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10 Elijah fed by Ravens

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Theme: God provides for those who trust in Him.
Aim: 

Students will learn that God loves them and takes care of them. To learn that God will protect and provide for the people who trust in Him. 

Bible Passage: 

1 Kings 17:1-6

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Elijah Predicts a Drought

17 Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” The word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the wadi, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord; he went and lived by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the wadi.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Teachers, take a few minutes to allow your children the opportunity to share experiences of how God has provided for them. Have children draw pictures of everyday things that we need in our lives.  Tape the pictures onto your bulletin board titled “God Will Supply all our Needs “.  Remind students that it is pretty amazing to see all the different ways God has taken care of each, and every one of us.

Main Ideas: 

God was provoked to anger when His people turned away from him

A long time ago there lived an evil king, named Ahab, who ruled over the Israelites.  He married Jezebel, daughter of king of Sidon, and she told Ahab to worship an idol called Baal. Ahab built a temple for Baal and set up an altar and prayed to Baal.  Ahab led the people of Israel to sin against God by worshipping, and offering sacrifices to Baal and other idols. By doing all this, Ahab displeased the Lord.

God calls Elijah

While Ahab was king, the Lord sent a prophet named Elijah to warn him. Elijah was a man of God. Elijah went to Ahab, and declared “it will not rain in Israel for a long time”. He also added that rain would fall on the land again, only “if I pray and ask God to make it happen”. Elijah could have been killed by the king for talking in this way. 

It did not rain and nothing would grow on the land. The water in the rivers and streams dried up.  The people and animals suffered without any food and water. The people trusted in the idols to bring rain not God. When the drought became very severe, King Ahab became very angry with Elijah for bringing suffering to his people.

God sends Elijah to a safe place           

God told Elijah "leave this place and hide by the Brook Cherith, and you shall drink from the brook”.  God then added “I have commanded the ravens to feed you there”. So Elijah did what the Lord asked him to do. He walked all the way to the Brook Cherith. It was located on the east side of the Jordan River. He drank from the brook, and the ravens came every morning and evening, to bring bread and meat for Elijah to eat.

God surely provided for Elijah’s needs.  He came to trust, more than ever in the miraculous ways God provided for him.

Activities: 

Make a Raven Puppet

Materials:

Yellow and black construction paper

Paper bags

Scissors

Black crayons /black paint (optional: if coloring/painting paper bags)

Print out body patterns and cut it out from construction paper

For the body of the raven- use a paper bag.  (Optional: can color or paint paper bag black.)

Cut the wing, beak, legs from yellow construction paper

Glue the eyes and beak to the bottom of the bag

Glue or tape the wings on to the sides of the bag and legs to top the bag

Use puppets to act out the ravens bringing food to Elijah.

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Lesson Review: 
  1. Why was God angry with King Ahab?
  2. What warning was given to King Ahab?
  3. Where did Elijah hide?
  4. How did God take care of Elijah?
Life Response/My Decision: 

God will provide for our needs, even when it feels like, it might be impossible. God will find a way to provide for us.

Memory Verse: 

Matthew 6:26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Closing Prayer: 

Father we thank you for everything you have given us, and for taking care of us. Help us to trust you even when things seem hard. 

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09 Samson, A Special Child

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Our humble purpose
Aim: 

Samson broke his vows, but God still uses him. How will God use you?

Bible Passage: 

Judges 16 : 15-22

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

 15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me three times now and have not told me what makes your strength so great.” 16 Finally, after she had nagged him with her words day after day, and pestered him, he was tired to death. 17 So he told her his whole secret, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, then my strength would leave me; I would become weak, and be like anyone else.” 18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “This time come up, for he has told his whole secret to me.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hands. 19 She let him fall asleep on her lap; and she called a man, and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. He began to weaken, and his strength left him. 20 Then she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” When he awoke from his sleep, he thought, “I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. 21 So the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles; and he ground at the mill in the prison. 22 But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

Main Ideas: 

Special Gift

When the Israelites started misbehaving again, God decided to punish them by putting the Philistines in charge of them for forty years. This is where Samson came in. Except Samson's mom actually couldn't have any children, but an angel came to her and said "You will have a special son. He should not cut his hair. He will save the Israelites from the Philistines. As he grew up he realized that he had a special gift, he was incredibly strong. As Samson got older he was able to kill a lion with his bare hands and defend himself against 1000 Philistines. God gives all of us a special gift for a special reason. What is your gift?

Broken Promise

The Philistines wanted to know what the secret to Samson's strength was so that they could get rid of him since he killed so many Philistines. Samson fell in love with Delilah. Delilah takes a bribe from the Philistines to find out what makes Samson so strong. Delilah was being tricky and using Samson's feelings to get what she wanted. Samson kept lying to her, because he knew God didn't want anyone to know where his strength really came from. He ends up telling her everything and breaking his promise to keep the secret. In the Bible, it says that “the Lord had left him”. What really made Samson strong? God! God had been with him! 

God's never ending love

The Philistines kept him in jail, but we know God still had plans for him. Samson's hair was growing, and so was his strength. They tied him up to two large pillars that held a large temple up and he was able to break free, but when he did the temple fell on him and a large number of Philistines. This was how God freed the Israelites from the Philistines. Even though Samson broke his promises, God still answered his prayer to help him in his time of need.

God will always help us too. He made each of you exactly how He wanted, and remember God doesn't make mistakes. You have the family you do because that's who God wanted you to be with. You live where you do because that's where God put you. Your life might not be perfect but he wants you to learn and grow with what you have.

Activities: 

In our Bible Story today, we talked about Samson. What was special about Samson? (allow for responses) Right, Samson was very strong. God gave Samson physical strength. Samson didn’t always use it for God and in the way God wanted him to. But, in the end, Samson leaned on God’s strength. God has created each one of us uniquely and given us our own strengths. Strengths are things that we are good at. Some people are good at drawing, singing, speaking, etc. Every gift comes from God and should be used for God.

God's Recipe for me cards

  • Have the children complete the "ingredients" with traits they identify in themselves as gifts God has given them (things like "a beautiful smile", "strong legs for soccer" and "a good sense of humor") on the front of the card. 

  • Have the children include a paragraph on the back of the recipe card that begins with "Thank you God for making me special, especially for ..."

Lesson Review: 

What made Samson strong? Where does all of our strength truly come from?

How much did Delilah love Samson? 

Why do you think Samson would tell Delilah false reasons for his strength? 

What do you think Samson thought of Delilah during this whole time? 

What was going through his mind as she kept asking him about it?

Was Samson always obedient to God?

Did God still use him?

Values for Life: 

Can God still use me if I have really messed up?

If God stopped using everyone who sinned, made a mistake, or went the wrong way, there would be no one left to use. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Even though Samson had messed up, God was still able to use him. In the end, Samson turned to God because he knew where his strength came from. Maybe he had not prayed for a long time, but God saw his faith and answered his prayer. In the New Testament, Samson is even mentioned for his faith, together with others like Gideon! (Hebrews 11:32-33).

The Holy Spirit will strengthen us to do everything He asks us to do. What do you need 
strength for this week? (Children respond.)

Life Response/My Decision: 

When did Samson ask for God to help him? 

What if Samson asked for help to say no to Delilah instead?

If we ask God for help, will He hear us?  Let's decide to ask God for help whenever he have a hard time saying no. ( Have you ever felt like you made the wrong choice, or chose to do something you shoudn't have?)

Memory Verse: 

Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me.” Jeremiah 15:19a

 
Closing Prayer: 

Father God, 

Thank you for teaching us about Samson and Delilah. We know we are not good all the time. Help us to remember to ask you for help whenever we need it. We know you created each one of us with a special strength just like Samson. You made each of us special. Help us to use our talents and strengths to show you how much we love you. 

In Jesus name, 

Amen

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08 Jacob and his sons - God saved them from famine

UNIT #: 
II
Aim: 

Focus on God will take care of his people. He will fulfill his promise to us.

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 47:1-11

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

47 So Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan; they are now in the land of Goshen.” From among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, as our ancestors were.” They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to reside as aliens in the land; for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks because the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now, we ask you, let your servants settle in the land of Goshen.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land; let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know that there are capable men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.”

Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob, and presented him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the years of your life?” Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my earthly sojourn are one hundred thirty; few and hard have been the years of my life. They do not compare with the years of the life of my ancestors during their long sojourn.” 10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from the presence of Pharaoh. 11 Joseph settled his father and his brothers, and granted them a holding in the land of Egypt, in the best part of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had instructed.

Teacher’s Preparation: 
  • Familiarize yourself with the biblical passage for this chapter. Some of the questions you can ask are:
    • Have you ever heard of what a famine is?
    • What would be some reasons for a famine? (Lack of Rain, Crop failure, Heat, insects, etc.)
    • Does it impact human beings only?

 

  • These are some of the questions the teacher should understand before teaching the class.
    • What role did God have in this passage?
    • Who was the redeemer for Jacob and his family?
      • At a very high level just think about Jacob’s children and their attitude towards Joseph. What they meant for evil God meant it for good. Even from a redeemer’s perspective Joseph could have held animosity, anger, and hatred toward his brothers and punished them even after inviting them Egypt. What we can learn is that Gods’ providence is unconditional despite our failures. God provided for Jacob and his children despite their moral and spiritual failures. He used an unexpected individual (Joseph) even beyond our understanding to provide grace and mercy just like Christ did for us.
    • Does Joseph’s request of wanting to be treated as an aliens show a sign of weakness? After all Joseph could have requested anything from Pharaoh, and Pharaoh would have granted it.
    • What Parallel can be drawn from New Testaments teachings?
Main Ideas: 
  1. The End of Plenty

Have you ever had too much food to eat? How about too much candy, cake or ice cream? How did you feel? Did you end up wasting some of the food? Through Joseph God was able to save and store food for seven years, when there was plenty of grains. In Chapter 7, you learned about Joseph and his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream. The dreams that Joseph interpreted has come true and the seven years of plenty has come to an end. The seven years of famine began just as Joseph said. The Bible says that the famine was in all the other lands and also in the land of Egypt. Since Pharaoh obeyed Joseph’s direction on storing food, there was food in Egypt. The other lands did not have food. When the people of Egypt felt the famine, they cried out to Pharaoh. Pharaoh told them, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.” Joseph opened up all the storehouses and sold grains to the Egyptians. Genesis 41 v. 47 says “”

 

  1. News about Food

Have you ever been Hungry? What would you do when you are Hungry? What if there was no food around you? This happened to Jacob. Remember the dream that Joseph interpreted; there were seven year of plenty and seven years famine. The famine had started and the crops are failing. Jacob and his family does not have food stored away and cannot grow any. God had promised Jacob that he would be with him all the days of his life and not forsake him. Jacob was living in the land of Canaan and the famine was also in that land. Jacob heard from others that there was food available in Egypt. So Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy the food from the Egyptians and they were reunited with Joseph.

 

  1. Joseph Redeems his family

Once Jacob learned that Joseph was alive he wanted to meet him. So Jacob and his whole family traveled to Egypt and were presented in front of Pharaoh. It was through the grace of God that Joseph found favor in Pharaoh’s eye. When Joseph presented Jacob and five of his brothers, Pharaoh asked them what they did. Jacob and five of his sons did not lie but told the Pharaoh that they were shepherds, just as Joseph had instructed them. God provided food and a place to live for Jacob and his family through Joseph. God uses people obedient to his words to serve him, just like Jacob was the vessel used to save Jacob and his children.

 

 

  1. How does God provide for you?

Have you ever wondered about the house you live in, the food that you eat, clothes you wear, place of worship and everything else you have? Where did it come from?

Mathew Chapter 6 v 25 – 26, ”

That is why God gave you wonderful parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and siblings. Through your parent God is able to meet all your needs. The jobs that your parents have is because God gave it to them. He is the one that provides the clothing, food, water, house, car and all the things that they need to support you. He also gave us his word, the Bible, so that we can learn and grow in his word. Take some time to reflect on the gifts that God has given and thank him for your parents, loved ones and all the material blessings.

Activities: 

Let’s play some Tic Tac Toe. Split the students into two teams. Have one team represent x and the other 0.Each team gets a turn and if they get the answer correct they can place a x or 0. If a team gets an answer wrong then the other team gets to answer the question. The team that gets wither x or 0 in a row or diagonally wins.

  1. Jacob lived in  ____________________ before going to Egypt.
  2. ___________interpreted the dreams for Pharaoh.
  3. Joseph had ____________________ brothers.
  4. ______________  is our redeemer.
  5. Jacob and sons worked as ___________________.
  6. True/False – Birds have to sow seeds for food.
  7. True/False – Whoever believes in Jesus shall be saved.
  8. True/False – We need to worry about food, water and clothing every day.
  9. True/False – Joseph was the ruler of Egypt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson Review: 

What should we do when there are seasons of plenty?

Can we learn about forgiveness and sharing from Joseph?

How did God care for Jacob?

Did God show his love for all people through Joseph?

 

Values for Life: 

Can you see how Christ redeemed us just as Joseph was able to save his family from the famine?  Without Joseph, Jacob and his children could not be in the presence of Pharaoh. Remember that Christ's death and resurrection is the ultimate sacrifice that provides forgiveness and a new life to us. Just like the famine (where there is no food for survival), we as human beings are born as sinners and fall short of the glory of God. In front of God we are sinners and cannot spend eternity with him because of our sins. When we trust in God and accept Christ as our Lord and savior, and live our lives according to his word then God sees us as new creation in Christ and allows us to be in the presence of God.

Life Response/My Decision: 

Remember that God loves us. Even though several of Joseph's brothers were wicked and hurt Joseph, God worked through Joseph to forgive them and provide for the entire family. No matter what the challenges in life is, remember to trust in God and do according to his will. When we are obedient to God and trust in him, he will meet our needs and may use us to help others.

Memory Verse: 

Psalm 145:9

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Lord is good to all,
    and his compassion is over all that he has made.

Closing Prayer: 

Ask any of the Children to pray and remember to thank God for all his blessings.

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07 Joseph the Ruler, Joseph and Pharoah's Dream

UNIT #: 
II
Aim: 

Sometime in our troubles, we may feel that God has abandoned us, but God has a plan for us.

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 41:1-43

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

41 After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, and there came up out of the Nile seven sleek and fat cows, and they grazed in the reed grass. Then seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. The ugly and thin cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. And Pharaoh awoke. Then he fell asleep and dreamed a second time; seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk. Then seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them. The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Pharaoh awoke, and it was a dream. In the morning his spirit was troubled; so he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my faults today. 10 Once Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 We dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own meaning. 12 A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each according to his dream. 13 As he interpreted to us, so it turned out; I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.”

14 Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was hurriedly brought out of the dungeon. When he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” 16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not I; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile; 18 and seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. 19 Then seven other cows came up after them, poor, very ugly, and thin. Never had I seen such ugly ones in all the land of Egypt. 20 The thin and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows, 21 but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had done so, for they were still as ugly as before. Then I awoke. 22 I fell asleep a second time and I saw in my dream seven ears of grain, full and good, growing on one stalk, 23 and seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouting after them; 24 and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. But when I told it to the magicians, there was no one who could explain it to me.”

25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. 27 The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, as are the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind. They are seven years of famine. 28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. 30 After them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; the famine will consume the land. 31 The plenty will no longer be known in the land because of the famine that will follow, for it will be very grievous. 32 And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh select a man who is discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land, and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plenteous years. 35 Let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. 36 That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to befall the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”

Joseph’s Rise to Power

37 The proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38 Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone else like this—one in whom is the spirit of God?” 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Removing his signet ring from his hand, Pharaoh put it on Joseph’s hand; he arrayed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command; and they cried out in front of him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Main Ideas: 

Activities: 

Lesson Review: 

Values for Life: 

Life Response/My Decision: 

Memory Verse: 

Romans 8:28

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Closing Prayer: 

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06 Isaac & Rebekah, God's Choice

UNIT #: 
II
Aim: 

Focus on the importance of seeking God's guidance in our day to day activity, whether it is big or small things

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 24:10-26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all kinds of choice gifts from his master; and he set out and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water; it was toward evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the girl to whom I shall say, ‘Please offer your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

15 Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, coming out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The girl was very fair to look upon, a virgin, whom no man had known. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me sip a little water from your jar.” 18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23 and said, “Tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” 24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25 She added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder and a place to spend the night.” 26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord

Main Ideas: 

In today’s Bible portion, we are going to learn about Abraham, Isaac and Rebekkah. God had blessed Abraham a lot. He was now old. His wife Sarah had died. Abraham wanted his son Isaac to be married. Abraham entrusted the task of finding a wife for Isaac on his trusted servant. The servant was to go back to the country from where Abraham had come from and where his relatives still lived and find a girl for Isaac. Abraham was living among pagan people and the pagan culture. He didn’t want Isaac to marry someone in that culture where his God was not worshiped. The servant of Abraham having lived with Abraham trusted in the God of his master. He was depending on God to show the right girl for Isaac. He prayed:  May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” What the servant prayed for actually needed lot of time and effort. It was not an easy task.  There were 10 camels and one camel can drink about 20 to 50 gallons of water in a few minutes. Imagine running from the car to your house 20 times to drop a gallon of milk each time. That is what it would take to feed water to one camel.  So, watering the camels would have meant a lot of hard work. Who would be willing to spend so much time and effort for a stranger? Do we spend time to help a new classmate or a stranger? But that is exactly what Rebekah did. When the servant asked for water, she not only gave the servant a drink but she brought water for all the camels of the servant. This was enough for the servant to know that Rebekah was God’s choice for Isaac. Isaac married Rebekah when she came back with Abraham’s servant. How much are we willing to depend on God’s choice? Many times we want to see, feel and get comfortable before making a decision. We don’t trust in others to make the right decision for us and we hardly let God decide for us. Because Abraham and Isaac trusted and depended on God, God blessed them mightily.

Activities: 

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Memory Verse: 

Isaiah 30:21

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

21 And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

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05 Slave girl at Naaman's house

UNIT #: 
I
Lesson Theme: 
Trust & Obey
Aim: 

Even though the little girl has every reason to be upset, angry and depressed because she was a slave in a foreign country, away from her family friends and relatives, she helped her master to find healing for his disease. If  we trust God and obey Him, we will be able to experience His healing power! When Naaman listened and obeyed the prophet, God healed him of his leprosy.

Bible Passage: 

2 Kings 5:1-15

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Healing of Naaman

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. And the king of Aram said, “Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.”

He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.”

But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant.”

Teacher’s Preparation: 

 

You will need a plastic glove, some baby powder, and a bowl with

water. Before class begins, put some baby powder into the glove

and put the glove on your hand. Try to act embarrassed about

your hand and try to keep it hidden. If a child asks you about it,

just say, “Oh, it’s really nothing.” Begin to tell the story of Naaman,

keeping your glove on through the story.

Main Ideas: 

Naaman's leprosy

Long ago, Naaman was a commander in the Syrian army and was a great soldier. But he had leprosy which is a terrible disease that eats away parts of the body. Fortunately, he had a young servant girl who came from Israel, and she said to Naaman's wife, "If my master could only see the prophet in Samaria, he would cure him of his leprosy."

Naaman was filled with hope and rushed to tell the king of Syria all about this prophet who could cure leprosy. Would you be excited if you had a terrible sickness and someone told you that there was someone who could cure you? (Let the children respond).

We all get sick at some point in our lives. When we get sick, we go to God in prayer and He is our help and Healer!

Go and get Cured!

The king was also excited because he was very fond of Naaman. So he sent Naaman with gifts and a letter to the king of Israel, asking him to cure Naaman. When the king of Israel received the letter, he got all upset and shouted, "I can't cure leprosy!"

Fortunately, Elisha the prophet heard about Naaman, and sent the king a message: "Let Naaman come to me, and he will know that there's a prophet in Israel!"

Go and Wash!

So Naaman went with his horses, and chariots and servants to Elisha's house. And do you know what? That Elisha didn't even bother to come out! No, he just sent his servant to tell Naaman, "Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan."

Naaman was furious! "What go and wash in that muddy river?" Would you wash yourself in a muddy river? (Let the children respond). Well, Naaman shouted, "Never! The rivers in my country are much cleaner!" And so, instead of listening to Elisha and doing what he said, he went away in a rage!

Alright! I'll Dip Myself!

Naaman's servants tried to calm him down, and finally, Naaman went down to the Jordan river and dipped himself in the water seven times. Let's pretend we are dipping ourselves in that river.

Ready? One - two -three - four. (Let the children respond). Oh, I'm tired! Can't we stop now? No? Alright then, five - six - seven! (Let the children respond).

I'm Healed!

And guess what? Naaman began jumping for joy! His servants were now convinced that Naaman was mad, but no, "I'm healed!" he shouted, "All the leprousy has disappeared and I'm as good as new!"

Naaman's servants were excited as they examined his lovely new pink skin. There was no trace of leprosy left! Yes, Naaman was healed and made whole. That soldier from Syria praised our wonderful God and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. And Naaman went back to Syria a healed and happy man!

God can Heal Us!

This story shows us that God has the power to heal us from any sickness. If you are sick, all you have to do is pray to God and ask Him to make you better. God hears us and knows our needs even before we ask.

So pray and put your trust in God to heal you, because He loves and cares for you!

Activities: 

1. Have the children sing the hymn, "Trust and Obey."

When we walk with the Lord

In the light of His Word

What a glory He sheds on our way;

While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

 

  Trust and obey,
  For there’s no other way
  To be happy in Jesus,
  But to trust and obey

 

Not a shadow can rise,

Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey

 

2. Coloring Activity

 

3. Word Search:

 

V L V H M S K K L J I Z Q G N 
G V S K G O C L R E A A Q D A 
B A R T T E N L I A P O L A A 
W N N R L I B C G Q R R O Z M 
I A J I A E U K E E J C O K A 
S D S V K G Y N V N G J W S N 
Z H D Z O M J I I S A P F W Y 
A E E R B Z R Z T Y Q E L H D 
A X L H U N C M P M N A L X G 
R P Y V A B G X A D E R U C K 
D A W D W X M M C I W P D Y P 
L Y R S E V E N T I M E S E K 
D O E E Q X U T V X D U V B T 
J I K S G O D I K B I A A O I 
H Z N U E T E H T B P J R V R 

 

CAPTIVE GIRL
CLEAN
CURED
ELISHA
GOD
JORDAN RIVER
LEPROSY
NAAMAN
OBEY
SEVEN TIMES
WASH

 

Activities2: 
Lesson Review: 

Review Time:

Read each sentence below and fill in the blanks with the proper word from the word bank:

Word bank: cured, leprosy, wash, obey, seven, slave, Jordan, Elisha, heal

  1. Naaman had a skin disease called __________.
  2. His wife’s _________ told him about someone would could __________ him.
  3. The man of God, __________told Naaman to dip in the __________ River.
  4. Naaman was told to dip, or __________, __________ times in the water.
  5. At first, he did not want to __________.
  6. When Naaman obeyed Elisha, he was __________ by God.

Teacher answer key: leprosy, slave, heal, Elisha, Jordan, wash, seven, obey, cured

Life Response/My Decision: 

My Decision:

In order for Naaman to be healed, he had to follow the instructions that the Lord had given to Elisha. Naaman had a choice. He could either obey and receive the healing that God wanted to give him, or he could disobey and miss out on God’s blessing. We have the same choice.

 

Memory Verse: 

Deuteronomy 31:8

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Closing Prayer: 

God, our Healer, help us to obey You every day. Help us to trust you even if we don't understand all your plans for us. We pray for those who are sick among us and ask that you stretch your healing hand so that we also can experience Your healing power. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen!

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04 God corrects Jonah

UNIT #: 
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Lesson Theme: 
God Loves Obedient Children
Aim: 
  • God is compassionate and kind. You can run from God just like Jonah, but you can not hide from God.
  • To help the child to listen to God and also to obey His instructions.

 

Bible Passage: 

Jonah 4:1-11

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jonah’s Anger

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah Is Reproved

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10 Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

Teacher’s Preparation: 

1. The teacher should prepare a poster of a raging sea as well as a cut-out of an open-mouthed whale and of Jonah.  After attaching the whale to the poster, have each child try to place the Jonah cut-out in the mouth of the whale while blindfolded (Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey style).  Reward the student who best places Jonah in the mouth of the whale.

2. The teacher should make face patterns representing the three emotions of anger, happiness, and sadness.  These will be given to the students to use during the narration of the lesson.  As the lesson is narrated, the teacher will ask the students hold up the face pattern that represents the emotions that are conveyed in the story.

3. To introduce the lesson, the teacher can also relate the story of Jonah to the game "Hide and Seek."  Also, the teacher can say that when we play Hide and Seek with our friends that our friends do not know exactly where we are hiding.  But in Jonah's case, God knew exactly where he was.  The teacher should bring attention to the fact the Jonah hid from God because he did not obey Him which caused Jonah to go through several different emotions/feelings.

Main Ideas: 

1. Jonah the Runaway & Disobedient Prophet

Jonah was an Israelite prophet (a person God uses to speak for Him to others) from the village of Gath Hepher, which was located about three miles north of Nazareth in lower Galilee.  He was the son of Amittai.  One day God told Jonah that He had a special job for him to do. God told Jonah that He wanted him to go to the city of Nineveh and warn the people there that He would destroy them and their city if they didn't stop being bad.  Jonah freaked out and tried to run away not only from this responsibility but also from God Himself.

2. God of Second Chances

Through Jonah's story we know that our God is a God of second chances.  From the ship full of sailors, to the sinful Assyrians (people of Nineveh), to his own prophet Jonah, God proves that He does not want anyone to miss out on experiencing his great love and mercy.  God also gives us second chances too,

3. Jonah's Anger and God's Love

Jonah was displeased and angry with God because God destroyed the plant that was giving him shade.  But God tells him that He is more worried about the people of Nineveh which has a population of more than 120,000 people and many cattle.  So, this shows God's great love and mercy even for sinful people.

 

 

 

 

Activities: 

The teacher and students can sing together the famous song "Who Did..." with actions.  Please refer to youtube.com for appropriate music/videos.  The lyrics are as follows:

Who did, who did,
Who did, who did
Who did swallow
Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Who did, who did,
Who did, who did
Who did swallow
Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Who did, who did,
Who did, who did
Who did swallow
Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Who did swallow Jonah,
Who did swallow Jonah
Who did swallow Jonah down?

Whale did, whale did,
Whale did, whale did
Whale did swallow
Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Whale did, whale did,
Whale did, whale did
Whale did swallow
Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Whale did, whale did,
Whale did, whale did
Whale did swallow
Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo
Whale did swallow Jonah,
Whale did swallow Jonah
Whale did swallow Jonah down!

 

There is also a coloring sheet that can be used for this lesson (please see the attached file).

Activities2: 
Lesson Review: 

Review Time:

1. What did God want Jonah to do?

2. What did Jonah do?

3. Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh?

4. How many days was Jonah inside the fish?

5. What did Jonah do after the fish spit him out?
 

Values for Life: 
  • We may think that we can run or hide from God, but we are only fooling ourselves.
  • We must obey God even when it's hard.
  • God is in control of all things, but we are not.
  • God likes it when we follow his instructions.
Life Response/My Decision: 

1. Give an example of how we are like Jonah sometimes?
2. Give an example of how someone might try to hide from God today?
3. What does God want us to do when we do something wrong?
4. What does God do when we are sorry and ask for forgiveness?

 

My Decision:

My decision is to obey God at all times, in all places, and in all situations.

Memory Verse: 

Psalm 145:8 (NRSV)

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

 

An Activity to help the children to learn and memorize this verse is included below:

Fill in the Memory Verse with the Missing Vowels:

Th_ L_rd is gr_cio_s _nd m_rc_ful, sl_w to ang_r _nd abo_nd_ng in st_adf_st l_ve. (Psalm 145:8)

 

Closing Prayer: 

Father, we thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die for our sins so that when we do something wrong we can come to you, confess our sins, and be forgiven. We thank you because we don't ever have to hide from you and be alone and lost in our sins. Help us to obey you always and be good children.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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03 God's Commandments

UNIT #: 
I
Lesson Theme: 
Godly lifestyle
Aim: 

To remind students that commandments are not just rules but something we need to practice daily to be happy and good in God’s eyes.

Bible Passage: 

Exodus 20:1-17

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Ten Commandments

20 Then God spoke all these words:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 You shall not murder.

14 You shall not commit adultery.

15 You shall not steal.

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Before students arrive to class, lay out pieces of paper with statements (1 per sheet) that show good vs. bad followers of the commandments. Some examples could include “Sometimes, I tell small lies to my friends so that they don’t make fun of me”; “I pretend to be sick so I don’t have to wake up and come to church on Sunday morning”

Student introduction: Have students read John 14:15 which says, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. Ask students to brainstorm rules they commonly follow in their lives. On separate sheets of paper, title the following, “Playground Rules”, “Class Rules”, “Swimming Pool Rules”, “House Rules”. Pass the sheets around so every child has an opportunity to include what rules they have witnessed in their communities/schools/homes. As a class, discuss why these rules have been made and invite students to share stories of when they have seen these rules been broken.

Main Ideas: 

God  gave the 10 commandments to the Israelites for them to obey  them . God promised them that they will be a special people among all the people of the world if they obeyed His commandments (Exodus 19:5). God asked Moses to climb Mount Sinai and He wrote the rules in stone for Moses to give to the people of Israel.

In the New Testament, Jesus says that the two most important commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor (Mark 12: 29-31). The Old Testament commandments are not different from what Jesus tells us. The commandments in the Old Testament tell us exactly how to love God and other people.

Rules to love God:

Commandment 1 – Worship only God. Do not worship other Gods.

Commandment 2 – Pray only to God

Commandment 3 – Respect God and don’t misuse His name

Commandment 4 – Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

Rules to love people

Commandment 5 – Respect your father and mother

Commandment 6 – Do not kill any of God’s creations

Commandment 7 – Be faithful to your husband/wife

Commandment 8 – Don’t steal other people’s things

Commandment 9 – Always tell the truth

Commandment 10 – Be happy with what  God has given you and don’t be greedy.

 

When we follow these  commandments, we show God that we honor him. Just like any other rules, the commandments teach us to be good people. People who follow rules properly get to enjoy certain privileges – if we follow the rules in school, we will not get in trouble and will be able to do well in class. If we follow the rules at home, our parents will be proud of us and will happily look after all our needs. When we follow God’s rules, He promises to care for us and look after all our needs.

Activities: 

Students look at the scenarios laid out on the table. Ask students to decide whether they think that each scenario describes a person following God’s rules or breaking them. Students could also take turns acting out the scenarios in small groups rather than just reading and sorting them.

If time permits, ask students to consider what might be some consequences to some of these rules being broken – get in trouble, people won’t trust/like you anymore, parents will be disappointed.

Activities2: 
Lesson Review: 

Find the missing words in the puzzle below and fill it in the correct order.

  1. Love ______________
  2. Do not worship __________________
  3. Keep God’s name _______________
  4. Keep the ________________
  5. Respect your _____________
  6. Do not____________
  7. Do not commit ____________________
  8. Do not _____________
  9. Do not _______________
  10. Do not __________________

 

Values for Life: 

Sometimes we think that it is ok to tell a small lie or to want something that our friends have, but God says it is not. It takes a lot of work to follow the commandments, but good things will come from doing so. If we are good to God and to other people, then not only will God be proud of us, but other people will be good to us too.

Life Response/My Decision: 

I will try my hardest to remember and follow God’s commandments so that He can be proud of me.

Memory Verse: 

Matthew 7:12

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Golden Rule

12 “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear God, thank you for giving us your commandments that teach us how to love you and love the people we are surrounded by. Help us to follow these rules in everything we do. Help us to never forget that you love us and that your rules help us become better people in your sight.

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02 God Punishes sinful world-Noah

UNIT #: 
I
Lesson Theme: 
God’s protection
Aim: 

To remind the students that disobedience, and turning away from God can result in painful consequences. However those who obey and trust in God like Noah will be protected and saved.

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 7:13-23

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark, 14 they and every wild animal of every kind, and all domestic animals of every kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every bird of every kind—every bird, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

17 The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 The waters swelled so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered; 20 the waters swelled above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings; 22 everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, human beings and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Have the students cut out animal pictures or download clip art pictures from a computer. Have them stick all of the pictures on a construction paper. (Optional activity) have the students  list the names of domestic animals, wild animals, animals that lives in burrows, reptiles, birds that fly in the sky, and those that walk on the land. Ask them to write about how to take care of all these animals in a big house. Where and how do they keep them separate from each other? How would they feed all the animals and clean the whole place?

Main Ideas: 

Introduction:

Talk to your students about obeying God –Examples are praying to God, respecting your parents, reading your bible, sharing with others, loving others, being friendly and helping others who are poor or sick. Brainstorm situations in their lives when they obeyed God and did the right thing, as well as those times when they didn’t. Discuss with the students why it is important to obey their parents, teachers, and to make good choices in their everyday lives. It is always good to remember that turning away from God and disobeying His commands can result in some painful consequences as in the story of Noah and the ark.

Main Ideas:

1. God is angry with the sinful world

God saw how huge the wickedness of man was on earth.  The earth was filled with violence.  People were evil, killed each other, and turned away from God. Noah was the only righteous man in his generation.  He believed and obeyed God.  God told Noah to build an ark for him and his family, so that they can get ready for the huge flood that was going to come upon the earth and destroy everything. God told Noah to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, both male and female of each kind.  He was also told to take seven pairs of clean animals and two pairs of unclean animals. Noah obeyed God and did everything as he was told

2.God Protects those who obey him.

So when it was time, God told Noah to come into the ark. Noah, his wife, his three sons, Shem, Ham , and Japheth along with  their wives entered the ark.  Two by two, all animals of every kind including cattle, wild animals, birds, and other animals that crawled on the land went into the ark.  A male and female of each creature went into the ark. Noah also took food for all of them. Then the Lord shut the door of the ark.  The closed door is a symbol of God’s protection.

3. The Floods

Then the rain started to fall heavily on the earth for forty days and forty nights. The waters flooded the earth for many days. The rising waters lifted the ark high above the earth and it moved about safely on the surface of the water.  The waters covered the entire land, hills and mountains. Every living thing that moved on the land including people, animals, and birds were destroyed in the big flood. God saved Noah and those with him in the Ark.

Activities: 

Activity #1

Build an Ark like Noah

Materials: Ark template, crayons, scissors, Brown construction paper and glue (animal images, and Popsicle sticks optional)

  1. Cut thin strips of brown construction paper
  2. On each strip have the children write what they can do to be obedient to God

(Examples:  pray every night, respect our parents, Love each other)

  1. Glue the written stripes onto the Ark
  2. Cut out the Ark
  3. Stick animal images on the popsicle stick and stick it on the ark (optional)
  4. Please use the Ark Template (Ark Template.jpg) uploaded below.

 

Activity #2

Construct Noah and the Ark Mini Book

  1. Illustrated story sheet (use the file uploaded below 'Minibook-Noah's Ark') 
  2. Write a caption under each picture
  3. Color the pictures
  4. Cut along the dotted lines
  5. Staple the pages together
  6. Make a title page and illustrate with the picture of your choice
Activities2: 
Lesson Review: 

Lesson review will be done using the crossword puzzle uploaded above (Crossword Puzzle-Noah's Ark). Student's will use the word list below to fill the crossword using the clues provided for 'Across' and 'Down'

 

    WORD LIST

Evil               Build

Animals        Obedient

Living           Saved

Flood            Forty

 

Across

2. God gave Noah instruction to------- an Ark.

3. It rained heavily for ------days and nights.

5. Noah was very-----, and listened to God.

7. Noah was ----- because he was a righteous man.

Down

1. The ark was full of pairs of ---------.

3. God cleaned the earth from all evil by sending this----

4. All --------things on earth were wiped out by the floods.

6. Every man on earth was------ except for Noah and his sons.

Values for Life: 

God gives us instruction through our parents, teachers, and through our leaders in church, but we are the ones who decide if we want to follow God’s instruction or ignore it. When we obey we love God, when we disobey we turn away from him.

Life Response/My Decision: 

I will try hard to be obedient and respectable to my parents and elders. I will try to share, and be compassionate to those going through tough times in their lives.

Memory Verse: 

James 4:17

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear God

Thank you for teaching us to love and respect each other. Help us to remember to love you and to do the right things every single day of my life.

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01 Man crown of creation

UNIT #: 
I
Lesson Theme: 
God's caretakers
Aim: 

God created man in His image, and gave him some big, important jobs to do. Adam was to take care of the beautiful garden and give names to all of the animals that God created. God also created a helper and partner for Adam, named Eve. We too are important and God entrusted us with important job of taking care of his creation. 

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 2:15-25

Let's open our bibles and find out about today's lesson.  ( If children have their bibles, encourage them to open and find the bible passage, otherwise use yours as an example. It is beneficial for both the teacher and students if you open to the passage even if you are simplifying and paraphrasing the story.) We find our lesson in the book of Genesis. Anyone know where that is? Genesis means "beginning." It is in the beginning of the bible and is the beginning of God's story. 

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19 So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called Woman,
    for out of Man this one was taken.”

24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

The story of Adam and Eve is one that the children have heard multiple times already. They are at a great age that they are proud to already share that they know something. Tap into that energy and allow them to tell you part of the story by asking more questions than giving them answers. Like " What was the name of the first human God created?" instead of " God created the first man and named him Adam." It allows you engage your class and make sure you are teaching them new material each time. 

Introduction Activity : Sing the following song as an introduction to the lesson as well as a great name learning exercise for everyone. 

Sing to the tune of " The Farmer in the Dale" 

God made me, God made me, 

God made everything, and God made me.

Involve the children by asking for their name, having the class repeat after you and then replacing "me" with their name. For example, 

God made John, God made John,

God made everything, and God made John.

The kids will love having their name a part of their song, knowing they get a turn, and feel special as you go around the classroom.  

Main Ideas: 

You already know that our God created the sun, moon, stars, the oceans, and all the animals of the earth right? Out of the ground, God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, but God's greatest creation had not been made yet! His smartest, most beautiful creation was made to be like Him. God created man, and named him Adam. Adam was the first human that God had ever created. God created Adam to watch over all the animals of the earth. God then gave Adam an incredibly important job. God asked Adam to name each and every single one of the animals he had created. Adam named the tiny insects like ladybugs, and butterflies, all the way up to the large animals like giraffes, and elephants. He named the animals in the sky from the tiny hummingbird to the big bald eagle. He named the animals in the water like the little goldfish to the great white whale. God trusted Adam to watch over the whole Garden of Eden, and all of these animals in it. God must have really trusted Adam huh? Then God thought that Adam should not be lonely, and wanted to make him someone that he could live with. Someone that could also help him take care of the garden. So God put Adam into a deep sleep, took one of his ribs, and closed him up gently. With the rib that God took from Adam, He made a woman, (meaning from the man), and brought her to Adam. God called her Eve. Adam and Eve had each other for company, and could take care of each other along with all the creatures of the Garden of Eden.

 

 

Activities: 

Choose between the following activities. 

ACTIVITY 1: 

Adam named the Animals

Say: Let's play a game called Adam named all the animals to help us learn about God's creation. God gave Adam the job of naming all the animals. Who would like to be Adam? Everyone will get a turn. Choose one child to be Adam and then continue. In a minute, I will ask Adam to name some things that God has created.  Adam will say " Adam named the ..." and then name something God has created. You will have to listen carefully, because if Adam names an animal your job is to act like that animal and make that animal's noise. If Adam names something that is not an animal, your job is to stand still. 

Have Adam call out " Adam named the ..." and complete the sentence with animal names or other things God created like trees, people, the sun, flowers or fruit. Be ready to help Adam think of things like kangaroos, owls, elephants, cats, dogs, lions, etc. Help the children make sounds as necessary. Children who act out something that does not have an action is not out of the game, keep encouraging them and continue playing. Depending on your class size, allow Adam to name one or a few animals, and then join the others so you may choose a new Adam.                                                                                                                         Ask:                                                                                                                                                 What is your favorite animal?                                                                                                            Which animals can you keep as pets?                                                                                             Which animals do you see in a zoo?

Say: God made all the animals, and had Adam name them. Birds of the sky, animals of the earth, fish of the sea, God made them all. Everything that God made is good. 

ACTIVITY 2 : 

God Made Me and All of You

sing to the tune of "London Bridge"

God made me and all of you
All of you,
All of you,
God made me and all of you.
He loves us!

(point to self and others when you say me and you.  Hug self at the end)

He made dogs and cats too

cats too, cats too, 

He made dogs and cats too. 

Meow! Meow! Meow! 

He made frogs and birdies too
Birdies too,
Birdies too,
He made frogs and birdies too
Cheep!  Cheep!  Cheep!

You can adjust the length of the song by adding others like "lions and tigers...roar!", "giraffes and monkeys too....ooo! ooo!  aa! " , or "lizards and snakes...ssssss!" 

ACTIVITY 3: 

Go around the room and try to come up with an animal for every letter of the alphabet. As each child names an animal, have the class respond by acting like the animal, or making the animal noise. 

Lesson Review: 

Review Time 

1. Why did God make us?

2. Why did God make the animals?

3. Why did God make Eve?

4. What was the job God gave Adam?

5. What jobs have God given us?

Values for Life: 

The children should acknowledge that Adam was created in God's image, as are we. We were created just like Adam with a special purpose for God. We too can take care of each other like Adam and Eve did for each other. We should also appreciate and care for the beautiful world around us. We can do that by putting trash in trash cans, recycling, taking care of our pets, helping to garden, and thanking God for the world he made. 

Life Response/My Decision: 

My Decision- Use the questions from Review time to frame this discussion. Ask: What can we do to help and praise God? 

God created me in His image, and has give us the job of taking care of each other and the world around us. 

Memory Verse: 

Genesis 2:15

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Closing Prayer: 

Say : When God made us, He made us very special. Let us thank God for making our bodies so wonderful. What can we do with our feet? ( Wait for the children to respond : run, jump, dance, play ) Show how you can jump and say "Thank you God for our feet." What can we do with our hands? (Ex: Wave hello, help cook or clean, write. ) Wave hello and say " Thank you God for our hands." What can we do with our mouths? ( Ex:eat, sing, laugh, etc.) Say " Thank you God for our mouths." 

What else can we thank God for? ( When everyone has had a chance to respond and thank God, pray. Encourage students to pray for the class if they would like or they can repeat after you with the following:

God, we thank you for making us and the world around us so special. Thank you for making each one of us with so much love. We know you love everything you made, especially us. We promise to help each other and to help take care of the world around us for you. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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