Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Gideon in the wine press: Telling the story with folded pictures

This week in our mid week group we're going to look at the story of Gideon in the wine press, trying to bring out the point that even if you feel small and that you can't do much, God sees you for who you really are and what you can really do with His help.  Here's how we will tell the story...

I'm using an A4 sheet with simple drawings on it. 

Before folding, the sheet looks like this: 

Side 1

Side 2
The first picture is of a small sized Gideon (you will see how the folding works as the story progresses!

Gideon was an Israelite.  The Israelites lived in a land that was invaded by people from another land who came and stole their food and everything they had.  The Israelites cried out to God for help.

(Fold the paper over to hide Gideon inside the wine press)

One day, Gideon was in the wine press, threshing corn so that his family could have something to eat.  He was doing it in the wine press so he could be hidden and the invaders would not come and steal it from him! An angel appeared an said 'God is with you, mighty warrior!'

Gideon, still hiding in the wine press said 'How can God be with us if He has let all of these bad things happen to us?'  
God said 'I am sending you to go and save Israel!'

But Gideon replied, 'How can I save them?  My family is the weakest family in this area and I am the weakest in my family!' (open again to show small Gideon)
But God said to him 'I will be with you and we will do it together!' (open paper out to full extent to show that with God's strength, Gideon can be more than he thinks possible!)

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