FAITH QUEST

Noah and the Flood (Revised)

September 5-October 2, 2005

Good News - Science Lab

 

Scripture:  Genesis 6-9 with emphasis on Genesis 8:1 – 9:17

 

Memory Verse:  "Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth".   Psalm 124:8 (NRSV)

 

Offering:   PC USA – Aid for Tsunami

           

Concepts:

  1. God's power over all of creation is amazing.
  2. God makes and keeps promises.
  3. God wants us to be kind, obedient, and faithful like Noah.
  4. God takes care of all creation.

 

Objectives:

In the Good News Lesson we hope to:

  1. Understand that when God makes a promise He keeps His promise. 
  2. God loves us all – we are all unique and special in our own way. 
  3. We can see beauty in many things.  Nature is a gift of God.  How can we make sure that we never take God’s gifts for granted?

 

Procedure:                 

Welcome and Introductions:

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. Remember to that if you need the shepherds to assist you in any way do not be afraid to ask, that is why they are present with the class. 

 

Scripture/Bible Story:

1.      You will meet in the Faith Quest – Science Lab (kitchen in Classroom Building, beside Great Hall).

2.      Have the Children say the memory verse.  (You may want to have the verse on poster board.)

3.      Ask them to bow their heads for prayer. Dear Lord, who is with us everywhere we go, we thank you for your love. We pray this morning you will help us to better understand your word.  Please forgive us when we take things for granted and do not listen to your words.   Amen.

4.      Have them open their Bibles to the Scripture Genesis 8:1- 9: 17. Ask the children to volunteer/assist in reading the scriptures.  It is not necessary to have all children read.  If you want to read and have them to follow along, that is your choice. 

 

Application:

Pre-heat the oven to 350o prior to the class arriving. 

  1. You are to remind them of the kitchen/science lab safety rules
    1. They must follow your rules.
    2. They will listen.
    3. They cannot run around the kitchen and make too much noise.   Remind them that there are other classes being held in the building.
    4. They will wait their turn and/or assist others with a step in the process.
    5. The Shepherds are helpers.
  2. Rainbow Crayons - After the scripture explain to the children they are going to make rainbow crayons – “Ask if anyone knows why – rainbow?”  Accept all reasonable answers.
  3. Each child needs a foil baking cup.
  4. Each child needs to gather a few broken crayons and place into their foil baking cup.
  5. They should set their cup with crayons on a baking sheet – trying to remember which place they used.
  6. Place the cooking sheet in the oven set at 350o for 4 to 6 minutes depending on the number of cups filled with crayons.  (You might want to try this at home just to see how they melt together.)
  7. While the crayons are “cooking” Discuss the story in more detail.

 

Ø      Why did Noah send out a raven and then a dove after the rain stopped?  

To look for dry land – they had been on the boat 150 days.

 

Ø      The flood was God’s way of giving the world a new beginning – God had become angry with how the people were not following his laws and how they were treating each other.   Did the people believe what God told them that the earth would be covered in water? 

No, they made fun of Noah as he built the arc and gathered the animals.  When it began to rain – it had never rained before – the people were afraid and they ran to Noah’s boat asking to get on. 

 

Ø      What does the rainbow represent to us?

A sign of hope and promise that God will never destroy everything on the earth – The rainbow represents the covenant/promise to believers.

 

Ø      Have you ever made a promise to a parent and/or friend?  Have you kept your promise as God has kept his?  (If some of the natural disasters are brought up – like the Tsunami of 2004 – share with them that God did not destroy the entire world.  That God is still in control and that he still loves his people.)

Allow them time to respond with answers.

 

Ø      How can we make sure we don’t take nature or God’s gifts for granted?

Allow them time to respond with answers. 

 

  1. Take the rainbow crayons out and let them cool down – for at least 5 minutes. 

 

Reflection Time:

While the rainbow crayons are cooling down provide a copy of the journal page to each child.  Ask them to begin thinking of what the rainbow promise and/or hope means to them.  They may want to use their new rainbow crayons and share with each other what “magic” appears. 

 

By 10:45 close with a prayer.

 

Closing:

Prayer:  Thank you Lord of light for the promises you have given us.  Thank you for our church family who loves us and helps us to grow as we learn more about you.  We pray that this week we will share your promise with others as we go about our daily routine.  In your name, Amen.

 

Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Ask them to assist in cleaning up the kitchen. 

 

Teacher preparation in advance:

1.      Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

 

Suggested Supply List

Ø      Poster paper with Bible memory verse

Ø      Supplies of old crayons – Kirk has some – check with CE Elders or DCE

Ø      Tin foil baking cups

Ø      Cookie Sheet – lined with tin foil just in case of a melt down.

Ø      Pot holder

Ø      Oven set at 350o

 

Reference:

Lori Houck, Kirk Faith Quest Bible Study Leader

Children’s Illustrated Bible by Parker and Dyson

Creative Bible Learning Science and Cooking by Karyn Henley – page 64