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Temple Workshop
Passing on your Faith


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Review of Elijah’s story as a great prophet of God – I Kings 17 and 18 (Bible Background)


Scripture Reference:
Read II Kings 2:1-22

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Transparent sheet protectors
  • Vis a Vis markers or erasable board markers
  • Transparency insert showing a body outline or smiling face
  • Blank white paper behind
  • Paper insert showing a cross or Jesus




Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.


Open with a prayer.


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Discussion Questions:

  • When Elisha asked Elijah for a double portion of his spirit, what was he saying?
  • How did Elijah respond to this request? “You have asked a hard thing.” “If you see me as I am being taken from you…”
  • Why this request from Elijah, to stay with him to the end?
    • Elijah did not want to be alone as he left the earth?
    • Companionship?
  • Elijah knew that Elisha would be blessed by God if he witnessed this miracle? Did Elijah know what was about to happen?
  • Elijah and Elisha both knew that we grow in faith by “staying close” to those whose faith is strong… by watching how they live and observing their ACTS of FAITH!

Faith is the substance of:
Things hoped for, the evidence of
Things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Faith is not perceived by the 5 senses.
Seen Heard Smelled Tasted Touched

We can however SENSE faith in those around us by witnessing their actions and hearing their words. Observing ACTS of FAITH

Certainly Elisha learned many things by observing and following Elijah and growing in his faith through Elijah’s ACTS.

Our faith cannot be seen. It is invisible! Unless we act upon it.

Martin Luther said
“Where there are no good works, there is no faith.
If works and love do not blossom, faith is not genuine faith.
The Gospel has not yet gained a foothold and Christ is not yet rightly known.”

When we grow in faith- our good works are seen by others and Christ shines through us.

  • Show the transparent sheet protector to symbolize our “invisible” faith.
  • Slide in the paper and transparency to represent a person. (With Jesus slid in behind)
  • “Think of this as a person you know to be faithful.
  • When you sing the song you have been practicing, Thank You (Ray Boltz). Who comes to mind?
  • Is there someone in your life who is “giving to the Lord”, whose ACTS of FAITH are making a difference in your life?
  • That person who may be your Elijah? Whom you want to stay with and receive a portion of their spirit?
  • Name that person in your heart.
  • Tell us about them. How are they “Giving to the Lord”?
  • Write on the transparency or draw pictures to represent what these faithful people do to let Christ shine through them.
  • Pray
  • Worship
  • Read the Bible
  • Care for others, visit sick or elderly
  • ???


  • After writing on the transparency, draw out the paper behind the shape of human to reveal a picture of Jesus or the Cross.
  • How can He shine through us if we are not transparent,
  • If we are not acting on our faith?
  • How can we receive his blessings and share a portion of another’s spirit if we are hanging out with people who’s acts are less than faithful?


Before you go. Remember the person you have named in your heart. I would like them to get this letter from you. You may wish to take the letter and deliver it in person… or add a note and mail it… or send it anonymously.
You may wish to leave a name with me and I will mail or deliver your thank you note. You may sign it or send it anonymously.
Have the children add what they wish and fold letters place in an envelope and write whom it is for on the outside. Letters can be placed in a basket for the teacher to mail.

Dear Friend,
Our Sunday School at Elim Church in Randall, is doing a study of Elisha
from II Kings 2:1-22.
This week we discussed how our faith is passed on, and how we, like Elisha, want to stay close beside those whose faith, and acts of faith, we admire. Those people who we can see Christ through.
Someone in our class this week has named you as that person in their life. That person for whom this song, by Ray Boltz, was written for and about.

Thank You
I dreamed I went to heaven And you were there with me
We walked upon the streets of gold Beside the crystal sea
We heard the angels singing And someone called your name
We turned and saw a young man And he was smiling as he came
And he said, “Friend, you may not know me now” And then he said, “But wait,
You used to teach my Sunday School When I was only eight
And every week you would say a prayer Before the class would start
And one day when you said that prayer I asked Jesus in my heart”
Then another man stood before you And said, “Remember the time
A missionary came to your church And his pictures made you cry?
You didn’t have much money But you gave it anyway
Jesus took the gift you gave And that’s why I’m here today”
One by one they came Far as the eye could see
Each life some how Touched by your generosity
Little things that you had done Sacrifices made
Unnoticed on the earth In heaven now proclaimed
And I know up in heaven You’re not supposed to cry
But I am almost sure There were tears in your eyes
As Jesus took your hand And you stood before the Lord
He said, “My child, look around you For great is your reward”

The Junior Choir will be performing on Sunday,_______________, and we invite you to come hear this message as well.

Thank you,
Elim Sunday School
Randall, Iowa

(To be read before singing “Thank You” to the congregation.)

We have been studying Elisha this rotation from second Kings, chapter 2. Our Sunday school has discussed how our faith is passed on to others. How we want to stay close to those people whose faith is strong, just like Elisha stayed close to Elijah.
The song we are about to sing gives thanks to a Christian “for giving to the Lord.” Please listen as we sing “Thank You,” by Ray Boltz (‘Bolts. The words are printed in your bulletin.


A lesson written by Deb Lunn – for non-profit use only


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Drama Script
“Holy Chariots of Fire!”

(II Kings 2: 1-22)

Characters: Narrator 1&2, Elijah, Elisha, student 1&2, man, (No speaking - group of men, mom, dad, chariot/whirlwind)

Props: Mantle/cloak, plates/cups, blue cloth for river, black tarp, cloth to tear, bowl/salt, spring/big bucket

Narrator 1: This is Elijah. (Enter Elijah) He is one of the Great Prophets of God. He was strong and true to our God at a time when most of the people worshipped a fake god named Baal. (Like Pail)

Elijah: Yes, sir-ree! God is God! Those other people need to stop believing in that fake god and believe in my God. My God is the one true God.

Narrator 2: God wanted Elisha to take over for Elijah and be a prophet.

Elijah: God told me to find Elisha, so I obeyed. (Leaning over in a whisper) Sure wish he had a different name. You know, everyone is going to get those names mixed up ‘cause they sound so much a like – Elijah – Elisha.

Narrator 1: God told Elijah he should anoint Elisha to replace him as a prophet. Elijah found him plowing in a field with 11 other team of oxen. (Elijah act this out) Elijah went over to him and threw his mantle on him – threw his coat across his shoulders – and walked away again.

Elisha: Hey! Wait! Let me say good-bye to dad and mom first. Then I will come with you and do what the Lord wishes.

Narrator 2: So Elisha and his family had a great feast. (Mom, dad, Elisha sit and eat) Then he followed Elijah and became his assistant.

Narrator 1: Now we move forward in the story. It came time for the Lord to take Elijah to heaven. But Elijah wasn’t going to heaven like everyone else – by dying first. God had a special plan for Elijah. He would not die, but go up to heaven by a whirlwind! (Chariot/whirlwind wind across the stage making ‘wind’ noises)

Elijah: Stay here Elisha. God wants me to go to Bethel.

Elisha: No way! I’m not leaving you.

Narrator 2: So Elijah and Elisha moved on together. This happened 2 more times. Elijah didn’t want Elisha to go to Jericho or to the Jordan River. But again Elisha said,

Elisha: No. As I live and breathe, I will not be separated from you.

Narrator 2: While they were at Jericho, the student prophets of the school came out to meet them.

Narrator 1: They all went together to the Jordan River (Place the river)– the 50 young prophets watched from a far. Elijah folded his Mantle (cloak), (Place mantle at river) struck the waters and they divided–(Place a black tarp over the river) so they could walk across the river on dry land. (Walk across, then remove the tarp)

Student 1: Wow! Did you see that? He just parted the river like Moses did!

Student 2: That was pretty cool!

Elijah: Elisha, if I could grant you one wish, what would it be?

Elisha: I pray for a double portion of your spirit – twice as much power as you have had.

Elijah: That is a hard request. But, if you see me taken to heaven, it will be granted.

Narrator 2: As they were walking along, suddenly a chariot of fire, drawn by horses of fire, appeared and drove between them, separating the two. (Chariot swoop to take Elijah away) Elijah was carried into heaven by a whirlwind. Elisha saw it and cried out,

Elisha: My Father, my Father! The chariot of Israel and its horsemen! (Elisha tears a cloth)

Narrator 1: Elisha picked up the mantle (cloak), went back to the river.

Elisha: Where is the Lord God of Elijah?

Narrator 1: And he struck the water with it. (Mantle to river) and the water parted so he could go across. (Replace the tarp) When the prophets of Jericho saw what had happened, they bowed down before him and exclaimed,

Students: The spirit of Elijah rests with Elisha!

Narrator 1: The men of Jericho came to Elisha with a problem. They told him of their beautiful city and natural surroundings.

Man: But we have a problem. Our water is bad. It causes unborn children to die and our women cannot have any babies.

Elisha: Bring me a new bowl with salt in it (bowl/salt)

Narrator 2: Then Elisha went to the spring of the waters and cast the salt in.

Elisha: The Lord has healed these waters. They will no longer cause death.

Man: (Takes a sip of water) Mmmm, that’s mighty tasty!

Narrator 1: And the waters became pure just as Elisha had said. Elisha was truly a prophet of God.

A script written by Rachel Haugland – for non-profit use

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Games Workshop Idea


Summary of Lesson Activities:
The 5 W’s Game


Scripture Reference:
II Kings 2:1-22


  • Large die - with Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? written on it
  • Glue different colored card stock on each side of a small ‘cube’ cardboard box (colors corresponding to the set of cards)
  • Write the 5 W’s with marker on the six sides – (Who?, what?, when?, where?, why?, how? - one per side, on coordinating colors)
  • Set of cards - with questions in each of the categories –colors matching that on the die

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time. 
  • Gather the materials.




Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.


Open with a prayer.


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

How to play:

  • Divide into 2 teams or play ‘each man for himself.’
  • Players take turns rolling the die, then answer a question from the corresponding pile of question cards.
  • Determine ahead of time there will be a point value to the questions, (ex: 3 points for correct answer, 2 points if help needed from teammates, 1 point if need to look it up in the Bible.)
  • If cards run out in any category, pick a question from a different category.
  • Tell the kids to pay attention to the other questions. Sometimes 2 questions are very similar.

Who questions: (Red)

  • Who said to Elisha, “Do you know the Lord will take your master away from you today? (Companies of prophets, students of the seminary)
  • Who shouted, “My father! My father! The chariots of Israel and their horsemen! (Elisha – he had seen Elijah being taken from him.)
  • Who wanted to go look for Elijah after the Lord had taken him? (Prophets at Jericho)
  • Who said he would not leave Elijah’s side? (Elisha)
  • Who came to Elisha and said that the water of their city was bad and unproductive? (The men of Jericho)
  • Who healed the water at Jericho? (Elisha, with God’s help)

What questions: (Blue)

  • What is a mantle? (A cloak or coat)
  • What appeared to separate Elijah from Elisha when Elijah went to heaven? (Chariot and horses of fire)
  • What does it mean to “pass the mantle”? (Give it to someone else)
  • What did Elisha say to Elijah when Elijah told him to stay in Gilgal? (I will not leave you.)
  • What was Elisha’s answer when Elijah said, “What can I do before I am taken from you? (Leave me a double share of your spirit.)
  • What did Elisha do after Elijah had ascended in the chariot? (Tore his clothes, shouted, “My father! My father! The chariots of Israel and their horsemen!

When questions: (Green)

  • When did Elijah say to Elisha, “What can I do before I am taken from you? (After crossing the river on dry ground.)
  • When did the prophets realize that Elisha now had the power that Elijah had before? (When Elisha parted the river.)
  • When did the chariot and horses of fire appear? (As Elijah and Elisha were walking and talking together.)
  • When did Elijah say Elisha would inherit a double portion of spirit/power? (When and if Elisha was able to see when the Lord took Elijah.)
  • When did Elisha say, “Didn’t I tell you not to go?” (After the 50 men came back and had not been able to find Elijah.)
  • When Elijah struck the Jordan River with his mantle, what happened? (The water divided.)

Where questions: (Purple)

  • Where were Elijah and Elisha leaving? (Gilgal, Bethel, or Jericho)
  • Where did God tell Elijah to go? (Bethel)
  • Where did Elijah take off his coat, hit and divide the water? (The Jordan River)
  • Where did Elisha heal the water so that it would no longer cause death or miscarriage? (Jericho)
  • Where did the 50 prophets go to look for Elijah? (Mountains and valleys)
  • Where was the Lord going to take Elijah? (Heaven)

Why questions: (Yellow)·

  • Why didn’t Elisha want to talk about God taking his master that day? (He didn’t want Elijah to go.)
  • Why did Elisha tear his clothes after Elijah was gone? (To show how sad he was.)
  • Why did Elisha let the 50 men go look for Elijah? (He no longer had the heart to say No, and this way the authority and truth of his words would be confirmed/understood.)
  • Why did Elisha throw salt in the water at Jericho? (To cleanse and heal it.)
  • Why did Elisha say, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” at the river? (To show that he now had the power that Elijah had had.)

How questions: (Orange)

  • How did God take Elijah to heaven? (By a whirlwind, a fiery chariot and horses of fire.)
  • How many times did Elisha say, “I will not leave you?” (3)
  • How did Elijah say Elisha would receive the double share? (By seeing Elijah taken from him.)
  • How did Elisha heal the water at Jericho? (By throwing salt into it – with God’s help.)
  • How many prophets at Jericho went to look for Elijah? (50)
  • How many days did the 50 prophets look for Elijah? (3)



End with a prayer.


Idea from Cindy Merten @

Questions and revisions by Linda Norem – for non-profit use


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