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, flashlight
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 Promise to Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 15 and 17 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 15:5 and Genesis 17:1-8, 15-19
Discuss: Abraham’s name means “Father of many nations” and Sarah’s name means “Princess.” Do you know what your name means? You can look it up here: http://www.behindthename.com/ God’s promise to Abraham included the promise that his descendants would be as numerous as the grains of sand on the beach or stars in the sky. How many children do you think God was promising to Abraham? Why did this seem impossible?
Song: Promise Cheer: (either pump your fist as you repeat this, or use pom-poms and cheerleader moves) Promises! Promises! God keeps his promises!
Activities: For this Bible story, we did two activities. First, we punched some holes in a piece of cardstock, went into a closet, and shined a flashlight through the holes to make a star show. We also used my daughter’s pillow pets with the star show feature to the same effect.
Our next project was to make name pillars. One of our daughter’s is named Sarai, so they had a special interest in this story. I wrote out their names in bubble letters and let them color them in however they wanted. Then, my four-year-old cut them out and punched the holes. We put string through the holes and once again hung them from our dining room chandelier to remember what God promised to Abraham. If I had been ahead of the game, I might have gotten some star-shaped stickers to decorate the pillars, as well. Here are some pictures of the finished products:
Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear God, thank you for the stars, and the sand, and the gift of our names. Help us to remember that you created us, and that you call us each by name. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!