Psalms 119.1 and Genesis 6, 7 and 8
PURPOSE OF THE LESSON
Teach children that we will be very happy if we live correctly according to the Word of God.
VERSE TO MEMORIZE
“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” (Psalms 119.1)
You will need a picture of you (current) and three copies of it. Start showing the picture and ask: Class, who is this person in the picture? (Wait for their participation). It’s me, and what about this person over here (show the copies)? It’s also me, but these ones are copies of the picture, right? The copies are identical but they are only copies, they are not original. Today we are going to tell a story about a man apparently like others from his generation but he behaved differently and this caught the eye of God. Let’s find out who this man was? Then pay attention.
A RIGHTEOUS MAN
THERE WAS a time when people lived according to their own will and they were far away from the presence of God. With that, violence and sin dominated those people and each day they were becoming more and more evil. God regretted making man and even thought of destroying everything. But God has found Noah, a righteous man, obedient and really faithful even living among those people. Noah received from God the mission of building an ark, that’s right, a big boat of three floors, doors and windows. Noah started to build the ark and after a long time it was ready exactly the way God wanted. So Noah, his wife, his three sons, his wives’ sons and two of each animal species went into the ark and God closed the door so no one could open it, neither inside or outside. And seven days after that, the flood began. The people who were outside the ark must have been frightened and desperate, right? Imagine them wanting to protect themselves and the waters of the rain dragging everything. However Noah and his family were safe. It rained for forty days without stopping. The rain stopped but Noah waited for the water to go down and when he came out of the ark he offered a sacrifice to God. Children, God was very pleased with Noah’s attitude and made a covenant with him saying that He would never destroy earth again. And he put a rainbow in the sky as a symbol of this covenant. God gave up on ending mankind when he saw that Noah was obedient to Him, And His obedience led him to save himself, his family and the animals. Noah and his family lived happy on the earth; they had children, multiplied and populated the earth again.
Through this story, Vivian taught her friends how to solve problems with each other, in other words, the way Jesus made it: with calm and goodness. If the person is acting rudely and is poorly educated, you can turn a simple problem to a big mess. It is written in the bible: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15.1)
Biblical Educator, take to the class a pair of high heels (doesn’t matter the size). Start by saying: Children, today I brought a shoe to show you (show it). I’m thinking about using it in a different way; invent a new fashion (Biblical Educator, put on only one shoe and walk through the room). What do you think? will It be good if I put on only one shoe? Will I walk correctly? (Wait for their participation). Of course not, right? For me to walk properly I need to put on both shoes (put the other shoe on and walk through the room again). What about now? (Wait for their participation). Now I’m walking correctly, no difficulties. If I left home with one shoe of each type I would walk differently and would catch the eye of the people on the streets, wouldn’t I? Observe that I can walk correctly when I’m wearing two high heels or without them (put your own shoes on and walk). We should walk in obedience (Biblical Educator, put your right foot in front) and with fear to God (Biblical Educator, put your left foot beside your right foot then put your left foot in front), No use to do some things that please God and grieve Him with others, but it will be as if we were walking with one foot of each shoe before God! Noah walked correctly, steered away from the wrong things and respected God, so he was very happy, he and his whole family. Make a prayer asking God to help the children (and yourself) to always walk correctly in the presence of God. After the prayer, ask the children to sit down and ask:
1. In your opinion, is it easy to walk correctly in the presence of God?
2. Was it easy for Noah to be obedient and correct among those people?
3. Do you think it is worth being obedient?
4. What would we do to live correctly with God?
5. Have you been an obedient child? If not, what is disturbing you?
Biblical Educator let the children express themselves and give the opportunity
for those who wish to talk. But control time not delaying other steps of your class.
At the end, use the poster of the week and memorize the verse.
ACTIVITIES OF THE WEEK (Make copies of the drawings from the Educator’s magazine)
SUNDAY-Painting and grooming. After those days of heavy rain, they all left the ark. Paint and glue little balls on the grass. (Page-8)
MONDAY-Game: I am... Biblical Educator, take to the class pictures of animals: dog, cat, horse, lion, turtle, rabbit, fish, bird & chickens. Biblical Educator, the number of pictures must be the same as the number of kids that go to your class. You can have more than one picture of the same animal. Put the pictures inside a colored cellophane bag. Start by saying:
God told Noah to put inside the ark, the big boat, two of each animal and now we are going to make a fun game. Who wants to play say “me”. Biblical Educator, call a child who will get a picture from the cellophane bag. Ask if he/she knows the name of the animal and then ask him/her to say: “Now I’m (the kid will say the name of the animal in the picture) and imitate it. In case he/she is embarrassed, imitate with the kid and all the class will also imitate. Continue this activity inviting the kids to get other pictures and proceed the same way.
WEDNESDAY-Painting time. For this activity you will need office paper, gouache (red, yellow and blue) and cotton wool. Start by saying: Little friends, we heard in today’s story that God promised Noah He would never pour rain on the earth that way again and put a beautiful and colorful rainbow in the sky as a sign of that promise. Now you will paint this paper (show them the office paper) with some colors of the rainbow, understand?
Biblical Educator, you distribute the paper, show the gouache and say the name of the colors. Continue by saying: First we will paint with red (put the cotton wool in the paint and give it to each child). Leave them to freely paint all over the paper the way they want to, and then repeat with the other colors. At the end, show them how the paper got colorful with the mixture
of the paints.
SUNDAY-Organizing the story. Paint, cut and glue in the correct order the scenes of today’s story. (Page-30)
MONDAY-Joining pairs. Biblical Educator, take to the class pictures or illustrations of animals (two pictures of each animal) and glue it on office paper (take the amount according to the number of children in your class). Choose a kid to distribute the pairs of pictures to the others. Tell the chosen kid to say the name of two participants. These two will show their pictures and if they are from the same animal, the chosen kid will receive these two pictures and switch places with the other kid. The two participants who gave the papers should sit down. In case the pictures are different, the chosen kid will leave the game and you will choose another to continue it. At the end, remember the story saying what got inside Noah’s ark a pair of each animal.
TUESDAY-Groom and memorize. Noah lived correctly. Paint the scene, glue cotton wool on his beard and memorize the verse. (Page-31)
WEDNESDAY-Completing the drawing. The flood lasted 40 days. Draw more drops in the clouds. (Page-32
THURSDAY-Game: Faithful to the teacher. Take to the class a radio and a gospel CD; arrange the class in a circle. Choose a kid and say: this kid will represent our Lord and everything he/she does, you will imitate. Put the CD on and ask the kid to make gestures for others to imitate. Change the teacher sometimes. Conclude by saying: We also should be faithful to our Lord Jesus; we should do everything He says and live correctly, just like Noah.
FRIDAY-Painting the scene. After the flood, God made a covenant with Noah. Paint the scene and glue glitter in the rainbow. (Page-33)
SATURDAY-Game: Care with the flood! For this game you will need a radio and a gospel CD. Ask the children to sit in a circle. Biblical Educator put the CD on (low volume). Meanwhile, children will clap their hands then you suddenly say: all children wearing snickers stay together; wait few seconds
and say: Flood! And all the kids should change places and clap hands again. Continue the game using other sentences: all kids with yellow t-shirt stay together; all girls stay together. Biblical Educator, you can create other sentences.
SUNDAY-Telling the story. Observe the scenes and describe the events of the story of the week. (Page-67)
MONDAY-Which is the letter? For this activity you can use: board, cardboard or brown paper. Draw on one of the options 69 squares, one for each letter of the verse:” Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD” (Psalms 119.1); the squares of each word should be together. Split the class in groups (by lines) and determine the order of
participation of the groups. Begin asking a kid from the first group to say a letter. If it is correct, write it inside the correspondent space. Continue the game in order. Biblical Educator, in each round choose a new representative for the groups. The group wins one point for each correct letter. The group having more points wins. Conclude the game memorizing and explaining the verse.
TUESDAY-Maze. God told Noah to build an ark. Take the pairs of animals to the ark. (Page-68)
WEDNESDAY-Let’s answer? Did you pay attention to the story? Now answer. (Page-69)
THURSDAY-Memory game. Biblical Educator, take to the class pictures or illustrations of animals (two pictures of each animal) and glue it on office paper (take the amount according to the number of children in your class).
Choose a kid to distribute the pairs of the pictures to the others. Tell the chosen kid to say the name of two participants. These two will show their pictures and if they are from the same animal, the chosen kid will
receive these two pictures and switch places with the other kid. The two participants who gave the papers should sit down. In case the pictures are different, the chosen kid will leave the game and you will choose another to continue it. At the end, remember the story saying that a pair of each animal got inside Noah’s ark..
FRIDAY-Word Search. Complete the Word search with the words from the story of the week. (Page 70)
SATURDAY-Grab and answer. Make a big newspaper ball and put it inside a colored cellophane bag and pass adhesive tape. Write questions related to the story and number them. Arrange the class in a circle and explain that, on your mark, they should throw the ball to a kid. This one will pick a number (1 to 10 if you wrote 10 questions) and answer the question. If the kid answers it right he/she will throw the ball and will continue in the game but that number cannot be picked again. If the kid misses then he/she goes out the circle and the related number is still valid; the ball will be thrown again.
Continue the activity until only one child remains or you’re out of questions. The activity gets funnier if the answers are given quickly.