Adam and Eve
Scripture: Genesis 3
Memory Verse: “Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I
am thinking. Don’t let me follow evil
ways, but lead me in the way time has proven true.”
Psalm 139:23-24 (CEV)
we disobey God, it hurts others and us.
are actions that separate us from God, but God always comes to look for
Objectives: This workshop will
focus on helping children understand that when we are disobedient, there are consequences
for us and sometimes for others. These
consequences include loss of privilege and feeling separated from loved
ones. People who care about us (and
God) will come after us and forgive us.
In the first skit, the disobedient ones are children who do not follow
their parents’ rules; this can be applied in the discussion to disobedience of
God. The second skit uses a child
feeling separated from her friends who come looking for her. Again, the discussion must apply this to
feeling separated from God.
Welcome and Introductions:
the children and introduce yourself.
the children that today they will use the puppets to learn about
disobedience and its consequences.
- Move through this as quickly as you can. The children will be eager to get to
the puppets. For the first two
weeks of the lesson, you will need to tell the story to the class. After
that a quick review should suffice.
Review the previous rotation story from Genesis 2—Adam and Eve live
in the Garden of Eden, and God has told them they can eat fruit from any
tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when they eat
of it they will surely die. Then
move on to this rotation’s story from Genesis 3. You can share some basic Bible facts: the story comes from the Bible, the
Bible is God’s Word, and the story is from the book of the Bible called
Genesis. Then tell the story from
Genesis 3. A serpent (tell kids
snake if they don’t know serpent) asks Eve “Did God really say, ‘You must
not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Eve says that they cannot eat from the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil or they will die.
The serpent says they will not die, they will just be like God,
knowing good and evil. Eve
disobeys God and eats the fruit because she wants wisdom. She also gives some to Adam, who eats
it. Their eyes are opened to evil,
and they realize they have no clothes on.
They hide from God because they are ashamed. But God calls out to them, “Where are
you?” Adam says, “I heard you in
the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” God asks whether they ate the forbidden
fruit. Adam blames Eve; Eve blames
the serpent. God gives out
consequences. He makes all
serpents’ lives harder until the end of time because the serpent tricked
Eve. God makes Adam and Eve’s
lives harder too—they must leave the paradise of Eden, and growing food
and having children will be much harder in the future for all mankind
because Adam and Eve disobeyed.
- After reviewing the story (and in the third-fourth
weeks of the rotation when the children are already familiar with the
story you can just start here), discuss it briefly. What did God allow Adam and Eve to do? Not to do? Did they obey? How did Adam and Eve feel after they disobeyed
God? (ashamed, separated) Is this a good feeling to have? What happened to them because they
disobeyed? (The snake is cursed
and will be disliked by humans; Eve will have pain in childbirth; and Adam
will have to work hard to grow food.)
Do you think God knew they had disobeyed before they told him?
(Yes, He knows everything that happens.)
Why did he come looking for them? (He loved and cared about
them) Did Eve’s disobedience get
Adam into trouble? (Yes, but he
could still have chosen to obey without her) How could they have encouraged each other to be good and
obey God? Did God still love them
after they disobeyed? (Yes) Does he love us after we disobey
Note: There are 2 skits. Each has 5 characters.
You may have to repeat one of the skits to give everyone a chance to
perform or you might choose different options about who speaks depending on how
many children are present. Let each
child have a chance to operate a puppet or they will be disappointed. There are a lot of questions provided,
probably more than you could possibly cover.
Choose the questions you feel are most relevant for your age group, but
do ask enough questions to relate these skits to the concepts we are teaching
- Divide the class into groups of five children who
want to perform with a puppet.
(Infrequently, a child does not want to operate a puppet.)
- You have several options about who will read the
parts. You may pre-record the
entire skit on cassette tape before Sunday (this always worked well for me
when I was a PP workshop leader).
You can choose a narrator (add a sixth child who will not use a
puppet or use a shepherd or workshop leader) to read all the puppet parts
while children act out with the puppets.
You may also allow each child to read and act out his/her own
puppet part (this works well with 3rd grade and up).
- Give out scripts to each group. Let five children per group choose a
- Allow the groups 5 minutes or so to practice their
script. Grades 1&2: The
shepherd and workshop leader should help with the scripts, perhaps even
“speaking” the voices while the children act them out. You may want to do
this for the other grades as well to keep the pace moving and to allow the
children to focus on what is being said and not the mechanics of reading.
- When performing the skits, you may use the
- If you have a large group of children, you may repeat
either skit so everyone has a turn.
- After skit 1, the workshop leader can ask a puppet a
question about some aspect of the skit scenario. Tell the children to
imagine how the puppet would answer and then give that answer, still as
the puppet. Ex: Annie, are you sorry you encouraged
your friends to pick flowers? How
do you (any other child) feel about seeing Mrs. Williams in the
future? (Any of the children) Are
you afraid of what your parents are going to do?
- Then ask the performers to sit down and have a brief
discussion with all children about what happened in the play. Some possible discussion questions
follow. What do you think the
children really thought was the right thing to do about picking the
flowers? Do we usually know what
God thinks is right and wrong?
what our parents think is right and wrong? How did the children’s desire for the
flowers make them ignore those basic feelings of right and wrong? How can our own wants make us disobey?
(Encourage stories if they feel like sharing.) Did the friend saying it was probably okay to pick the
flowers, help them to forget what they probably knew was right or
wrong? Could one of them have
encouraged everyone to obey what they knew was right? Can we do that in our own lives about
God and our parents? (Hebrews
10:24 “Let us consider how we may
spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”) Was Mrs. Williams wrong to not want the
children picking her flowers?
- Perform skit 2.
After skit 2, the workshop leader can again ask a puppet a
question. Ex: Were you angry with Annie, or would you
rather just forget about the whole thing?
Why did you go looking for Annie?
Annie, was it lonely being unsure that your friends would want to
play with you?
- Then discuss skit 2 together. Why did Annie stay inside for so many
days? What was she feeling toward
her friends? Do you ever feel like
that when you have disobeyed God?
disobeyed your parents? Did
her friends still care about her?
Do you think God (and your parents) come looking for you when you
separate yourself after being disobedient? Do you think God (and your parents) still loves you? Are there consequences for
disobeying? Is it better to obey
or suffer the consequences? Are
some consequences for life, like Adam and Eve’s (ex. knocking out permanent teeth, breaking
or loosing a one-of-a-kind thing)?
See whether the kids can think of some.
- If you have to repeat a skit to give everyone a turn,
you may hold the discussion until the last time you have repeated the
Review the two concepts covered
and ask whether there are any questions.
- Ask the shepherds to pass out the journal sheets and
pencils/markers. Tell the younger
children to think of something God has asked us to do (ex. read the Bible,
pray, love each other, accept Jesus as Savior). Then draw a picture of it.
Tell the older children to write three things that God has asked us
to do if we love Him. If they
have time, they can illustrate.
- Ask the students to close their journals and sit
quietly for prayer.
Prayer: Close with a simple prayer about obedience,
asking God to help us understand how to be obedient to His will. Ask God to help each of us to be closer to
him, knowing that He will always search for us if we move away from Him.
children to help clean up as they wait for their parents to arrive. Put pillows behind stage area. Put away boom
box, workshop bin, etc
Teacher preparation in
1. Pray: Ask God to give you the talents, words,
assurance and patience you need to teach His children this lesson.
the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
at least 12 copies of each script page.
Cut the scripts into pieces so that each player can have a copy. You can also post two copies of the script
at each end of the stage so puppeteers can refer to it.
a closing prayer.
you choose to pre-record the scripts, borrow the boom box from the church and
using a scratch tape-record the scripts.
Family members and their friends can have a lot of fun playing the
1. Copies of the script.
Notes supplied by Susan Mazzara for curriculum writers'
Bible study in March 2002.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DISOBEY?
John: “Mrs. Williams has so many pretty flowers in her garden.”
Melissa: “I’d like to pick some of them to take home.”
Tom: “My parents always say not
to take anything without asking first.”
Annie: “But don’t your parents always tell you to share? Mrs. Williams should share her flowers. She once told my mother it was ok to pick some.”
John: “Then it’s probably ok for us to pick a few.” (picking flowers)
Melissa: “I’m going to pick one of
these red ones and two of those yellow ones over there.” (picking)
Tom: “I don’t feel right about
Annie: “It’s fine. I saw my mom
pick a lot of these for a party she was having.”
are picking flowers now.)
Williams: “What are you children doing in my
yard? Why have you picked all of those
flowers? Don’t you have any respect for
other people’s property? I will call
your parents and tell them what you have done.”
John: “Annie, we shouldn’t have listened to you.”
Melissa: “Now we’re all in trouble with our parents.”
Tom: “My parents are going to be very unhappy that I took something
that wasn’t mine.”
Annie: “You didn’t have to listen to me. You have your own minds.”
John: “Where’s Annie? I haven’t
seen her in two weeks.”
Melissa: “Her parents must have grounded her and not let her play outside
since we got into trouble for picking Mrs. Williams’ flowers.”
Tom: “Let’s go find out.”
move to house and ringing doorbell or knock)
Wood: “Oh, hello.
Do you want to see Annie?”
John: “Yes, can she play outside with us?”
Wood: “Yes, she can. Annie…Annie”
Annie: “Hi John, Melissa, Tom.
What do you want?”
Melissa: “Your mom said you can play
outside today. Were you grounded?”
Annie: “I was for a few days.
And I had to write an apology to Mrs. Williams. Do you want me to play? I thought you wouldn’t want to be friends
with me after I got everyone in trouble.”
Tom: “I don’t care about that.
You were right, we didn’t have to listen to you.”
John: “We wouldn’t let something
like that end us being friends.”
Melissa: “C’mon out and play.”