Beulah Land: Samuel
“Speak Lord, for your servant is listening!” 1 Samuel 3:10b
Summary: Today’s story is about Samuel. Like other stories sprinkled throughout Scripture, we begin with barrenness and end up with a blessing from God. Children will hear about Samuel’s call to serve the Living God.
Wondering: I wonder why Hannah wanted to take Samuel to live in the tent of the Lord? I wonder if Samuel wanted to live there? I wonder what it was like for Samuel to hear God calling his name? I wonder if you have heard God call your name?
Family Followup: Re-read the story together at home from your bible. Have your child pretend to be Samuel and re-enact God calling him/her.
Hymn of the Month: Today we begin a new hymn of the month! It is Be Thou My Vision. Find the song HERE to practice at home!
Godly Play I: Jonah
I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land. Jonah 1:9
Summary: This week our younger Godly Play children join the older Godly Play class in turning their attention to the prophets as we get ready to enter the season of Advent. Today’s story is that of Jonah. When Jonah disobeys God and does everything wrong, God still uses him to extend mercy to other nations…including Nineveh, a bitter enemy of Israel.
Wondering: I wonder what made Jonah not want to go to Nineveh? I wonder what he felt when a big fish swallowed him? I wonder what he thought when God spared Nineveh because they repented? I wonder if we are ever like Jonah? I wonder if you have heard another story about a storm on the water while a man sleeps in the boat? What is different in that story?
Family Followup: Use the prophet flashcard game! Your child may not know all of the symbols (since their class did not cover all of the prophets this year) but it’s fine to go ahead and begin to learn about them! They’ll get those stories as they go through Godly Play over the next few years.
Interesting to note: Jonah is read during the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is a reminder that no one is beyond God’s hand of mercy and that His mercy awaits those who repent whole-heartedly. In addition, Jesus compares his ministry to Jonah. What parallels do you see between the two?
Godly Play II: Ezekiel
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Note: This is our fifth week studying a prophet in GP II. This might be a good time to explore patterns and themes with your children. What were typical messages the prophets delivered? What did God ask of his people? What were consequences of their actions? How did God remain faithful to his people despite their disobedience?
Summary: This week’s story is about the prophet Ezekiel. He was a prophet to God’s people while they were in exile in Babylon. He had several visions from God to relay to the people. As the storyteller discusses each vision, she will lay a symbol out to represent that vision. The completed story looks something like this (check out those dry bones!):
Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be Ezekiel? I wonder what it was like to see visions from God? I wonder what it was like to tell the people God’s messages?
Family Followup: Review the Prophets Flashcard Game at home! You can also read from the book of Ezekiel and look for God’s faithfulness to his covenant with Israel. Despite being in exile and seeing Jerusalem destroyed, God also promised to breathe new life into dry bones and restore the city.