"Dear God. We thank you for the chance to meet once again in your presence.Help us to learn more about your work and to understand how we can follow in your footsteps.Amen"
Noah's Ark, pick up the story once the ark has been built and God sends Noah and the animals into the Ark.Eitherretell the story up to the point where God makes his Covenant with Noah, oruse the following selected passages from the bible.
Genesis 7:7 - 7:18
Genesis 8:3 - 8:12
Have students in the class read the following passage - choose one student per verse.
Discussion of promises and relate to personal situations
What is the importance of the rainbow?What do they understand about promises?Ask what happens when they break a promise.Ask how they feel when someone breaks a promise with them.What kinds of promise do they think should never be broken (come to the conclusion that no promise should be broken unless it's not possible to do otherwise).
Activity: Secret Code Bible Verse
Use a verse from your bible reading - for example Genesis 9:16 - and issue the students in the class with a copy of the verse (un-identified) and in code - substitute numbers for letters (Noah - 14-15-1-8)oruse letters one before the one it should be (Noah - Mnzg).The mission of the students is not only to break the code and write out the bible verse as it should be written - but also to identify which verse it is!
Closing Prayer thanking God for his promise. For example:
"Thank you God for our class today.Thank you for the lesson we've learned and the fun we've had.Thank you also for your promise, and for yourrainbow to remind us.Help us to keep the promises we make and to understand how important it is that we do so.Keep us safe in your love as we go out into your world.Amen."
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