Noah and the Flood (Revised)
September 4-October 2, 2005
Scripture: Genesis 6-9 with emphasis on Genesis 8:19 - 9:17
Key Scripture Verses: Genesis 9:12-13 “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my (rain)bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (New Revised Standard Version)
Memory Verse: “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8 (NRSV)
· God’s power over all of creation is amazing.
· God makes and keeps promises.
· God communicates with people.
1. Understand that God has made a covenant (promise) to the earth’s creatures.
2. Recognize that rainbows and each season are reminders of God’s promise.
3. Children will create a scene of animals leaving the ark with the rainbow as God’s covenant.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure that everyone is in the right classroom! Children will either already have name tags on, or will get a nametag from their shepherd. Make sure that you know everyone’s name and greet the students individually. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Perhaps: Dear Lord, thank you for your plans to give us a world filled with goodness. Be among us as we learn about your promises. Amen.
1. This is the story of Noah. The Bible story is very long so we’ll just listen to a summary. The Lord God saw that Noah was the only good man in the world and that all the other people thought about and did bad things. God decided that he had to destroy this evil by flooding the whole earth. Then he would start over by filling it with the good things that would be saved from the earth. The things that God wanted to save were Noah and his family and all the creatures of the sea, land, and air.
The Lord told Noah about his plan and told Noah to get good wood to build a very big waterproof boat. God gave exact instructions to Noah, telling him to have a roof over the boat and a door in the side of the boat. Then he said that Noah should collect a male and a female of every kind of mammal, reptile, and bird and put them on the boat along with his family and lots of food for everyone. Noah listened when God spoke and obeyed. When the boat was built and everyone was in it, God closed the door. It then poured rain for forty days and nights. The boat, called an ark because it provided safety, floated high above the water-covered ground. Everything that was evil was washed away.
Slowly the water went down. One day Noah and his family felt the ark rest on land and saw that the water had gone away. They climbed out and released all the creatures. Noah built an altar and worshipped God. God was pleased and said, “Never again will I punish the earth for the sinful things its people do. As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, night and day.” Then God said, “I am going to make a solemn promise to you and to everyone who will live after you. This includes the birds and animals that came out of the boat. I promise every living creature that the earth and those living on it will never again be destroyed by a flood. The rainbow that I have put in the sky will be my sign to you and to every living creature on earth. It will remind you that I will keep this promise forever. When I send clouds over the earth, and a rainbow appears in the sky, I will remember my promise to you and to all other living creatures. Never again will flood waters destroy all life” (Contemporary English Version).
2. This promise that God made to man and animals is called a covenant. Isn’t it amazing and wonderful that he created this wonderful reminder – a rainbow. He is telling us that there will never again be a flood that destroys the whole earth. He also reminds us that we will always have food from planting and harvesting, changes in temperature, seasons, night and day. This is God’s covenant – a promise that will not be broken. He also wants us to covenant with him to be kind. God said that he created people to be like him. He agreed as to what he would or would not do and he wants us to do the same.
1. Create! READ the Bible lesson (1-4 above) with expression.
2. Tell the children that they are going to create a scene of the creatures leaving the ark under a rainbow that will contain something they can ‘covenant’ with God in their own lives (e.g., to love people, help those in need, read the Bible, be nice to brothers and sisters, respect other peoples differences).
3. Steps: Pass out drawing and construction paper, scissors, markers and glue sticks. Have the children write their names on the back of the drawing paper. Tell them to quickly cut a good size ark shape out of brown paper. Then they can make pairs of animals by folding a piece of colored paper in half and drawing the outline of an animal atop the folded paper. When cut out, there will be two. Note: younger children may prefer to draw the animals instead of cutting shapes. Birds, reptiles, and other creatures should be shown leaving the ark. All should be pasted down. Make details and a large rainbow with markers. Each child should write a personal covenant across the rainbow.
4. Clean up! Involve everyone in cleaning up so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a pre-arranged signal for clean up and tell them at the beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.
5. Turn out lights and lock the classroom doors when leaving.
1. Ask the shepherds to pass out journal pages and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – What is a covenant? What was God’s covenant to all creatures on earth? What things remind us of God’s covenant?
2. At 10:40 ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.
1. Encourage them to remember that we cannot disobey God without his knowing it. Tell them that God loves them and will keep trying to help them obey.
2. Remind them where their Pennies will be given.
3. Say the Memory Verse together. You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.
4. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Perhaps: Dear God, thank you for the beauty and variety you have given us on earth. Help us to listen when your word is spoken and to remember that we have covenants with you. Amen.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.
2. Practice reading the Bible lesson (above) with expression.
3. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
4. Check the art room and the supply closet to see what supplies exist.
5. Experiment with what the children will be doing.
6. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
7. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer, ask for suggestions, or use the one provided.
12”x18” white paper for background
Construction paper, including brown