This week we are continuing our new series, Telling God’s Story.
We’re going to be talking about the life of Noah together and learning that God can be trusted today. What might he be asking our children – and us – to do with our lives? Where might we be needing to trust him?
This is a colourful, memorable story, beloved by Children’s Bibles. But underneath that it’s a huge, challenging story about God’s justice and faithfulness and trustworthiness and so it might raise a lot of questions for your child. This is a really good thing.
Some children (and adults) will have questions about trust and obedience here. These words in the Christian life can sometimes get twisted to mean just unthinkingly doing whatever a human authority figure tells us to do, and that can cause a lot of hurt.
But trust in God and obedience to him is something different. It’s always grounded in what God has already done for us, in his promises, and so we can trust he is loving and good, and that his commands are too.
Your child may also have really important questions about God’s justice, and why only Noah and his family went onto the ark. You can be honest with your child that there aren’t easy answers here (though if you have one, I would love to hear it please!) But this is also a chance to talk about how God loves his world and his people, and hates evil and injustice. Perhaps as well you can discuss with your child; what would have happened if other people had spoken to Noah and realised he was right? What would have happened if people had decided to turn back to God before the Flood?
Especially though, this is a chance to point to the cross and the way that God has come in Christ to save us and forgive us.
GAME: Can you build a boat that floats, you could use paper or get creative! Use a bucket of water, or some water in the bath to see if you can get your boat to float. Here are some ideas, 1,2,3,4
Bible verse: Genesis 6: 22 “Noah did everything the Lord commanded.”
STORY: You can find today’s story in Genesis 6-8. There are versions of this in most Children’s Bibles as well. The Jesus Storybook Bible has a really interesting way of telling the story that I’ve been finding helpful for reading with Jude at home (and have found helpful for me as well!)
Father You are King of Heaven is a great fun song about trusting God and depending on him rather than trying to work out or fix everything on our own.
Trust and Obey is a more reflective song that encourages us to follow Jesus and obey him.
CRAFT: Can you make a rainbow? Use any materials you have in your house, stickers, cereal, felt tip pens. Remember God made a promise to Noah and the rainbow reminds us even today of that promise. Here are some examples 1,2,3,
CHALLENGE: Imagine in raining for 40 days and 40 nights, so much it covered the whole Earth, the highest mountains. Get a willing family member to sit in the garden or outside, read out the memory verse Genesis 6: 22 “Noah did everything the Lord commanded.” then pour a glass of water over them. Sometimes God’s commands will feel hard or scary but he knows what he is doing. Have some fun with this and see how wet you and your family can get.
- What things did God ask Noah to do?
- Do you think it was easy or hard for Noah to obey God?
- God saved humans and animals through what Noah did. Are there other times in God’s Story where he saved people?
- God made a promise at the end of the story – what was it?
- Will God keep his promises?
- What good thing might God be wanting you to do?
- Where might God be asking you to trust him?
- What do you think God can do when we trust him and follow his commands?
God, thank you that you saved the whole world through Noah. Thank you that you can be trusted, and that you keep your promises. Thank you that you still save people today, through Jesus. I pray that you will help me to trust you this week. I pray that you will show me what good things you want me to do, and help me to do them even when it’s hard. Thank you that you love me. Amen.
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