Beulah Land: Abraham and Sarah
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’s story is about God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants. This is the fourth major covenant in the Old Testament. It referred to by scholars as the “Abrahamic Covenant” and it is full of mysterious promises… How will God give numerous offspring to a barren couple? Why does He promise a home while at the same time ask Abraham and Sarah to move? You can find this story in Genesis 12:24- 25:11.
Wondering: I wonder what it was like for Abraham to hear from God? I wonder how many pieces of sand are in the desert? I wonder who all is in this family of Abraham?
Family Followup: It might be fun to take your child outside at night and have them try to count the stars in the sky… or dirt piece on the ground! That’s a lot of people in Abraham’s family! An interesting thing for you to do as an adult is contemplate your family tree. Can you trace Christians in your family? Are you the first set of believers? As you reflect on God’s promises, consider times you may have felt like Abraham… called but unsure of how God would fulfill his promises to you? *The memory verse this week might be a little long for a 3-year-old, but you might can find a different version that would work. The one above is NIV.
Hymn of the Month: We are practicing a hymn each week with our Beulah Land kids so they can become more familiar with the songs they’ll be singing with our entire congregation one day. Since they are usually downstairs for the Sanctus, we’ll start there this month! Find the song HERE to practice at home! This is the last week we’ll be with this song!
Godly Play I: Floor and the Ark
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: This lesson is about God’s promise to Noah and his family. The story of Noah and the Flood contains the third major covenant in the Old Testament. It referred to by scholars as the “Noahic Covenant.” This story comes from Genesis 6:5-9:16.
Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be on an ark for so long? I wonder what Noah’s ark looked like? I wonder what God meant when He promised to never destroy the earth again? I wonder if there is a part of the story that is about you?
Family Followup: Fun Fact: It took 120 years for Noah to build his ark! And he was 601-years-old when he finally was able to get out of the ark! (See Gen 9:13-16) Why don’t you and your child try to build your own ark? See if it will float! Or draw a picture of an ark or a rainbow. Look for rainbows when you are driving around with your child. Thank God for His promise to never send such a flood again.
Godly Play II: The Story of David
Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer! Ruth 4:14a
Summary: This week’s lesson gives an overview of the story of David. It begins with David as a shepherd and continues through his life, highlighting major stories such as the battle with Goliath and murder of Uriah. One theme presented to the children is that David was not a perfect king, but was repentant. He asked for God’s forgiveness and continued to seek Him. God forgave him.
Wondering: I wonder what David thought when Samuel told him that he was the new king of Israel? I wonder which part of David’s life stood out to you the most? Which part of David’s story confuses you? I wonder how this story connects with you? I wonder how it connects to Jesus?
Family Followup: This week’s lesson covers a lot of ground. You might enjoy re-reading the parts of David’s story that are most interesting or most confusing to your child. You can find David’s stories in 1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel 7 1 Kings 1-2. It might be fun to act out David facing Goliath.