To learn about trust, friendship and helping each other
To learn that nobody is perfect
Horse masks or pictures
This is an anonymous story
The horses have been given names in this version, to appeal to younger children as well as older ones
Word and PDF files above contain pictures and are ready to print to
give to children as a script or to display on an interactive whiteboard
could be made to the Adam and Eve story (man was not meant to be alone)
and to stories in the Bible about people helping people with physical
difficulties e.g. the paralysed man who was lowered through a roof to
1. Just up the road
is a field, with two horses in it.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse, but if you stop and
look, you will notice something unusual.
One of the horses, Neddy, is blind.
2. If you listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around, you will see that it comes from Poppy, the smaller horse in the
Attached to her collar is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she
is, so he can follow her.
3. As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how Poppy is always stopping
and checking on Neddy, and that Neddy listens for her bell and then slowly walks
to where Poppy is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.
4. When Poppy returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally
and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
5. Like the owner
of these two horses, people do not throw us away just because we are not
perfect or because we have problems or challenges.
People watch over us and even bring others into our lives to help us when we
are in need.
6. God did not make us to be on our own. He made us to be together and to help each other.
7. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell.
Sometimes we may even be the guiding horse, helping others see.
8. Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are
always there, ready to help.
We just need to listen for the bell, to trust and to follow.
9. Possible hymn - 'The Servant King' by Graham Kendrick (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 187)