Supplies: God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible (or other children’s or family Bible), Access to the internet, cardstock, markers, hole punch, string
Gather: We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time. Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable. My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose! Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).
Story: Read the story of God’s Rainbow Promise in Genesis 8-9 from My First Hands-On Bible or another children’s or family Bible. If you are using the My First Hands-On Bible, feel free to do the activities described there. If you don’t have one, check out this version: Genesis 8, 9:1-22, 9:8-17
Discuss: Describe a time when you have seen a rainbow. Why do you think God decided to use a rainbow as the sign of the promise to never flood the earth again?
Song: “Rise and Shine” You can see a youtube video with actions here: https://youtu.be/W6PA_vYAk4Q or just the lyrics here: http://www.metrolyrics.com/rise-and-shine-lyrics-children.html
Activity: For this Bible story, we made our own rainbows. We colored rainbows on white cardstock, cut them out, punched a hole in the top, and hung them by string from the chandelier that hangs over our dining room table so that we would always remember God’s promises. Here’s a picture of the finished product:
Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Discuss your favorite animals ahead of time so that you can add them to this prayer. Dear Lord, we thank you for saving Noah’s family and all the animals, especially (insert your favorites here). Help us to remember your promise to save us each time we see a rainbow. Amen!