This Sunday: November 15

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 Son of Laughter

  • Memory Verse: Is anything too hard for the Lord? About this time next year, Sarah will have a son. Genesis 18:14
  • Summary: This is the 3rd week of an 8-week break from our Beulah Land Curriculum. We are using the Jesus StoryBook Bible (JSB) in its place. Children will hear the story of the birth of Isaac this Sunday.  This week we will attempt to act out the story, but will also include response/ work time again!
  • I Wonder… : what part of this story you like best? which part is most important?
  • At home: If you’d like to re-read this account at home, you can find it in the JSB pp. 58-61. You could also read it from another bible. You can act out the story or draw it. Play a laughing game!

Godly Play I: The Ark and the Temple

The lid lifts off during the story so your child can see inside! They can touch the parts and walk the priest figure through the rooms.
The lid lifts off during the story so your child can see inside! They can touch the parts and walk the priest figure through the rooms.

 

  • Memory Verse: Oh Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above on in earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their hearts. 1 Kings 8:23
  • Summary:  We continue this week with the idea of God’s presence. As the people of God traveled, they took the ark and tent with them. Truly, God was with them where ever they went! Now that they are established in the Promised Land, the people of God have a new experience of His presence. It is similar to the tent, but it is different. Now it will remain in one spot. God is with them when they go and when they stay. At the end of the story, the storyteller will read a passage from 1 Kings 8 that contains Solomon’s temple dedication prayer. It reminds us that while God cannot be contained in one place, He was faithful to His promise of making a way to be near His people.
  • I wonder…: what are God dwells with us? how does God come close to us? what it was like to go to the temple? to be inside it? to walk into the holy of holies room?
  • Other followup: We believe that God is everywhere. But He chose to let the Israelites experience his presence in this manner. He used symbols like a candle stand and a table with 12 loaves of bread. A temple priest walked through those after cleansing and providing sacrifices to come close to God in the inner room on behalf of the people. The temple itself was a reminder that God was with them. These are not details to pass over. They give us context for, and point to, Christ. I wonder if you could read other stories with your child to see if you see these symbols elsewhere in Scripture? Is there an object you could hold or place in your home that helps remind you of God’s presence? I wonder what your child would use to remember? Burn some incense and talk about the smoke and prayers going up to God.

Godly Play II: The Story of Sarah

Story of Sarah

  • Memory Verse: Is anything too hard for the Lord? About this time next year, Sarah will have a son. Genesis 18:14
  • Summary: This week, your children will hear the story of Sarah. By now, your child is familiar with the Story of the Great Family. We refer to that as the Abrahamic Covenant, in which God commits himself to Abraham and his offspring. In this story within the big story, we encounter how that promise is put into action. Against all odds – disbelief, pain, sorrow, anger, jealousy, sin, disappointment, etc. – God will make good on his promises. You can find this account in Genesis 12:24- 25:11.
  • I Wonder…: what it was like for Sarah to hear she would be a mother of many nations even though she could not have children? what is was like to hear that she would have a son in her old age? why God waited until then? what is something in your life that is hard to believe?
  • Additional Follow-up: This is a silly suggestion, but have you seen an aging app for phones? HERE is one. What if you used it with your child? It would be funny and it would also provide some parameters about growing old. Thinking about old age is a hard concept for children. It seems very far away! Sarah was like an old grandmother when she became pregnant. That’s hard to imagine…even for her! This is a good story for talking about how believers throughout history have struggled to believe and trust God, but that He has always been faithful to them.
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