In this kids bible story: Elijah and the ravens, children learn how God provided for his prophet. They hear a story about ravens bringing Elijah food, answer story related questions, learn a scripture verse, and complete an activity sheet.
Lesson Overview and Materials List
This Sunday school lesson is for older preschoolers but can be easily adapted for elementary students. Students learn about helping others, and Gods miracles.
This lesson takes about 45 minutes to present and requires the following supplies:
- Bible or text of 1 Kings 17:1-6
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Elijah is Fed by the Ravens Coloring Page
Kids Bible Story: Elijah and the Ravens
Here are some fun facts to share with the children to help them understand the story.
- Elijah was a prophet. In Old Testament Bible times, a prophet was Gods messenger.
- Elijah was often called Elijah the Tisbite because he was born and lived in Tishbe.
- Only two people in Bible times went to heaven without dying, and Elijah is one of them. God took him to heaven in a whirlwind.
- God allowed Elijah to perform many miracles like stopping the rain for years.
Teach by Telling and Asking
Read the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1-6 prior to class and tell it to the class in story-telling fashion. Engage the childrens interest in the story by asking questions like:
- How did God provide food for Elijah?
- Where did God tell Elijah to hide?
- How does God provide food and water for us?
- Can you think of another time when God provided food for someone in the Bible?
- What kind of food did the ravens bring?
Elijah and the Ravens Coloring Page
Give each child a copy of the coloring page and invite them to decorate it however they please. Provide various art supplies like crayons or colored pencils, and praise them efforts. Send the coloring page home as a visual reminder of the lesson
Memorizing Scripture Verses
A good memory verse for this lesson is 1 Kings 17:6 – The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening and he drank from the brook.
An easy way to teach this scripture memory verse to students of any age is by employing the piggyback song method. Using a tune that the children are familiar with, like London Bridge, fit the words of the Bible verse to the music. For instance, singing to the music of London Bridge, divide the words like this:
The ravens brought him bread and meat/ in the morning/ and bread and meat/in the evening/and he drank from the brook. / 1 Kings 17 and 6
Lesson Extension and Snack
A good way to extend the lesson is by furnishing a snack for the class like small pieces of bread and cut-up square of lunch meat. Give them water to drink and encourage them to re-tell the story in their own words while enjoying their snack.
By the end of this kids Bible story: Elijah and the ravens, the students know more about Elijah the prophet and have learned a scripture memory verse that reinforces the teaching. They completed a hands on craft and ate a snack similar to what God provided for Elijah.
References and Sources:
- Trust in the Lord: or the Story of Elijah and the Ravens, William A. Alcott, 1848, accessed 06/26/2010
- Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
- The KJV Kids Study Bible, Zondervan Corporation
- Authors own experience as a Christian education and lay childrens minister