Things Old Christians Remember (2)

Flannel Boards (Source
When I taught Sunday School the preferred method was the flannel board. Well to be completely honest – it was what you used if you hadn’t prepared anything. It was a sort of fuzzy felt stick-on Bible story. I could never get the hang of it. Everyone in the stories was always turned slightly sideways for some reason and at least one figure would never stay stuck on. I had quite a struggle with John the Baptist I seem to remember. Then I could never get the perspective right, so Noah was always bigger than the ark he was going to fit all his family and all the animals on, which probably confused quite a few littlies. You had to be careful if you were using them with older children. I remember an unfortunate incident at Sunshine Corner with what we used to call “unchurched kids”. I had turned my back for a second, only to find that Mary Magdalene and an un-named disciple had been moved into an “interesting” position. Pretty soon I felt the need to be a bit more creative – although not always entirely successfully. (My attempt to illustrate turning water into wine by using water and carefully hidden cochineal in the bottom of a jar worked a little too well. Younger members of the church were very impressed and rumours began among the children that I may have had special powers) I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that flannel boards have come a long way and are very successfully used now by teachers with more flair than I ever had. However, reading about Summer Clubs and Church camps on the excellent Tracing Rainbows Blog and also seeing what goes on for children at my own church makes me want to wag a finger and say “You don’t know you’re born.”



  1. August 8, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    They were selling flannelgraph Noah's Ark sets n ALDI last year. I bought one and gave it to a teaching colleague who was incredibly excited. She had no idea about 'fuzzy felt bible stories'! I feel so old now
    blessings xx

  2. August 8, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    Had to look up 'cochineal'. I am now enlightened. Have to try that out on the Urchins …

  3. August 11, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    That blood story is great. Isn't it amazing how gullible…er….teachable kids are.

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