Godly Play I: Ten Best Ways
Verse: Walk in all the ways that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33
Summary: Last week, your child heard the story about the Exodus. This week, we will turn our attention to the part of our story in which the Ten Commandments are given to the Israelites. The story sets up with this line, “Now that the people are free, they can go anywhere they want to go and do anything they want to do. Where will they go now? What is the best way?” You can read the story at home in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:1-21.
Wondering: I wonder why God gave the people the Ten Commandments? I wonder why we called them the 10 best ways tonight? I wonder what the most important commandment is? Which ones do you remember? I wonder which one is the hardest to keep for you? I wonder what happens if we don’t choose the best ways?
Family Follow-up: Do you think you can memorize the ten commandments together? They’re big concepts for adults, let alone 3 and 4 year olds! What does it mean to value life? To not want what other have? I wouldn’t expect too much discussion about these, but you can still try to wonder together about them. Memorizing is also good for now. For adults, Matt Clegg recommended this book as a good reference for you as you think through the commandments and life as a Christian!
Godly Play II: Story of Samuel
Memory Verse: For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7b
Summary: This week’s story is about Samuel. It will give a brief overview of his life as a priest, prophet and judge. It will also help link the worship of God from the tent to the temple. We will also hear briefly about the institution of kings in Israel with Saul and David.
I Wonder…: I wonder why the Bible tells us that Hannah brought a coat to Samuel every year? I wonder what you liked most about this story? I wonder what is most important?
Additional Follow-up: Talk about (and memorize) the bible verse. What does it mean for God to see beyond what’s on the outside? What is important to God?
Godly Play III: Holy Family
Verse: 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.
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 Follow-up: 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.