Beulah Land: The Kingdom
- Memory Verse: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come. -Revelation 4:8
- Summary: Today’s story talks about the church and growth of the Kingdom of God. I love the words of the lesson, “God’s people will be kings and queens, a holy nation, a royal priesthood; the Holy Lamb of God will be their Shepherd; they will see his face, and hear his voice, calling them by name; he will lead them from fountains of living water and God will wipe every tear from their eyes…and that is our story.”
- I Wonder… : when Jesus will come again? what Jesus wants us to do until he comes back? what is the most amazing thing about this story?
- Additional Follow-up: As we look forward to the return of Christ, take time to celebrate God’s faithfulness with your family. At dinner, talk about ways God shows his love and care for us. Take time to thank him for the way he has led your family and provided for you. Talk about what the coming kingdom might be like. I bet you’d be surprised at what your kids wonder!
Godly Play I & II: Free Work Time
- Memory Verse: Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:33-35
- Summary: Today is a lesson completely devoted to encountering God through the story sets and art supplies. The storyteller will open the story circle by helping the children reflect upon and wonder over the stories they’ve heard in Godly Play. Children will then be given the opportunity to choose either a story set or art materials to work with. Since children integrate their experience and knowledge with hands-on play, this will be a time for them to connect with God and His Word. Sometimes children need to come back to the same story on multiple occasions to receive the life it has to offer…not unlike us adults! This time gives them an intentional space to do so. See more HERE about work in Godly Play.
- I Wonder…: which story you think of more than others? which one you like most? which one you like least? which story has something to do with Jesus? which story has something to do with you?
- Additional Followup: This is the last week of Godly Play for the year before we move into Catechism Summer. I wonder what story your child picked to work with? Maybe you could show your child how to look that story up in Scripture, read it, or even create your own version of it to play with at home. Another idea is to find a verse from that story to memorize.