Sunday, June 12, 2011

God gives a message to Jeremiah

Theme: The Bible is God's Word

This lesson aims to teach children that the Bible is very special because it is God's word written down for us. Children have the opportunity to learn and think about how people over thousands of years have been careful to keep God's word safe, so that we can read it today.

Opening Activity: Tell children to find a special important message hidden somewhere for them in the room. Open the envelope to find a memory verse puzzle.

 Verse: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

Talk about the verse. What is God's word? What does it mean that God's word is a lamp and a light? What does a lamp help us do? (See in the dark) This verse tells us that without God's word it is like walking around in the dark. The Bible is like a light because it helps us to see how to live life, how to do what God wants us to do, and to learn about what God is like.

Story: Jeremiah 33:2-3
The prophet Jeremiah receives a message from God to write down on a scroll. (Show a scroll with today's verse on it, prepared as in the craft.)

Craft: Make a Bible scroll
sheet of paper, black tea water, pencils, paintbrushes

Children write out the Bible verse in pencil, carefully like a scribe. Paint around the verse with black tea to stain the paper and make it look old. (Optional: Teacher can take home the scrolls to burn around the edges). Once dried, roll up the scroll and tie a ribbon around it.

Game: Old Testament or New Testament?

Kids choose if a picture is from the Old Testament or the New Testament, and then place it on a time line of the Bible. This game helps kids see the bigger picture of how the Bible fits together. If you have older kids you can have them try to put characters in order.

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