Here are the stories for this week. Each segment will include a summary, some follow-up wondering questions for home, a memory verse if you’d like to work on memorizing those and occasional ideas to further the study through the week as a family.
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Beulah Land: The Exodus
Memory Verse: Exodus 20:2
Summary: Because this is such a big story, we have broken it up into sections over the last three weeks. This week, the storyteller will ask the kids to help review the entire story together.
I Wonder…: What Moses thought when he heard God through the burning bush? What it is like to be a slave? What the Israelites thought when they walked through the sea on dry land? What God felt when he saw his special people? Why the 10 Commandments were so important that Moses put them in a special box? What is more important, the 10 Commandments or going into the Promised Land?
Additional Followup: Re-read the story at home. Act out scenes from the story. Sing and dance like you just crossed the Sea!
Godly Play I: The Circle of the Church Year
Memory Verse: Ecc. 3:11
Summary: We measure time in all sorts of ways! The church calendar is a way that Christians have historically made sense of time, especially crucial seasons of our faith like Christmas and Easter. Each season allows us maintain a rhythm of “memory and expectation” that increase our awareness of God’s presence and provide a way to view time. This lesson sets the structure of the upcoming year in Godly Play as we pay attention to the circle of movement.
I Wonder…: Which color you like best? Which color is more important? Why the church tells time with colors?
Additional Followup: Make a church calendar at home! HERE is an example. You could even make a simple calendar with markers and a paper plate! Let your child tell you about the colors and what they represent. When in the worship service each week, ask your child to look for the color on the communion table. What season does it represent?
Godly Play II: The Books of the Bible
Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
Summary: This lesson has many purposes. It provides an “overview of the entire Bible, focusing on both the individual books of the Bible and the kinds of writing found in the Bible” as well as helps teach the order of the books. Since Godly Play rooms are set up in Scriptural order, your child already has been learning the order of stories. Now that older children can read, they may use this story set during work to look up stories and verses they already know!
I wonder…: What book you like best? Which is most important? If we can leave any of them out and still have all we need?
Additional Followup: There are oodles of songs, crafts and games out there to teach the books of the Bible… google them and be blown away! Use them if you’d like. But don’t forget that you can just use the Bible! Let your child flip through a Bible, show him/her how to look up a passage, look for where the Old Testament ends. Explore together: What’s the first book? What’s the last? Which one is in the middle?