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: Jonah
Memory Verse: I will say, “Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9b
Summary: What a strange book this is! We have Jonah, a reluctant prophet, who is angry that God wants to extend grace to Israel’s enemies. When he refuses to share a message from God, Jonah is swallowed by a huge sea animal. He is left in the belly of the whale for three days to decide how he will respond to God’s judgment. When he is finally willing to take God’s message to Nineveh, the people repent. Rather than rejoicing, Jonah becomes angry and receives another experience in the hot desert sun to understand why God showed Nineveh mercy.
I Wonder… : what it is like to not want to do what God asks you to do? what it is like to run away from God? what it is like to be in the belly of a whale? if this story reminds you of any other stories?
Additional Follow-up: Play with water! Pretend to be swallowed by a whale.
Godly Play I: The Great Family
Memory Verse: I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Genesis 22:17
Summary: This week, your child is introduced to the “desert box”. Several lessons are given through this medium, as it is an important setting in Scripture. They will cover the story of Abraham & Sarah, the promise of God to Abraham (known as the Abrahamic Covenant in Reformed Theology), and Isaac & Rebekah. You can find this in Genesis 12-15, 24. One major theme repeated is the idea of the “great family” of God that includes Abraham, Jesus, you, and as many people as grains of sand in the desert.
I Wonder…: what God meant when he told Abraham he would have as many descendants as stars in the sky? who all is in the Great Family? what is is like to think you will never have what you hoped for? to receive something you hoped for?
Additional Follow-up: Go outside and try and count the stars. Or get a handful of sand and try to count the individual grains. Make a family tree. Are there other Christians in your family? Are you the first set of believers?
Godly Play II: Falling Apart
Memory Verse: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. Genesis 3:15
Summary: Today your children will hear the story of the Fall of Man. Adam and Eve are in a garden where they enjoy God’s presence and his good gifts. But when they listen to the accuser and disobey God, everything falls apart. Find this story in Genesis 2-3.
I Wonder…: what made Adam and Eve want to eat the fruit God told them not to eat? what was most sad about everything falling apart? what part of the story is about you? what part is about God?