Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lesson 19: Jonah and the Big Fish

Supplies:
Bible (pg 268-269)
Paper Jonah
Paper Boat
Paper fish

Create props to act out the story as you tell it:



The boat has a piece of card stock glued around the bottom and edges so Jonah can slip inside.



The fish is made of two fish papers glued around the edges except the mouth so Jonah can slip inside.


Once there was a man named Jonah (hold up paper Jonah). God gave him a hard job to do. God said, "Jonah, I want you to go to a big city far away. Talk to the people who live there. Tell them that they are very bad people. They are doing things that make me angry. Tell them I'm going to destroy their city if they don't stop."

Jonah thought and thought. He didn't want to go and talk to the bad people. He didn't want to obey God. Jonah thought, "I will hide from God! Then I won't have to obey Him." So Jonah hid on a ship (put paper Jonah in the boat). The ship was ready to sail far away. Jonah thought, "God will never find my hiding spot". 

But God DID see Jonah. God knew Jonah wasn't obeying Him. So God sent a very bad storm (show pic in Bible). Everyone was afraid! Jonah went to the people on the ship. He said, "this storm is my fault. If you throw me into the water, the storm will stop. Then you will be safe."

So the people threw Jonah into the water (take Jonah out of the boat). And then the storm stopped! Do you think Jonah drowned? No! God was taking care of Jonah. God sent a BIG fish to swallow Jonah so he wouldn't drown (put Jonah in fish). While Jonah was inside the fish, he prayed to God. He said, "God, I'm sorry I didn't obey you. I'm sorry I tried to hide from you. I will do that job. I will go tell the people in the bad city about you. I will obey."

Jonah was inside the fish for three days. Then the fish spit Jonah out on land (take Jonah out of the fish). What do you think Jonah did? Jonah obeyed. He went and told the bad people that God wanted them to be good. And all the bad people told God they were sorry. They wanted to obey God too! God heard them and was happy. He decided not to destroy their city.

Jonah learned that you can never hide from God. God sees us always. God wants us to do what He tells us to do. He wants us to obey Him always.

Craft Ideas: 
Jonah and the Big Fish Craft #1
Jonah and the Big Fish Craft #2
Jonah and the Big Fish Craft #3
Jonah and the Big Fish Craft #4
Jonah and the Big Fish Coloring Page #1
Jonah and the Big Fish Coloring Page #2

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 18: Elisha and Naaman

Supplies:
Bible (pg 205)
Red garage sale stickers

Once there was a man named Naaman. Naaman had big sores all over his arms and legs and feet (stick stickers all over your arms and legs and feet)


The sores hurt Naaman. Nobody knew how to make his skin feel better. Naaman was a very important man. He was a very rich soldier. But he was not happy. He could not find a way to make his skin stop hurting. 

One day Naaman's friend told him something. She told Naaman to see God's helper, Elisha. Naaman's friend said, "Go see Elisha. Elisha will help you get better. God will tell him what to do.

Naaman thought he would have to pay Elisha to make him better. He took lots and lots of money with him. He also took nice clothes to give to Elisha. But Elisha didn't want his money or his clothes. Elisha said, "if you want to feel better, go to the river. Get in the water and dip down into it seven times."

Naaman was angry. He thought, "I don't want to take a bath in that dirty, muddy river water. I'm too rich and important for that." But Naaman's friends told him to do what Elisha said. Naaman was still angry. But he didn't know a different way to get rid of the sores. He walked to the river. He started to dip, up and down. He went up and down seven times in the water (take off the stickers). He looked at his skin. It was all better! God did it. Elisha was right. All the sores were gone! (Show pic in Bible)

Naaman jumped up and down shouting, "I'm better! I'm better!" He was so happy he ran to thank Elisha. Naaman tried to give some beautiful gifts to Elisha. Elisha would not take them. Elisha said, "God made you better, not me. Go thank God that He took care of you." And Naaman did. God healed Naaman. God takes care of us too!

Craft ideas:
Cup and Puppet Craft
Pop Up Puppets 
 Naaman in the River Craft
Naaman Coloring Page 

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 17: Elisha and the Widow's Oil

Supplies:
Bible (pg 200) 
Dixie cups

Once there were two little boys who lived with their mom. The boy's father had died. The boys' mom was very sad. She did not have any money. She did not have a job. But she did have two very hungry little boys! Everything was going wrong. How could she find food for two hungry little boys and herself?

But she knew what to do. There was a man named Elisha. Elisha was God's friend. She knew he could help her! "Elisha, what can I do?" The woman asked. "How can I feed myself and my two boys? How can I get some money?" Elisha asked, "what do you have in your house right now?" The woman said, "I have nothing in my house. All I have is a little jar of oil (hold up a dixie cup).

That was enough for Elisha. And that was enough for God! Elisha told the woman what to do. "Go home and get as many jars as you can. Get jars from your friends. Get jars from your neighbors" (Set up dixie cups). Then pour your little jar of oil into ALL the jars.



The hungry woman looked at her little jar of oil. There would never be enough to fill all the jars! But she believed God would help her. She did just what Elisha told her to do. She and her two boys went everywhere asking for jars.

Then the woman started to pour oil into a jar (pretend to pour oil into the dixie cups). Then another. Then another. It poured until all the jars were full! Jars of oil were standing all over the house (show pic in Bible) God kept that little jar of oil pouring! The woman and her boys were so happy!

Now they could bring the oil to the store and get money. Then they could use the money to buy food. God was taking care of them. God takes care of us too!

Craft Ideas:
"God Takes Care of Me" Jar of Oil Craft
Widow's Oil Coloring Pages

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lesson 16: David and Jonathan

Supplies:
Bible (Pg 142-144)

Remember David who killed the giant Goliath? There was a king who ruled the land where David lived. The king was named Saul. He had a son named Jonathan. David and Jonathan were good friends.

The people of the land were very happy that David killed Goliath. They said, "thank you, David! Thank you for killing the bad giant!" Everybody loved David. That made the king jealous. He was very angry at David. One day the king tried to kill David. He threw a spear at David. He missed.

David and Jonathan promised to be good friends forever. David was a good man. He was a great leader in Saul's army. He was going to marry King Saul's daughter. The king was so angry that he decided to kill David.

Jonathan was Saul's son. Jonathan told David that his father, the king, was going to kill him. So David and Jonathan made a plan. David found a hiding place. Jonathan went to the palace to see if it was safe for David to come out. Jonathan would come back with a secret message for David.

If he shot three arrows in one direction, it was safe for David to come out. But Jonathan shot his arrows in a different direction. David knew that he was not safe.

David and Jonathan were sad. They knew that David had to leave the land so he wouldn't be killed. David and Jonathan thanked God that they were friends. God took care of David by giving him a friend like Jonathan. Jonathan saved David's life. 

David and Jonathan were good friends. How can we be good friends? (Share, be nice/polite, be big helpers, love each other, play nice together, etc.)

Craft Ideas:
Paper Friendship Bracelets 
Bead Friendship Bracelets 

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 15: David and Goliath

Supplies:
Stick people
5 stones
Bible (pg 140-141)

Do you remember David? God helped him kill the lion and the bear to save his sheep. After that, God gave him an even BIGGER job. It was harder and scarier. Do you think God helped David?

Once there was a big, bad giant named Goliath (hold up stick Goliath). 


Goliath didn't love God. But he was so big and strong that he thought he could do anything. Every day Goliath walked to the place where God's people lived. Every day he yelled at them. He said, "SEND SOMEONE OVER HERE TO FIGHT ME. IF I WIN, ALL OF YOU WILL HAVE TO BE MY SLAVES. IF YOU WIN, WE WILL BE YOUR SLAVES. WHO WILL FIGHT ME???

God's people were very afraid of Goliath. Nobody wanted to fight him. Nobody except David (hold up stick David). David was very young and small and not very strong. But he was not afraid. He knew that God was taking care of him. He told the king that he would fight the giant. The king just laughed. He said, "David, you are just a boy. You are too small to fight Goliath. He will kill you!"

But David was not afraid. He said, "Do not worry, king. God will take care of me. God helped me kill the lion and the bear. He will help me fight this giant!" The king was still worried. But he said, "Okay David. You go fight Goliath."

David found 5 stones (show stones). He took out his sling and prayed to God. Then David went out to meet Goliath (hold up stick David and Goliath). Goliath was HUGE and David was so small! When Goliath saw David coming, he laughed. He said, "You are sending a boy to fight me? No boy will ever beat me. I will kill him!" (show picture in Bible)

David was not afraid. He just took one stone and put it in his sling. He swung it and the stone flew through the air. It hit Goliath right between the eyes. Goliath fell to the ground (make stick Goliath fall). God helped David again! David killed Goliath with just one little stone!

God can help us do big things too. We can always trust that He will take care of us.

Craft Ideas:
"The Battle is the Lord's Wall Hanging Craft
David's Stones Craft
David and Goliath Coloring Page

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lesson 14: David the Shepherd Boy

Supplies:
David and fuzzy sheep illustration
Stuffed bear and stuffed lion

Once there was a young boy named David. He had a very important job to do. Every day, David went out into the fields to take care of his father's sheep. It was a big job! (Hold up sheep illustration)



David liked taking care of the sheep. He liked being outside in the fields. He spent a lot of time talking to God. David loved God very much. God loved David, too. David talked to God every day. And he asked God to take care of him and his sheep. 

One day, David saw a lion (hold up stuffed lion).



The lion was trying to catch one of the sheep! David knew the sheep needed help. He prayed that God would help him take care of the sheep. Then David ran right up to the lion and killed it! David said, "thank you God, for helping me kill that big lion!" 

Then one day another big animal came out of the hills. It was a bear! (hold up stuffed bear). David jumped up. He knew that God was taking care of him. He ran to the bear and killed it! David knew his sheep were safe now. He said, "thank you God for taking care of me and my sheep!"

God wants us to talk to Him like David did. We can thank Him for His beautiful world and ask Him to take care of us. David knew that God was taking care of Him. We can know that too!

Craft ideas:
Paper Plate Sheep
David Plays the Harp (Sings to God) Coloring Page
David Watches the Sheep Coloring Page

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 13: Samuel and Eli

Supplies:
Bible (pg 124-127)
Paper people
Felt/paper beds
Plastic echo microphone for God's voice

Once there was a lady named Hannah. Hannah was a friend of God. She prayed to God every day. She told God all the things she thought about. She told Him about all the things she wanted, too. More than anything else in the whole wide world, Hannah wanted a baby. Hannah didn't have any children at all. That made her very sad. She told God, "I want a child so badly! If you give me a child, I promise that I will give him back to you. He will serve you his whole life."

Much later, God DID give Hannah a baby! A baby boy. His name was Samuel. Hannah loved Samuel very much. She kept her promise to God. When Samuel was old enough to feed and dress himself, she took him to the temple where he would learn to serve God (show picture in Bible)



Samuel lived in the temple and helped a priest named Eli do his work (show paper people). Eli taught Samuel how to serve God. Samuel loved God. One night, God decided to talk to Samuel. Samuel and Eli were both asleep (put paper people in their felt beds). Suddenly, a voice said "Samuel, Samuel!" (use microphone to make a loud voice). Samuel woke up and ran to Eli (act out running back and forth from bed with the paper people). "Here I am,  Eli", Samuel said, "What do you need?" Eli said, "I didn't call you. Go back to bed." Samuel went back to bed. "Samuel, Samuel!" the voice said again. Samuel jumped out of bed and ran to Eli. "You called me again." "I did not call you." Eli said. "Go back to bed." Samuel went back to bed again. "Samuel, Samuel!" the voice said again. Samuel ran back to Eli. "You called me again. what do you need?" Eli said, "I know who is calling you. GOD is calling you. When you hear the voice again, tell God that you are listening carefully." Samuel went back to bed and listened. God said, "Samuel, Samuel!" Samuel said, "Yes God, I am listening."

God talked to Samuel and told him some very important things. Whenever God talked after that, Samuel listened carefully to every word God said.

Hannah talked to God and told Him what she wanted and needed, and God listened. God talked to Samuel and Samuel listened.  It's important that we talk to God through prayer like Hannah did. God always listens when we talk to Him. It's also important that we listen to God when He talks to us. God may not talk to us like He talked to Samuel, but He DOES talk to us through the Bible. We need to learn what the Bible says so we can listen to everything God wants to tell us.

Craft Ideas:
"I Will Listen When God Speaks to Me" Craft
Samuel Coloring Page
Samuel Coloring Page #2

 The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lesson 12: The Wall of Jericho

Supplies:
Jericho illustration
Bible (pg 96-97)
Plastic echo microphone for trumpet
Blocks (optional)

God's people were walking to a new land. God promised them a wonderful new land to live in. But when God's people got to the new land, they found a big city (show Jericho illustration).


 

The city was called Jericho. There were big, thick, strong walls all around the city. The people who lived in Jericho did not love God. They did not obey God. God wanted His people to have the city of Jericho. How could God's people get through the big strong walls?

God's people did not know what to do. But God knew what to do. God asked a man named Joshua to be the leader. And God told Joshua a wonderful plan to knock down the walls!

God said, "Joshua, I want you to go to Jericho and walk around the city. Walk around the city every day for 6 days. On the 7th day, walk around the city 7 times. Blow your trumpets as you walk. If you obey me, I will make those big walls come crashing down.

Joshua did not understand how the walls could fall down just by walking and blowing trumpets. But Joshua obeyed God. Every day he led God's people around the city of Jericho. On the 7th day, they walked around the city 7 times. They blew their trumpets extra loud (use microphone to make a trumpet sound). The thick, hard, strong walls fell down! (Show picture in Bible). God tore down the big walls so His people could have the city. God's people were very happy! They obeyed Him even when they didn't understand. God's people said, "thank you God, for helping us and taking care of us."

 Pray: Thank God for always taking care of us, and ask Him to help us obey Him even when we don't understand, because He knows best!

Optional activity: Have the kids build a big "city" with blocks.

 


 

Have them march around the block city 7 times. Blow the trumpet. Let them knock it down.







 

Craft ideas:

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 11: The 10 Commandments

Supplies:
Stone Tablet illustrations

  On 2 pieces of gray cardstock, I printed the 10 commandments along with a preschool age definition. Show the kids the stone tablet illustration while you tell them the story:


God loved His people. He wanted them to be happy. He told Moses to climb a big mountain. Moses climbed the mountain and talked to God there. God gave Moses 10 rules for His people to obey. The rules were to protect His people.


 (Have the kids help count on their fingers while you read: "rule #1, rule #2, rule #3, etc.)

1) Do not worship other gods. The people in Egypt worshiped lots of gods. They prayed to these gods. They prayed to sun gods and rain gods and animal gods and all kinds of gods. But there is only one true God, the God in the Bible. And God says, "Only worship me. Only pray to me."
2) Do not make idols to worship. The people in Egypt also made statues out of wood and stone to worship. They prayed to these statues too. But God says, "Only worship me. Only pray to me."
3) Do not use God's name in a bad way. God's name is special. Nobody should say God's name unless it is out of respect.
4) Remember the Sabbath day. The people were suppose to work for 6 days a week, and then use the 7th day to rest and learn about God. We take time to learn about God every Sunday at church and we relax on that day, too.
5) Respect your parents. God put parents in charge of their children. Children need to show God that they love Him by respecting their parents.
6) Do not murder. It is wrong to kill. God wants us to love people, not hurt them.
7) Do not commit adultery. God's plan is for husbands and wives to only belong to each other as long as they live. God wants married people to be faithful to each other.
8) Do not steal. God says don't take things that don't belong to us. It is wrong to take things that belong to other people.
9) Do not lie. God wants us to always tell the truth. Lying is wrong.
10) Do not covet. To covet means to want something really bad that belongs to someone else. God wants us to be happy with what we have. If someone else has something nice, we should be happy for them. 

God wants us to follow these rules too. When we disobey God, it makes us very sad and it makes our lives harder. When we obey Him, it makes us happy and it makes God happy too and He blesses us. We need to remember to always obey God's rules.

Craft ideas:
10 Commandment Handprint Craft
10 Commandment Strips of Paper Craft
Moses and the 10 Commandments Coloring Page

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 10: God Provides in the Wilderness (Moses and the Israelites)

Supplies:
4 provision cards


Do you remember how God's people escaped from the bad king? God parted the sea so His people could cross it. Then He closed the sea again so the king and his soldiers could not follow. God promised His people that He would take care of them. He also promised to lead them to a wonderful new land to live in. How did God's people know where God wanted them to go?

(show cloud card...the story is written on the back of the cards)

  
The land that God promised His people was very far way. They walked for days and days. During the day, God put a big cloud in front of them. The cloud was for them to follow so they knew the way to go. (show fire card)


At night God gave them fire. The fire was so they could see during the night. They walked in the day and in the night. The cloud was always there for God's people in the day. The fire was always there for them at night (show manna card).


The people got very tired and very, very hungry. They kept asking Moses, "when will we get there?" they said, "we're so hungry! When will we get food?" Moses told them God would send food. The next morning, God sent food! Outside, the ground was covered with food! It was white like bread and tasted sweet like sugar. They gathered the food and ate it. They called it "manna". Every day God gave them manna to eat (show water card).


  The people also got very thirsty. It was very hot and they walked and walked. The people asked Moses, "when will we find water? We're so thirsty!" Moses looked around. He could not find water. All he could see was a big rock. He prayed and asked God to give His people water. God told Moses, "take your stick and hit the rock." Moses obeyed God. He hit the rock with his stick. Then fresh, clean water came out of the rock! Everyone drank the water until they were full. God took good care of His people.

Craft ideas: 

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lesson 9: The Parting of the Red Sea

Supplies:

Bible (pg 66-67)
Parting of the Red Sea Illustration


Do you remember how God saved his people from the bad king? Moses and God's people left Egypt and started walking (show picture in Bible). They walked and walked and walked. They stopped to eat and sleep. Then they walked some more.

Then the people saw a big cloud of dust behind them! They heard horses and men running. Who do you think was chasing them? It was the bad king and his soldiers! The king changed his mind. He decided not to let God's people go. Now he was chasing them!

God's people did not know what to do! Right in front of them was a big sea (show Red Sea illustration...this illustration is sandpaper on the bottom and 2 pieces of cardstock on the top. The cardstock meets in the middle and can fold up and down).


 The sea was too big to swim across. The king and his soldiers were getting closer. God's people were scared! 

Moses prayed to God. God told him what to do. Moses walked up to the sea. He held his hand over the water. God pulled the water back (open Red Sea illustration).

 
He made two big walls so the people could walk right through! There was a dry path right through the sea!

All of God's people walked right to the other side of the sea. But the king and his soldiers were still coming! Do you think the king caught God's people? No! God threw the walls of water down on all the king's soldiers (close water on the illustration). The water covered them and stopped them from chasing God's people!

Now God's people knew that they were safe. They sang. They danced. They played music. And they said thank you to God. God took very good care of them!


Craft ideas:

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lesson 8: Moses and the 10 Plagues

Supplies:
10 Plague Props
 
Moses went to the bad king and told him that God said "Let my people go!" but the bad king would not listen to God. He wanted to keep hurting the people who loved God. So God turned all the water to blood (use a bottle of clean water and then put one drop of food coloring in it so the kids can see it turn "bloody") so the king and all the king's bad people could not drink water or take baths or go swimming.
 
   
Moses told the king that God said "Let my people go!" but the king would not listen to God (show frogs).

 
So God sent lots and lots of frogs to jump around outside and inside, all over the bad people and in the bad king's house and in his bed and EVERYWHERE. But the king still did not want to obey God (show insect).


So God sent icky bugs to swarm around all over the bad people and the bad king, inside and outside of their houses. But the bad king still did not want to obey God. He wanted to keep hurting the people who loved God (show "sick" animals).
 

So God made all the bad king's animals sick and all the bad people's animals sick. But the bad king still did not want to obey God (start sticking red garage sale stickers all over the kids).


 
 So God put ouchies all over the bad people's skin and the bad king's skin. The king STILL would not listen to God (show painted rocks).

 
So God sent a big hail storm to rain down on the bad king and the bad people. Moses told the bad king that God said "Let my people go!" but the king wanted to keep hurting God's people. He did not want to obey God (show grasshopper/locust).


So God sent icky locusts to come and eat all the bad people's food and all the king's food. But the bad king STILL would not obey God.

   
So God made it so everything was dark. (Ask the kids to close their eyes). The bad king and the bad people had to live in the dark all day and all night. But the bad king STILL would not obey God (pull out "person").

 
Moses told the people, "God said to put lamb's blood on the doorway of your houses to keep your family safe. If you don't listen to God, your firstborn boys will die". The people who loved God listened to God, and He kept their families safe. But the king and the people who did not love God did not obey God, and their firstborn boys all died (lay person in bed).
 
 
 The king's boy died too. He was very sad. He decided to listen to God. He obeyed God and stopped hurting God's people. All of God's people were so happy that God took care of them. They ran away from the bad king and God kept them safe.
 
Craft ideas:
 
The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 7: Moses and the Burning Bush

Supplies:
Burning Bush Illustration

Do you remember baby Moses? God saved baby Moses from the bad king. The princess found the baby in a basket in the river. Then she paid Moses' mom to take care of him. When Moses was a little older, he went to live with the princess at the palace. Moses saw the king treat people who loved God very badly. It made him sad. One day Moses decided to run away. He found a job taking care of the sheep (show illustration).


One day while Moses was watching the sheep, he saw a bush that was on fire! He walked closer. Then he heard a voice coming from the bush. "Moses," the voice said, "you are standing on very special ground. I am God and I am speaking to you!" Moses fell to his knees. God was talking to him! God said, "Moses, I want you to go to Egypt, back to the land of the king. I want you to bring all of my people away from the king. He treats them so very badly!"

Moses did not want to go back to Egypt. He tried to tell God no. "Please not me, Lord." Moses said. "I'm not the right man to do such a big job! I'm only good at little jobs like taking care of sheep." But God said, "Moses, you must go. I will help you do this big job." Moses still did not want to go. He said, "The people will ask me so many questions, Lord. I won't know how to answer those questions." Then God said, "Moses, you MUST go! I will help you answer those question." Moses said, "Lord, please send someone else!" But God said, "Moses, you MUST go! You MUST obey me. I will help you do this job, but you MUST obey!"

Finally Moses knew that he had to obey God and go to Egypt. He knew that he didn't have to be afraid because God would take care of him. Sometimes it's hard to obey God. Sometimes God asks us to do something really big. But God always helps us. He always takes care of us when we obey Him.

Craft ideas:
Tissue Paper Burning Bush
Coloring Pages

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.


Lesson 6: Baby Moses

Supplies:
Bible (pg 58-59)
Baby Moses Illustration
River and bull rushes Illustration


Once there was a baby named Moses (show Moses illustration).


 Moses' mommy loved him very much. She also loved God very much. And the bad king who ruled the land decided that he was going to hurt all the baby boys whose parents loved God. Moses' mommy was scared, so she put baby Moses in a basket and let him float down the river to hide from the king. (Put baby in the slit in the basket).


God was taking care of baby Moses. The princess found him and loved him and wanted to find someone to take care of him (show picture in the Bible). She gave the baby back to his mommy and made sure the king didn't hurt him. He was safe because God loved Moses and his mommy.

End with a prayer thanking God for taking care of us.

Craft ideas: 
Handprint Bull Rushes and Baby Moses 
Baby Moses in his Basket Craft 
Baby Moses Craft Printable 
Baby Moses Coloring Pages 

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 5: Joseph

Supplies:
Bible (pg 46-51)
Paper people


Once there was a boy named Joseph (hold up paper Joseph).


Joseph had a big family. Guess how many brothers Joseph had? He had eleven! But out of all his brothers, Joseph's father loved Joseph the most. He even bought Joseph a beautiful new coat (put paper coat on Joseph)


Do you think this made Joseph's brothers happy? No! In fact, it made them really mad! So mad that they decided to get rid of Joseph. They grabbed him and tore off his new coat. (tear coat in half).


Then they threw him in a big well. His brothers were just going to leave him there to die. (show paper well).


 (This well is made from a black piece of cardstock slipped inside a clear page protector and cut in half. Slide paper Joseph in the page protector so the kids can watch him falling into the well.)


 God was taking care of Joseph. Instead of leaving Joseph to die in the well, his brothers decided to sell him to some people who were traveling to another city far, far away (show picture in Bible, page 46-47). The strangers brought Joseph to a rich man's house. (Show illustration)


Joseph worked for the rich man for a long time. He worked very hard and did a good job. Then more trouble came. Someone told a lie about Joseph. When the rich man heard the lie, he got so angry that he threw Joseph in jail! (Show picture in Bible, page 48). But even in the dark, lonely jail, God was taking care of Joseph.

The king of the land had a big problem. Nobody knew how to help him. Even the smartest people couldn't help the King. Then somebody remembered that Joseph was a very good helper. They told the king, and the king said, "yes, Joseph can help me.". And Joseph did! Joseph knew how to help the king because God told him how. The king was so happy that he gave Joseph a very important job (show picture in Bible, pages 50-51). He was in charge of all the food in the whole country! Now everybody knew Joseph. He was almost as important as the king. And it was all because God was taking care of Joseph.

Joseph was a very important man now. He worked hard and saved lots of food. Whenever people needed food they came to Joseph. One day some hungry travelers from far away came to Joseph. They were Joseph's brothers! The same boys who had been so mean to him. But they didn't know he was Joseph. They thought he was the king! They bowed to him and said, "can we please have some food? We're hungry!"

Do you think Joseph gave them food after they were so mean to him? He did! But he didn't tell them who he was. He just told them to come back soon and bring their little brother. The brothers went back home and took their little brother and they all traveled to see Joseph. Joseph was so glad to see his brothers that he couldn't keep the secret anymore. He said, "I am Joseph. Yes, I am the same brother you sold. But don't worry about that. God took care of me! Now go home and get our father so we can all be together! (Show illustration)


Joseph could have stayed mad at his brothers for being so mean to him. But he decided to forgive them and love them instead. That's what God wanted Joseph to do. That's what God wants us to do too. When people are mean to us, God will still take care of us. He wants us to forgive them and love them anyway. Just like Joseph did.

Craft ideas:

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 4: Abraham

Supplies:
Bible (pg 24)
Popsicle stick people

Abraham was God's friend. God loved Abraham and his wife Sarah. One day God told Abraham, "Leave your home! Pack up your tents. Gather all your animals. Call all your servants together. You are going to move. I am going to give you a new land and Sarah will have lots of children."

Abraham did not know why God wanted him to do such a hard thing. He loved where he lived. He loved his friends, too. He did not want to leave them. It would be very hard work to move. They would have to walk a long, long time to a place very far away. But Abrahama knew that obeying God was best. So he took his wife...(popsicle stick people) his servants...his sheep...his goats...his dogs...his camels...and they walked, and walked, and walked, and walked and walked and walked.




Finally they came to the land God promised to give to Abraham. The land was very beautiful (show picture in Bible). There were pretty green hills, lots of trees and green grass. God kept his promise and gave Abraham and his wife a wonderful new place to live. Later God gave them a new baby son named Isaac. It was a happy family. They were glad that they had obeyed God.


When Abraham and Noah obeyed God, God blessed them and took very good care of them. When we obey God, He blesses us too.

Craft ideas:
"Abraham Obeyed God" Coloring Page

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 3: Noah and the Flood

Supplies:
Bible (18-19)
Rocky boat page
Blue sequins (rain)
Prism

Adam and Eve had lots of children. Soon there were many, many people in the world that God made. But the people did not love God and they did not obey Him. God was sad that He had ever made His world. But there was one man who made God very happy. The man's name was Noah. Noah and his family loved God and obeyed Him. God told Noah, "I am going to stop all the bad things people are doing. I am going to send a flood to destroy the whole earth." But God promised to save Noah and his family so that they would be safe from the flood. He told Noah to build a BIG boat. Big enough to fit him and his family and two of every kind of animal.

Noah had to make a choice. He could choose to sin and disobey God like Adam and Eve, or he could choose to obey God. What do you think Noah should do?

Noah chose to obey God. It was very hard for him. Have you ever seen rain before? Well Noah had never seen rain before. God had never sent rain to the earth before. His friends thought he was crazy! They said, "What are you doing, Noah? Why are you building a boat? There's no water for a boat here. Stop building, that's hard work!" But Noah would not quit because he knew that obeying God was the best thing to do.

When Noah was done building the boat, it started to rain. Soon the whole earth was filled with water (show picture in Bible). The boat rocked back and forth (show rocky boat page)


   
(This boat rocks back and forth because there is a brad stuck on the boat under the water.)


and Noah and his family were safe inside with all the animals. It rained and rained and rained (sprinkle sequins). Noah was happy that he chose to obey God.

One day, it stopped raining. Soon the water dried up and Noah and his family and all the animals could leave the boat and walk on dry land. God promised Noah that He would never flood the earth again. He put a rainbow in the sky (show picture in Bible) to remind Noah of his promise. Have any of you ever seen a rainbow before? Rainbows can remind us that God always keeps his promises. (Take kids outside and show them the prism).



Craft ideas:
Edible Noah's Ark
Rainbow
Coloring Pages

The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

Lesson 2: The Garden and the Fall of Man

Supplies:
Bible (Pg 12-15)
Animal Pictures
Serpent puppet

Let's talk about how God created the earth! Can you remember some of the things He created? (Let the kids name some things from creation). God also made Adam and Eve! God loved Adam and Eve, so He created a special garden for them to live in (show picture in the Bible). The garden was full of beautiful trees with good fruit for Adam and Eve to eat. The garden was also full of all kinds of animals. It was Adam's job to name all the animals. (Show them animal pictures)


All of the animals in the garden were nice and friendly. Adam and Eve could take care of them and play with them without worrying about the animals hurting them. In fact, everything in the garden was good and safe. Adam and Eve were very happy. They even got to talk with God every day. God told them, "Enjoy my beautiful world. Take care of my plants and animals. Eat these good foods that I have given you." Adam and Eve could live in this wonderful garden and never be scared and never get hurt and never be hungry. All they had to do was follow one rule. God said, "you can eat fruit from any tree in the whole garden except one. It is a special tree. Do not eat fruit from this tree or you will die!".

One day, Eve was standing near that special tree. Then she saw a snake (pull out snake puppet).


The snake said to Eve, "did God tell you not to eat the good fruit on that tree?" Eve said, "That's right. We can eat from any tree in the whole garden except this one. He said if we eat it, we will die!" "That's not true," the snake said. "God knows that if you eat the fruit you will be as smart as Him, and that's why He doesn't want you to eat it."

Eve listened to the snake. She ate it and it tasted very good! She gave some to Adam, and he ate it too. After they ate it they were very sad because they did not do what God told them to do (show picture in Bible). God knew that they did not obey Him. God told them that because they did not obey His rule, they could not live in the garden anymore. They would have to work hard for their food, and in the end they would have to die.

Adam and Eve did not obey God. That's called sin. God still loved them after they sinned, but their lives would be much harder. God knows when we sin, too. He still loves us, but sin makes our lives harder. We need to always do what God wants us to do. God tells us what He wants us to do in the Bible. You can learn what God says in the Bible by listening to your teachers in Sunday School and listening when your parents talk to you about God. Someday when you learn to read, you can read the Bible for yourself to learn what God wants. It's very important that we always listen and obey God.

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  The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.