Story: ‘Plop the Owl and the Light of the World’

Tell the story of Plop the Owl in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

A sketchboard story based on the famous book "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson. (You can buy the book here on and here on

"Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realises that through these encounters that dark is super after all."

A nice little story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. In the sketchboard story you can combine the story of Plop with that fact that Jesus calls himself the Light of the world, and says that we don't need to be afraid. 


Themes in this skechtboard story:

Being afraid in the dark, Jesus being the Light of the world, not being afraid

Download the story below:

Tags: Children's moments in church, Storytelling - ideas, tips, Downloads - lessons and extra material, Light / Darkness

Scripture reference: John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 13:11-14, Psalm 119:105, Ephesians 5:7-14, Colossians 1:9-14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, John 9:5, John 12:35, Job 24:13, Isaiah 60:1, Acts 13:47
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, street evangelism, open air evangelism