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: David
Memory Verse: David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…” 1 Samuel 17:45a
Summary: Today’s story is about David facing Goliath. The story contrasts the size and power of the boy David and the giant Goliath, with the even bigger strength of God.
I Wonder… : if David was afraid of the giant? if the giant was afraid of David? what it is like to trust in the Lord? if this is like any other story you’ve heard?
Additional Follow-up: Kids process information and learn via play. Stage a battle with toys between the Israelites and Philistines. Act it out. Pretend a tall tree is Goliath. Marvel and wonder together about the Lord, who can equip an average boy to defeat a giant. Find the site of the battle on a map.
Godly Play I & II: Paul’s Discoveries
Memory Verse: Choose a verse from Acts 9!
Summary: Our final New Testament lesson this semester is about Paul and the spread of Christianity. The story discusses the role of Holy Spirit in changing Paul from the inside out, then using him to spread the hope of Christ to early churches. It’s told in 7 stages (Leaving Tarsus, Study at the Temple, Conversion on the way to Damascus, Escape from Damascus, Letters to the New Churches).
I Wonder…: what Paul thought when He met Jesus as he traveled? if Paul was afraid? what is most important about Paul’s life? what part of the story is about you?
Additional Follow-up: Find a map of Paul’s missionary journeys. Wonder together over why Paul was willing to endure hardships to spread the hope of Christ.