Godly Play I: Practice
Verse: I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going. Psalm 139: 5 (The Message)
Summary: We are taking the slow route to help our 3-4-year-olds learn the Godly Play session elements. Today we will review the last three weeks, have a guided work time and feast. There’s no set lesson, but you can use the wondering questions to help them review.
Wondering: I wonder where God is? I wonder what the three persons of God are? I wonder what part of the year you like best? I wonder which is most important?
Family Follow Up: At the beginning of every class, we talk about how God is everywhere… even in the room with us as we are together at church. Then we light three candles (similar to the ones downstairs in our worship service) and say something like this, “God is everywhere! We light these candles to help us stop and remember that He is even with us now. Our God is three-in-one. That is a wonderful mystery. We know him as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.”
This week we are offering the option to make a church calendar. You can talk to them about the colors on the calendar or even make another one at home.
Godly Play II: The Flood
Verse: He is the maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He remains faithful forever. Psalm 146:6
Summary: This lesson comes from Genesis 6:5-9:16. It is about God’s covenant with mankind to preserve the world so that people can continue spreading out into the earth. It is a reminder that God is the one who sustains our world (and renews it, ultimately in Christ). As one author wrote, “Every change of season and every sunrise and sunset is proof positive that the Lord never breaks his promises.” He is faithful.
Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be on an ark for so long? I wonder what Noah’s ark looked like? I wonder what God meant when He promised to never destroy the earth again? I wonder where all of that water went?
Family Follow-up: Read Psalm 104 together. Talk about ways you see God’s faithfulness through nature.
Godly Play III: Knowing Jesus in a New Way
Verse: Blessed are those who have not yet seen, and yet have believed. John 20:29b
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 two weeks then focus on Jesus’ appearance to the disciples and to doubting Thomas. You can find the accounts in John 20:19-29 and Luke 24:35-49.
Wondering: I wonder why the disciples were hiding in a locked room? I wonder how Jesus just appeared to them? I wonder why Thomas doubted? I wonder what it is like to not see, but believe?
Family Follow-up: Talk about doubt. Talk about things you believe when you can’t see them. Share ways you are helped in your own doubt. How does meeting with other believers help us?