Because we have a kitchen, I asked for the kids to be dismissed to the kitchen. Before we started, I asked them to tell me about Joseph. Most of them mentioned his coat of many colors. I told them that I wanted to tell them the whole story of Joseph, about how he was a picked on little brother who became a king…But it took a LONG time. Joseph had to be patient. Then we made peanut butter cookies. If you are in a church where there is no kitchen, you could still use this lesson with a no-bake cookie recipe. As I measured out and added each ingredient, I told them about something that happened in Joseph’s life. I also had them taste each ingredient. Some of them were sweet events, but some of them were bitter events, just like the ingredients. Then I said, “But God took them all and mixed them together, just like we are mixing these ingredients. But we don’t have cookies just because we mixed all these things up, do we? We have to wait awhile before we get to the best part. We have to be patient, just like Joseph had to be patient and wait for God to do what He thought was best. “ While the cookies were baking, we cleaned up and talked about all the things that happened to Joseph and that he had to wait a lot longer
then we did! Then we had our cookies!
Most of my kids were not familiar with Rahab. Only one child knew she helped protect the spies. So I told them about Rahab. I told them that this story happened after Moses died and Joshua became the leader of the Israelites. I explained that Joshua had sent spies out, then I read Joshua 2:2-13. I told the class that the spies told Rahab to have a red cord in the window and that everyone in the house would be safe during the battle. Then we acted out the story. I was Rahab, and all the kids were spies. I snuck them down the hall to an empty room, had them climb onto the “roof” (on top of a table), then I covered them with “flax” (a blanket). After I turned out the lights, I climbed up on the table too and we talked. I said what Rahab had said, then I had them climb one at a time into a basket, which I lowered to the floor. Remember, these are 1st – 3rd graders, so they weren’t too heavy. Then I sent them down the hall and tied a red cord on the doorknob. Then we played it again!!
Goodness: King Josiah
I started by asking who was eight. I asked them if they ever heard of an eight year old king before. Then I told them about Josiah.(2 Kings 22 & 23) We talked about how Josiah found out that his people were not doing what God wanted them to do, so he decided to do something about it. (Prior to this series we had done a series on the 10 commandments, so they were very familiar with the concept of idol worship). We decided it was good to do what God wants us to do, so Josiah must have had goodness in his heart. I told them that Josiah decided to smash all the idols in the kingdom, and that God was pleased with this. Then they made crowns for themselves. While they decorated the crowns, I stacked up some boxes. After the made the crowns, each one had the opportunity to be king Josiah and knock down all the idols. Which they did over and over!!
For this lesson, we started by talking about what faithfulness is. They didn’t think they knew. I explained that another way to describe faithfulness is with the word loyalty. I asked if they had a favorite cartoon they watched, or a favorite sports team. Of course they all did, so we discussed how loyalty and faithfulness are alike. Then we talked about Ruth and how faithful she was to her mother-in-law Naomi (Ruth chapter 1). After that, I asked them to tell me what friends do when they are faithful to each other. I wrote them all on a big sheet of paper, and at the bottom I wrote “God helps us be faithful friends”. Then I gave them each an instrument (I used triangles, tambourines,
rhythm sticks, etc.) Then we “sang” about faithfulness.
This seemed to be a natural tie-in to the previous lesson to me. We reviewed what we had talked about the week before. I told them that there was another person that was special to Ruth, and that was Boaz (Ruth chapter 2-4). I told them how Boaz noticed Ruth and that he told her pick grain from his field and even told his workers to leave some extra for her. He gave her a meal, and reminded his workers to be kind to her. I told them he could have been mean and stingy but instead he was gentle and kind, and that one day they got married. Then they colored and decorated a set of paper dolls I made, a bride and a groom. I made them paper chain style, so they were holding hands. Then I traced around them onto a piece of paper and made copies.
Self Control: David And King Saul
This was my most favorite lesson of all! We started by talking about what self-control is. I told them I had a hard time not eating too many potato chips, and sometimes I want to talk when it isn’t my turn. Then I asked them to tell me what they had a hard time with. I asked them if they remembered when we talked about David and Jonathon and how Jonathon’s dad, King Saul, hated David. I told how Saul chased David all over the place, and there came a time when David could have killed Saul and become king, but he didn’t. He had self control! Then we acted out the story. My son, who was a 5th grader, went into our “cave” (a table with a blanket over it. He had an old T-shirt of my husband’s on. He pretended not to notice the kids, and they each snuck in and cut a piece of the king’s “robe” (Make sure your helper has an old shirt on underneath too… my son’s shirt was cut as well). After everyone had a piece of the robe, they took a sharpie marker and wrote on their cloth the areas they needed self-control in. I told them these could be their prayer cloths, to keep them in a special place to remind them to ask God to help them have self control.
Copyright 2002 Cheryl Coffey
friends about this lesson. Invite them to visit
to the Sermons and Lessons page