The people on earth had become so cruel and violent that God regretted making the world and decided to destroy all the creatures living on earth. Noah was the only good person who lived right and obeyed God. Noah had a wife; three sons, named Shem, Ham and Japheth; and his sons also had wives.
God said to Noah, Get some good lumber and build a gigantic boat three stories high with a roof. I’m going to send a flood that will destroy everything that breathes. But I promise that you and your family will be kept safe. AND, I want you to bring on the boat two of every kind of animal and bird and reptile, a male and female of each, and bring enough food for all the people and animals on the boat.
Noah did everything God told him to do. After the ark was built, Noah with his wife; his three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth; and his sons' wives went into the ark. They took with them two of every animal on earth.
Seven days later it started to rain. The sky opened like windows, and rain poured down without stopping for 40 days and nights. The water got deeper and deeper until the ark was floating high above the ground. Even the highest mountain peaks were deep beneath the water. All the people and animals on earth were drowned. Only the people and animals on the ark survived the flood.
After the rain finally stopped it took 150 days for the waters to go down enough for the ark to come to rest on a mountain. Noah opened the window of the ark and sent out a raven, and it just flew back and forth over the water. Then Noah sent out a dove, but the dove found no place to stand, and it returned to the ark. Noah waited seven days, and again sent out the dove. This time the dove came back to him with an olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had gone down. Then he waited another seven days and sent out the dove again; and it did not return.
When the waters were dried up, God told Noah, “Now leave the ark. You and the people and animals with you can go live on the earth, have babies, and fill the earth again with people and animals.
Noah built an altar and offered sacrifices to God. (Noah brought seven pairs of some animals on board the ark, but you don’t need to go into this unless the kids ask where he got the animals for the sacrifices.) And God told Noah, “I am going to make a solemn promise to you and to everyone who lives after you. I promise never again to cover the earth with a flood.”
This promise is called a covenant. As a sign of this covenant, God said, “The rainbow that I have put in the sky will remind you that I will keep this promise forever.” When we see a rainbow, it reminds us of God's promise to care for creation and to love and care for us.
“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” — Psalm 124:8 (NRSV)
In Good News visit the Science Lab and make rainbow crayons.
In Praising Puppets perform a skit that talks about trusting and having faith in what God tells us to do.
Use pantomime and creative movement to tell the story of Noah in Apostle’s Playhouse.
Create a scene of animals leaving the ark with a rainbow showing God’s promise in Creation Station.
Test your knowledge about Noah and the Flood by playing a game using the Buzzer in Antioch Arcade.
Creation Station – Amy Huenemann
Good News – Marie Crawford
Antioch Arcade – Wanda Shive
Praising Puppets – Ginger Espino
Apostle’s Playhouse – Sara Ridings
Thank you to our Curriculum Design Team: Carole Rhodes, Lee Smith, Sara Ridings, Allison Connors, Angela Farthing, Robin Morris, Amy Woynicz, and Lori Houck.