Scripture: Genesis 12: 1-9
Memory Verse: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24: 15b NRSV
· Like Abraham, we should listen and obey when God leads us.
· Blessing is a gift from God that brings goodness and well-being in life. (Fretheim, pg. 425)
· God promises to bless us.
· We respond to God’s blessing by worshipping God.
· God chooses to work through people to fulfill God’s mission.
· We, like Abraham, are on a journey of faith with God.
1. Children will view the video Abraham the Forefather.
2. Children will learn that by having faith and believing in God many blessings will come to us.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.
2. Explain to the children that the purpose of this workshop is to learn about how God blesses those who believe in him and how we should respond to those blessings.
Read the Bible story. Encourage the children to use their Bibles in looking up verses. You may want to ask the children to read or you may want to read the scripture yourself. If a child does not want to read that is perfectly fine. Be creative in giving suggestions for retelling the story in weeks 3-5 when the children are more familiar with the story. You may want to ask them what happened first, second, etc.
1. Show the video. It’s about 30 minutes long if it is cued after the beginning credits. Note: STOP the video just before Abraham unsheathes his knife to perform the circumcision (almost at the end of the tape).
2. When the video is over turn the lights on.
Ask the children if they think they have faith as strong as Abrahams. Also ask them if there are times that they doubt that God is present in their lives – if there are responses affirming this, then try to draw information out if the child(ren) as to when he/she felt God was not present. Explain that God is always present but sometimes we are too focused on other things in our lives or really wanting stuff that we forget about God. You may want to share a story in your life when you have had a hard time having faith. Also, feel free to ask the other adults present the same questions.
At 10:35 a.m. ask the shepherds to pass out the journal pages and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste on their journal page as a reminder of the story or activity.
Remind them that the offering from this rotation will go to the Peacemaking offering.
Suggested prompts for journal writing: List some of the ways that God has blessed you and your family. Share some ways that you have obeyed God. For grades 1 and 2, you may want to tell them to draw a picture of the ways that God has blessed them.
At 10:45 ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.
Prayer: Prepare a closing prayer. Ask they children if they have any concerns that they would like addressed in the prayer.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help clean up popcorn before they leave Holywood. Wait until after class to pile up the beanbag chairs. The kids tend to throw them. Wipe out popcorn machine thoroughly, do not use water.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Prepare a closing prayer.
3. For questions on this .
· Video will be given to you at the Workshop Leaders’ Bible Study.
· Journal pages will also be provided at the Bible study or the first Sunday of the rotation.
· Stickers if you want to put them on the journal pages.
Lori Houck, Kirk Faith Quest Bible Study Leader
In the Beginning, Abraham the Forefather, 1995, Nippon Television Network Corporation, CCC of America, 6000 Campus Circle Dr., Suite 110, Irving, TX 75063, 800-935-2222, ISBN 1-56814-378-8.