This Sunday

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?

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The Wedding Banquet

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From the writer, Flo Paris… What a humbling and beautiful idea that we have been invited to the banquet of the King, and even more so that He goes after the marginalized and the broken to fill His house. As I was recording these words in a demo to send to our producer, my girls were singing along. There is a line where the King orders the servant to ‘Fill these empty chairs.’” As we were recording together, the girls SHOUTED the line with gladness. They added an exclamation point that was not there previously! It was their idea and an organic moment that added so much joy and passion to the song.

 

Fall Schedule

Time, time, time. There are all kinds of time. – Godly Play, Circle of Calendar Year

Greetings!

This Sunday, August 23rd, is our last summer catechism class. The summer has really flown by! We will restart our Godly Play Curriculum August 30th.

That Sunday will also be the time when 4-year-old/ PreK children move into Godly Play I. It is also the time when 1st graders move into Godly Play II and 4th graders cycle out of Godly play. The 4th graders will remain downstairs through the entire service.

Here is our tentative Story Schedule for Fall Semester:

August 30
Beulah Land: Exodus III
Godly Play I: The Circle of the Church Year
Godly Play II: The Books of the Bible

September 6
Beulah Land: Ruth
Godly Play I: Jesus and the 12
Godly Play II: Jesus and the 12

September 13
Beulah Land: Samuel
Godly Play I: Pentecost
Godly Play II: Pentecost

September 20
Beulah Land: David
Godly Play I: Paul’s Discovery
Godly Play II: Paul’s Discovery

September 27
Beulah Land: Elijah
Godly Play I: Holy Family
Godly Play II: Holy Trinity

October 4
Beulah Land: Esther
Godly Play I: Creation
Godly Play II: The Holy Family

October 11
Beulah Land: Daniel
Godly Play I: The Flood and the Ark
Godly Play II: Creation

October 18
Beulah Land: Jonah
Godly Play I: The Great Family
Godly Play II: Falling Apart

October 25
Beulah Land: Jerusalem
Godly Play I: Exodus
Godly Play II: The Flood & the Ark

November 1
Beulah Land: TBA
Godly Play I: The Ten Best Ways
Godly Play II: The Great Family

November 8
Beulah Land: TBA
Godly Play I: Ark and the Tent
Godly Play II: Story of Abraham

November 15
Beulah Land: TBA
Godly Play I: Ark and the Temple
Godly Play II: Story of Sarah

November 22
Beulah Land: TBA
Godly Play I: The Holy Family
Godly Play II: The Holy Family

November 29 *Advent Begins
Beulah Land: Teeny, Weeny King (JSB)
Godly Play I: Advent 1
Godly Play II: Advent 1

December 6
Beulah Land: Good Shepherd (JSB)
Godly Play I: Advent 2
Godly Play II: Advent 2

December 13
Beulah Land: Operation No More Tears (JSB)
Godly Play I: Advent 3
Godly Play II: Advent 3

December 20
Beulah Land: Get Ready! (JSB)
Godly Play I: Advent 4
Godly Play II: Advent 4

December 27
Beulah Land: Christmas (JSB)
Godly Play I: The Mystery of Christmas
Godly Play II: The Mystery of Christmas

Hope to see you there!
Shalom,
Jessica