GP I: Ark and Tent
Memory Verse: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Psalm 90:1
Summary: This week’s lesson focuses on the presence of God with the Israelites. God would not leave His people as they wandered nor as they entered the Promise Land, even when they doubted and sinned. But how will He make his presence known? The Israelites were afraid to approach him at Mt. Sinai, but He is also too holy to be addressed in an ordinary way. Your children will discuss the way God commanded Moses and the Israelites to set up the tabernacle in order to have His presence. An important phrase repeated in this lesson is, “God made a way for the people to come near.”
I Wonder…: I wonder how we are near to God? I wonder how we know? I wonder how God makes a way for his people to come near? I wonder how He makes a way for us to come close to Him?
Additional Follow-up: See if your child can remember the parts of the tent. Light some incense (or a candle) and wonder what it smelled like in the tent.
GP II: Story of David
Memory Verse: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
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 some parts of his story such as the battle with Goliath and murder of Uriah. One theme presented to the children is that though David was not a perfect king, he was repentant and asked for God’s forgiveness. And God was always faithful to forgive him.
I wonder…: I wonder what it was like to be the king of Israel? I wonder what it means to be a man after God’s own heart? I wonder what part of the story you remember most?
Additional Follow-Up: This week’s lesson covers a lot of ground. You might enjoy re-reading the parts of David’s story that are most interesting to your child. You can find David’s stories in 1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel 7 1 Kings 1-2. Our memory verse is from Psalm 51, which was written by David after his affair with Bathsheba. If your child is reading, you can help him/ her look through the bible to find which Psalms were written by David.
Godly Play II: The Story of Ruth
Passage: Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer! Ruth 4:14a
Summary: This week’s lesson is the story of Ruth. When Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, are widowed and left to starve, God reveals how He is at work on behalf of His people. This story is much less about a romantic encounter nestled in between rocky times of the judges, and much more about the welcoming of a courageous Moabite woman into the family of God.
I wonder…: I wonder what Naomi and Ruth thought would happen to them? I wonder how they felt about going back home? I wonder what Ruth thought when she decided to take care of her mother-in-law? I wonder what she meant when she said “your God will be my God.” I wonder what the most important part of the story is?
Additional Follow-Up: This week’s lesson is quite short. It might be a good time to read the story of Ruth together at home. Another idea for home is to talk about what it means to be a widow or to be unable to have children today (both here and around the world).