Godly Play I: Falling Apart
Verse: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Summary: This is the story of how everything fell apart in the garden. Your children will hear about how Adam and Eve sinned, realized that everything was different because of sin 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 wonderful 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 Adam and Eve thought would bring them back to a new garden?
Family Follow-up: For Family: Read this story from the bible together. Consider together: What is sin? What are impacts of sin? Who sins? What sets us free from sin?
Sin is a big concept for us adults, let alone your concrete thinking 3 and 4-year-olds! Think of this as an ongoing conversation. They are catching more than you think! A child in this age bracket is able to understand that sin is a bad thing and that it keeps us from having what God intended. Look to give snippets of truth that they can mull over and build upon.
Godly Play II: Story of Sarah
Memory Verse: For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4
Summary: This week’s story is about Sarah. They have already learned about her in the story of God’s Great Family, but we will zoom in a little to learn more about how God’s promise to build his people plays out in her life in particular. This story contains disbelief, pain, sorrow, anger, jealousy, sin, hope, disappointment and more! Though it seems against all odds, God makes good on His promise to Sarah AND his people. You can find this account in Genesis 12:24- 25:11.
I Wonder…: how Sarah would be the mother of a child when she was so old? how God decided to wait until then? what is something in your life that is hard to believe?
Additional Follow-up: 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…it was even hard 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. This is a silly suggestion, but have you seen an aging app for phone? What if you used it with your child? It would be funny and it would also provide some fodder for conversation about growing old.
Godly Play III: Knowing Jesus in a New Way V
Verse: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28: 19-20
Summary: Today we continue in our new story set that walks us through the days between Jesus’ resurrection to Pentecost. It’s called Knowing Jesus in a New Way. The lesson will briefly review the last four weeks then focus on Jesus’ commission to the disciples in Galilee. Jesus tells his disciples to go and make disciples across the world. He encouraged them by reminding them that he would always be with them in this endeavor. You can find it in Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 16:15-18.
Wondering: I wonder what Jesus meant when he said that all authority in heaven and earth had been given to him? I wonder how the disciples felt when they heard Jesus tell them it was time for them to go make disciples? I wonder what they needed to tell people?
Family Follow-up: What does it mean to make disciples? Or to be one? How does Jesus’ presence make a difference in that? Read Acts 2: 42-47 to get an idea of how the early church began “making disciples”. The bible project has a great overview of what happens post the great commission.