This week we are continuing our new series, Telling God’s Story.
We’re going to be talking about the life of Joseph together and seeing how God worked through his life - even the hardest parts - to bring about good. God has a way of bringing good out of really hard times, and he never leaves us - even when people let us down or hurt us - which is such an important message for our children to hear.
Story: Watch the video for this week. This story can be found in most Children’s Bibles. You can also find it in Scripture in Genesis 37, 39-50 - for children who are a bit older, this could be something to read together over a week or two at bedtime, asking questions as they come up and seeing what your child thinks.
Activity Using a bin liner, cut a head hole and arm holes. Encourage the children to use double sided sticky tape and coloured card / paper (or just regular paper they’ve coloured in) to create a multi coloured outfit to represent the one that Joseph’s father gave him. Perhaps you can model the bin liner and be decorated by your children!
Worship: You Are Good - put this on nice and loud and dance around the house!
Craft: Make a prison out of cardboard to film or record into – get children to hold it looking sad!
Craft: Use card and lolly sticks to make stick puppets of Joseph and his brothers (maybe just a few, 11 might be a bit much - unless your children want to make them all, in which case go for it! See if they can remember and write the name of each brother on their stick puppets!) Decorate them making Joseph look different with a multicoloured coat that his father gave to him. Can they film themselves using the stick puppets to retell the story?
Draw the Story
Divide a piece of paper into 8 sections and have a go at splitting up the story. Use images or words to plot the story of Joseph and his brothers into the story board.
Can you talk about a dream you’ve had recently?
What happened in Joseph’s dreams in the story?
How do you think Joseph felt in the story?
How did God use Joseph to save people?
When in your life do you feel happy? When do you feel sad?
Is God still there when we feel happy? Is he still there when we feel sad?
In the Bible, we see that Joseph told his brothers, ‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’ (Genesis 50:20) What do you think he meant by this?
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