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Sunday School God Keeps His Promises

Sunday School Lesson 11: God Keeps His Promises This is the last of three lessons about Noah. You can view the first lesson in the series here and the second lesson here. The aim of this third lesson was to show our kiddos that God can be trusted to keep His promises! Last week, we saw how Noah and his family got ready to board the ark and how God was involved in that process. This week, we started by taking talking about about Noah, his family and all the animals that had boarded the ark. God had just closed the door to the ark behind them and they were waiting to see what would happen. Would it start to rain, just as God had said? Suddenly, they heard a great roar of thunder and lightning flashed across the sky and it started to rain. And it rained and rained and rained. We were curious to see what Mr and Mrs. Noah were doing inside the ark. Were they scared by the thunder and lighting? Nope! They did not look one but worried or scared. In fact, they looked quite happy; God had kept them safe from the coming waters and they knew God would continue to be with them. They had nothing to fear because they knew God was with them. We then went on to talk about the rain stopping and how Noah became excited that they would soon be able to get off the ark. Noah decided to send a dove to look for dry land. I printed the dove pictured below, attached it to an icy-pole / popsicle stick and demonstrates the its flight in search of dry land. I asked some kiddos to help the dove fly all around the classroom in search of some land. All it found was a small little olive tree and it broke a leaf off from it, then flew with the leaf back to Noah, who was waiting on the ark. Noah knew that it wouldn’t be long until the ground would be dry enough for them. So, some days later, Noah sent the dove out again, and this time, it didn’t return; Noah knew this meant that he had found dry land! It was time to get off the boat and everyone was so excited! Noah and his family were thankful that God had kept them safe and Noah built an altar and praised God. We explained to our little dears what an altar looked like and that it was a way to say... read more

Sunday School Noah Gets Ready to Board the Ark

Sunday School Lesson 10: Noah Gets Ready to board the Ark This is the second of three lessons about Noah. You can view the first lesson in the series here! We started the lesson by asking, “What did God tell Noah to do?” This got our kiddos thinking about what we had learnt last week and, sure enough, they remembered that God had told Noah that He will send a great flood over the world and that Noah needs to build an ark to save himself, his family and many animals. We talked about how some of Noah’s friends and neighbours teased him and thought he was very silly for building such a big boat. However, Noah didn’t listen to them and continued to trust in God; Noah knew it was much more important to listen to God than to listen to what people say. That is why he didn’t let the words of his neighbours and friends upset him and he continued to build the ark. We emphasised how important it is to always trust God, even when the people around us think we are silly. When the ark was finally finished, Noah and his family hard to prepare for the many days that they were going to spend inside. We related Noah’s journey inside the ark to a long car trip. When you leave home to go somewhere for a long time, you need to get ready: you pack some food, clothes, toothbrush, hairbrush and other things necessary for the journey. In the same way, Noah had to get things ready for him and his family. He had to pack clothes, plates, things to cook food in, such as pots and pans, and plenty of food for him and his family. We placed pictures of the different things Noah might have needed on the whiteboard and discussed why he needed those things. Our dear loved calling out of turn, “I have that at home!” Bless their hearts 🙂 Because there were going to be many animals on the ark, Noah had to gather the different types of food each animal ate. We gave each child a picture of an animal and we placed a food item on the board. The child who had the picture of the animal who ate that food had to come to the board and place it next to to food. The kids had a lot of fun with this activity. Once Noah had finished getting everything... read more

Sunday School Noah Builds An Ark

Sunday School: Noah Builds and Ark Welcome to our 9th Sunday School lesson. I have teamed with my teaching partner, Naomi, to bring you the remaining Sunday School preschool lessons. We decided to teach the story of Noah over the course of three weeks. For the first week, we focused on Noah building building the great, big ark! To begin, we recapped what we have done previously explaining how Adam and Eve disobeyed God and how they had to leave the garden. After they had left the garden many people had been born and one of those people was named Noah. We read the story Noah’s Ark. After reading the story, we further explained some important information. Many of the children were familiar with the story of Noah and this was a good way of adding to their knowledge and exploring what certain things meant. We spoke what it meant for Noah to be righteous. What kind of things did he do? He must have prayed because we know that is what good people who love God do. But more importantly, he loved God more than anything and tried to do what was right. It was for this reason that God wanted to save Noah and his family. We used the images below to retell the story and add extra information to what they children already knew. We spoke about the dimensions of the ark. This was a bit difficult for our younger children to understand, but they did gasp in awe when we said it was MUCH taller and wider than our church! Not that our church is all that big 😉 We also talked about the attitude that Noah’s friends had. They were not helpful at all and, instead, teased Noah and discouraged him from building the ark. However, Noah decided it was more important to listen to God than his friends. We paused here for a moment and talked about some real life situations where the people around us can discourage us from doing we know is right. To make the lesson more engaging and interactive, we printed some pictures of the tools that Noah needed to build the ark. We gave each child their own set of tools and we pretended to help him build the ark. The children loved getting involved with the cutting of wood, hammering in pretend nails and then painting the ark with pitch (which is a very thick paint that stopped the water from entering into the... read more

Sunday School Adam and Eve

Sunday School Adam and Eve This week, we started our lesson by talking about rules. We all agreed that, at times, rules are annoying because we can’t do what we want, but, they help to keep us and others safe. We went through our Sunday School rules and talked about how each one keeps us or others safe and what the natural consequences would be if we broke a specific rule as well as the punishment that might be dished out by teachers if one continues to break the rules. We didn’t get to play our “Obey the Signs” game as we left it until the end of the lesson and ran out of time! (Note for next year: play a short game at the START of lesson!) However, it is a fantastic game for helping kiddos to understand the importance of obeying rules. To play this game, have children line up in front of you. Stand on the opposite side of the room and call out, “Go!” or “Stop!” When you say GO, the children move towards you. When you say STOP, they must stop. The first child to reach you wins. A child must go back to the starting point if they continue to move forward once you’ve called “Stop!” (You could also play this as a “Musical Statues” game, substituting the music for the signs.) Once the game is finished, ask the children some questions, such as: How can you tell who wins? Quite evidently, the person who followed the rules AND got to the teacher first. What are the consequences of not playing by the rules? Going back to the starting point and possibly giving up your chances of winning! We then talked about the man God had created – Adam. God made a beautiful garden for Adam called Eden and his job was to look after the plants and animals. However, Adam felt lonely because he didn’t have a friend. So God, made a woman and Adam named her Eve! She was the perfect friend for Adam. They both lived in the beautiful garden and were very happy. God told them to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden EXCEPT the one that was in the middle of the garden. God gave them a rule. To help with the retelling of what happened in the garden, I made a a story box. The clip art I used is available for purchase from Kari Bolt’s store. I asked my kiddos what they thought: would Adam and Eve listen to... read more

Sunday School Creation: Man and Day of Rest

Sunday School Creation: Days 6 & 7 – Creation of Man and the Day of Rest This week, we summarised all the God had created. Since we hadn’t talked about the creation of the first man, Adam, the previous week, we talked about him now. I had planned to take in some play dough and show my kiddos how God formed Adam ever so carefully, but I don’t know how it happened that I didn’t end up taking any to class with me. Oh well. So, we had to use our imaginations and imagined how God formed Adam from the dust and then breathed life into him. It was not nearly as fun as the play dough, but my little dears went along with it! We also read from our Creation story book to find out what God did on Day 7.   We spent a good few minutes talking about God’s rest. We decided that God did not necessarily sleep on Day 7. Most likely, God rested from creating and spent time admiring His creation. I asked my kiddos what they usually do after they have made something really cool with Lego, or have done an awesome craft. Do they just keep on making things out of Lego, or keep crafting, or do they take a break to admire their work… and, perhaps, even play with their creations? Well, after God created Adam, God wanted to talk to Adam. He was, after all, the most magnificent of all God’s creations. My kiddos could totally relate to that one 😉 Next, inspired by Hands Bible Teacher’s post, I introduced the Creation Week sensory mini tub pack I made for my dears. I filled each mini tub with something to represent what was created on each day. I also made a Days of Creation printable that I put on the bottom of each tub. Needless to say, this was the highlight of the day and the kiddos ALL wanted to have a turn ordering the tubs. And we also played a matching game, which the younger kids enjoyed a great deal. (The pictures below are on the reverse-side of the numbers pictured above.) We coloured an Adam puppet to remind us that, on Day 6, God also created the first man and then the next day, on God’s day of rest, God talked to Adam. Once the children had finished their craft, we also played a sorting game to show the things what were created by God and the things that were created... read more

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