 15:3-7, Luke 15:11-32

God's Love

Lost Sheep

Y 3 . M a r : 1

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God's Love

Prodigal Son

Y 3 . M a r : 2

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Pentecost – What an incredible day! How amazing for the disciples to hear the wind and experience the promised Holy Spirit empowering them. How amazing for the gathered crowds to hear a whole variety of languages being spoken, and then to hear all about Jesus in their own tongue.

I hope you enjoy sharing the excitement of this event as you use the material for this lesson!

 

Bible references:  Acts 2

Pentecost

Pentecost

Y 3 . M a y : 3

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The life of Paul is a dramatic one! He lived life to the full both before and after his conversion. When he became a believer, he spent the rest of his life dedicated to sharing the good news he’d discovered, with little regard for his own safety or comfort.

The three lessons here are all exciting and engaging: his conversion, his imprisonment with Silas and the shipwreck on his journey to Rome.

Bible references:  Acts 9, 16, 24-27

Paul

Conversion

Y 3 . J u n : 1

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Paul

In Prison

Y 3 . J u n : 2

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Paul

Shipwreck

Y 3 . J u n : 3

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Right at the end of the bible there are glimpses of what heaven will be like, but in this lesson I’m focussing on the words of Paul when he wrote to the Corinthians  ‘No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him’. Another awe and wonder lesson – interesting to find out what children imagine heaven is like!

Bible references:  1 Cor 2:9

Heaven

Heaven

Y 3 . Jul : 1

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Extra Topics

We regularly have baptismal services in our church for children and adults who profess faith in Jesus. This session is about how we do it at Tonbridge Baptist Church, looking at what it means to be baptised and the practical steps of preparation –  to encourage discussion and show that it is for everyone, including those with additional needs!

I have found that making cards is something that all abilities enjoy. Mother’s Day can be challenging for those children who don’t live with their birth Mums, but focussing on thanking the primary caregiver is a positive way of dealing with it.

Mother’s Day 1

Y 1 . M a r : 1

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A mother’s Day card with some jokes to insert and room to thank Mum or the primary care-giver on this special day.

Father’s Day is a good time to think of our dads and to say thank you. However, we all know children who don’t live with their biological dads. Some have good relationships and will be able to participate in this activity easily but others will struggle. I’ve adapted the first activity sheet for the child who wants to give the card to their father figure, but who they don’t call ‘Dad’. That sheet is included at the end set of activity sheets.

Father’s Day

Y 2 . Jun : 3

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This session reinforces that we are all made by God. Each of us is unique and has different gifts and abilities. The important lesson from this is that God has no favourites. All of us are special to him regardless of how we look or what we can do. The video of Max Lucado’s book ‘You Are Special’ is a great starting point!

I have set the session up as a New Year activity, but it could equally be used at the beginning of a school year. All the word documents are included in the ‘All Content’ folder and dates can be adapted.

You’re Special

Y 3. Jan : 5

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