Living a life of faith – Living like Ruth- serving others.

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 continue the series looking at Ruth-Living the Life of Faith through serving others.

Scripture:
Hebrews 11:1-7, Book of Ruth

Memory verses for this rotation:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

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.

Hebrews 11:6

 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10

Concepts:

1.Ruth is in the Old Testament. It was written about Ruth and her mother in Law Naomi. It tells about  Ruth’s faith in God as she served Naomi.

2. Ruth chose to follow God and she was blessed because of it.

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

Ruth1:16

3. When we live a life of faith in God we live a life serving others like  Ruth lived.

4. 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.

James 2:26

Nursery/Toddler Resources:

Lessons:

STORYTELLING

Read the story and have the children do the following motions:
Naomi: act like they are old
Ruth: smile
Boaz: put arms up as though you were showing your muscles.

Ruth story:Ruth-booklet

Activity: Bible Verse Memorization “Where you go I’ll go. Your God will be my God.” Ruth 1:16

Where you go: point to someone else I’ll go: point to yourself Your God will be: point to the ceiling My God: point to yourself Ruth 1: hold up 1 finger 16: hold up 10 fingers and then 6 fingers

Do this a few times with the children.  Make it fun for them to do the motions and say the words.  Involving them in active learning is essential for memorization at this age

BLOCK CENTER

Build a Road

Have children make a path with the blocks and pretend to walk from Moab to Judah playing follow the leader the way that ruth followed Naomi.

Coloring sheets:

Template

wheat

Crafts:

Games:

The Gleaning Game Scatter the paper squares all over the floor, mixing the colors well. Form 3 groups, and assign each group a color (red, blue or yellow). You may want to use a marker to mark the hands of each of the children to remind them what color they are.

“In this game, pretend you’re like Ruth, gathering pieces of wheat for your supper.  You can only gather the paper pieces of wheat that match your group’s color.  So if you’re in the red group, only gather the red wheat.  After you’ve gathered a handful, take them over to your team’s colored bag and put them in.  Are you ready?  Let’s go!”

Musical Parade

Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:

Tune: (Bingo)


Ruth’s Song

I’ll go where you go

I’ll go where you go

I’ll go where you go

Your God will be my God!

Start a parade singing this song while using the instruments.

5-12 Year Old Powerzone  Workshops

Storyteller’s Tent

Use scrapbooking to tell the story of Ruth.

Ruth scrapbook

Ruth family tree

Creation Station

Ruth and Naomi dot picture.

Use crayon, marker or colored pencils to fill areas on coloring sheet with dots to creat dot art. Cut out the picture and glue it to construction paper as a frame.

Ruth and Naomi picture

Here is an example of a dot picture

Spiderman-Dot-art-(Spiderman)

Powerzone Theater

Movie:

5-10 year olds Ruth Cartoon movie

11-12 year olds -Ruth Movie

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