Living a life of Faith-Genesis
Theme- Hebrews 11 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. It goes on to describe the lives of those who lived lives of faith in action. This theme of “Living a Life of Faith” will be continued throughout 2013 as we move through the books of the Bible teaching our children what faith in action means for their lives. We will start the series looking at the life of Noah.
Hebrews 11:1-7 Genesis 6-8, 9:1-17
Memory verses for this rotation:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
1.Genesis is the first book in the bible. It was written by Moses and tells the earliest history of God’s people beginning from creation. It tells the story of many people who lived the life of faith in God.
2. Jesus gave His life for us. He believed God’s plan for redemption. He is our example of living a life of faith.
3. God saved Noah because of his faithfulness and obedience to God.
4. When we live a life of faith in God we may have to do things that look foolish to others.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
1 Corinthians 1:25
5. We show our faith in the Lord by our actions.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Kid’s this age love hands on – read the story of Noah to them from a large picture book. Then pull out a boat and a pile of plastic animals. After reading the story act it out. Someone is in charge of the boat, others take a family member (Noah), other children take animals (they can hide this in their hand until it’s time for Noah to load the boat with two of each and he has to find the pairs and get them to board the boat. When your done – you do it again only the children get to pick something different this time. Add a rainbow, blue scarf for water, brown scraf for land, etc. Remember to have the kid’s make lots of noise for their animals.
Talk about building the boat, then have the children build an ark. Add stuffed animals and let them tell the story of Noah’s faith in God.
Balloon Animal Round up
- Split the children into 2 teams
- Each child gets a balloon – this is their animal to “round-up”
- Have the teams line up at one end of the classroom
- Show the children the finish line – this is the ark
- When you say, “Go”, the first child in each line must put their balloon on the ground, hit their balloon with their hand and get it past the finish line
- Then the child walks back to the their line and tags the next player
- The point of the game is to get all of the animals onto the ark
Animal Charades – Have the children take turns acting like different animals and having the rest of the children guess which animal they are.
Hear the story of Noah and his ark via a “visitor” from Bible times – Noah’s wife. The lesson focuses on learning the story as the children then help re-tell the story using pre-made signs. Use sound effects from Noah’s storytelling lesson video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQaE1paO_SA to tell the story from the point of view of Noah’s wife.
The Worrier and the Builder story telling script:
After hearing the story the children will receive signs showing: a hammer, pieces of wood, an ark, animals, food (sheaves of grain), rain clouds (with rain made from rip-stop nylon strips), wind clouds, a mountain, a dove, and a rainbow. Each child will tell the part of the story related to their sign.
In this workshop we want to help children understand that a life of faith takes perseverance. The first craft is for 5-8 year olds. They will build a picture of the arc using different materials. Review the lesson concepts and scriptures. Remind them that faith is an action. Noah’s action was to build the ark. As you go over the story from Genesis 6-9 remind the children how long it took Noah to build the ark and how he did not give up even when others made fun of him.
The craft for the 9-12 year olds is a rain stick. go over the same concepts with the 8-12 year olds. Add a reminder of how long it rained and what it must have been like living in a boat full of animals while it was raining. Talk about times when they may get tired of waiting for something that was promised. Ask the children to describe how Noah showed his faith in God’s promise while it was raining and after it stopped.
Ark Craft 5-8 year olds
Rainstick 9-12 year olds
5-7 Noah’s Ark Cartoon
8-12 The Bible- genesis excerpt
Children can perform a shadow puppet play of the story. Review concepts and verses for this rotation. Here is some background on using shadow puppets. www.hvanrossum.com/teachshadpup.html
Here is a skit for the narrator to read as children act out the parts either as puppets or in person. Emphasis the part where people laugh at Noah for having faith in God. See Sis Deborah for help with materials for puppets.