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: Daniel
Memory Verse: Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries! Daniel 2:47a
Summary: Today’s story is one of a God who is present with his people, even while they are in exile surrounded by false gods and arrogant kings. Shadrach, Meshach, Adebnego and Daniel live far from their land and people, yet they remain faithful to God. When their loyalty to God is questioned, they are sent to fiery and ravenous trials. Through them, our one true God reveals His power to deliver and rule. Surely He is the God of gods and Lord of kings!
I Wonder… : why Daniel and his friends would not bow down to the idol or the king? what made Daniel and his friends so brave? how Daniel came out of the lion’s den without a scratch? what it was like to be far away from home?
Additional Follow-up: Yep. I’m encouraging you to act out the story with your kids again! You can read the story while the kids act out the motions. Google images of lions and fire. Talk about how hot fire is or how powerful lions are! Marvel together over the even great power of God who rescued Daniel and his friends. Draw pictures of the event.
Godly Play I: The Flood
Memory Verse: Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. Genesis 9:16
Summary: Though often portrayed in soft colors on nursery walls, the story of Noah and the Ark is quite terrifying! Because of the horror of sin, God destroys the earth and everyone in it (except for Noah, his family and 2 of every kind of animal) with massive amounts of water. Through this re-creation event, God establishes a covenant with all living creatures that ensures He will not destroy life with the flood again.
I Wonder…: what it was like for Noah to build the boat? what it was like to be on the ark for so long? what God meant when He said He would not let floods destroy the earth again? what this story has to do with you?
Additional Follow-up: It took Noah about 120 years to build the ark AND he was 600 when the flood occurred. Look up what scholars suggest the ark may have looked like. Build your own ark!
Parents: What do you think theologians mean when they say the Flood is a “re-creation” event? What parallels do you see between the creation and flood account?
Godly Play II: Creation
Memory Verse: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Summary: Today’s story is about the creation. It is how we begin to trace the presence of God in our history. At the end of each day, we are reminded that God declared His creation “good”, and His human creations “very good”. You can find the story in Genesis 1:1-2:3
I Wonder…: what you like that God made? if there is something you don’t like in God’s creation? what God is most proud of creating? what we can know about the Creator by His creation?
Additional Follow-up: Go for a nature walk and point out trees or water. Ask what day God made those. Give a prayer of thanksgiving for those things.