The Call of Abraham and Sarah
September 5 – October 3, 2004
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9
Key Scripture Verse: Genesis 12:1-2a The Lord said to Abram (we call him Abraham because God later changed his name): “Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you. I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation.” (Contemporary English Version)
Memory Verse: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b NSRV
· We, like Abraham, are on a journey of faith with God.
· God chooses to work through people to fulfill God’s mission.
· Like Abraham, we should listen and obey when God leads us.
1. Understand that this story from Genesis is about the creation of order for mankind.
2. Learn that God made and kept a promise of land and a nation to Abraham.
3. Know that Abraham was obedient, faithful, and worshipped God.
4. Children will create a topographical map showing Abraham’s route.
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. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for promising to bless us would be appropriate.
1. Here is a map of the Holy Lands in Old Testament times. Who knows what a map is used for? When people travel without a map, how do they know where to go? This Bible lesson tells the story of Abraham who was called by God to settle in a new land. Abraham did not have a map to find this land but God promised him that if he went there, Abraham would become the father of a new nation. You will have a map to follow his journey and to show your families why the trip was so long.
2. Abraham was one member of a large family that
originally lived in
3. Abraham’s family liked
4. Abraham was 75 years old when he was told by
God to leave
Pass out cardstock with pre-printed map and have the big map taped to
the wall. Show the map and atlas showing
where Abraham lived. It would have more
meaning if you also showed a globe (in library) to pinpoint the
2. Show your sample and explain the technique of
applying dough to indicate mountains, blue markers for water and green for
First color the seas and rivers with blue markers and then shade Canaan,
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 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 door when leaving.
1. Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and
pencils/markers. The children should
spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Who knows what a
covenant is? What did God promise? What did Abraham have to do? Did God keep his promise? Did God tell Abraham exactly how to go to
2. At 10:40 ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.
1. Encourage them to think about how God chooses people to do his work.
2. Tell them that their offering will be given to the Peacemaking offering.
3. Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). 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. Thank God for choosing us to help fulfill his mission. Help us to listen and obey when God leads us.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.
2. Practice reading the Bible story (above) with expression.
3. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
4. Experiment with what the children will be doing. Make enough copies of the map.
5. 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.
6. Mix an adequate quantity of play dough and tint it brown (mix in orange and green food coloring).
7. Make a sample.
8. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or ask for suggestions.
Tape and map showing the Old Testament Bible lands
Basic map outline of area printed on neutral tone cardstock
Blue and green Markers
Brown play dough (click here for the recipe)
Map, outline blanks and highlighters will be provided.