Ordinary Time: Sunday, September 11

Beulah Land: Adam and Eve
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

Summary: This is the story of Adam, Eve, the fall, and losing home. Your children will hear about how Adam and Eve sinned and were banished from Eden. You can also find this account in Genesis 2:4-3:24.

Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be in the beautiful garden? I wonder what Adam and Eve thought about the serpent? I wonder what Adam and Eve felt when they hid from God? I wonder what it felt like to lose their home?

Family Followup: Read this story from the Jesus Storybook Bible at home. You can draw a picture of a garden or name an animal that you draw.

Beulah Land points out that all humankind, even children, have tasted loss and pain. In the account of Adam and Eve, we learn that our sin led to the sorrow we experience in life. It is a grievous, weighty part of our stories. It is what leads to guilt, shame, and hiding. Where do you feel the effects of the fall in your life? Where do your children? Where do you see the promise of redemption in this story? What about your family’s?

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!

Godly Play I: Holy Family
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

Summary: This story draws attention to the focal story of our room- the Holy Family. It is literally in the middle of our focal shelves and seen behind the story teller each week as a new story is told. Christ’s incarnation changes everything for us. He is the story all of the other stories are about. We will name those present at His birth and talk briefly about His death and resurrection.

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Wondering: I wonder which part of the story you like best? I wonder which is most important? I wonder what this story has to do with you?

Family Followup: Read Colossians 1:15-20 with your children one night before bed. It is about the supremacy of Christ. Draw a picture of today’s lesson. Have your child tell you about each participant in the story. I encourage you to not quiz the children to make sure they have the right answers, but allow them to talk about their picture freely as they explore the story.

Godly Play II: Story of Jacob

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”                               Genesis 32:28

Summary: This story is about the life of Jacob. His story, full of trickery, anger, fear, and forgiveness, also happens to grow the Great Family God promised to Abraham. It also provides us with the origin of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Find this story in Genesis 25:19-33:20 and 35:16-29.

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Wondering: I wonder why God asked Jacob his name? I wonder why God gave Jacob a new name? I wonder how Esau felt when Jacob stole everything from him? I wonder how God wrestled with Jacob? I wonder why we have the story of Jacob?

Family Followup: There are so many themes to explore from Jacob’s story (lying, sibling rivalry, what constitutes a blessing, what does it mean to wrestle with God…) maybe you can build a “Jacob’s Ladder” and talk about those things. HERE is another way to make one.

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