This Sunday: November 1

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: Jesus Story Book Bible’s The Beginning

  • Memory Verse: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
  • Summary: This week we are starting an 8-week break from our Beulah Land Curriculum to utilize the Jesus StoryBook Bible (JSB). Children will hear the story of Creation read through once, then will act out the story as the storyteller reads the account through a second time!
  • I Wonder… : what part of this story you like best? which part is most important?
  • At home: You might not have felt figures at home, but the chances are high that you have a JSB! You can continue this lesson at home. Find this account in the JSB pp. 18-26. Re-read it at home. OR read it from another bible. Draw pictures of your child’s favorite part of creation.

Godly Play I: The Ten Best Ways

  • Memory Verse: Walk in all the ways that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33
  • Summary: Last week, we heard about the Exodus. This week we will turn our attention to when the Ten Commandments are given to the Israelites. The story begins with this line, “Now that the people are free, they can go anywhere they want to go and do anything they want to do. Where will they go now? What is the best way?” You can read the story at home in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:1-21.
  • I wonder…: why God gave the 10 Commandments? which is the most important? which is the hardest to follow? what happens when we don’t follow the best ways?
  • Other followup: The Ten Commandments raise some big concepts for little kids! What does it mean to break a marriage? Honor your parents? Keep the Sabbath holy? What happens when you don’t obey them? They’re big concepts for us adults, too! We are all constantly learning what it means to do these things in general and in particular. This is great fodder for conversation with your kids! Maybe pick a mealtime this week to eat together and talk about it as a family. Where do you see Jesus in the 10 Commandments? What about grace?

Godly Play II: 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 will be reacquainted with 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 said there would be as many descendants as stars in the sky? who else is in the Great Family? what it was like Sarah and Abraham thought and felt when they learned they were going to have a baby when they were very old?
  • Additional Follow-up: Go outside and try to count the stars. Scoop up a handful of dirt and try to count the granules. Make a family tree. Can you trace the Christians in your family? Are you the first ones?
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