Noah and the Ark: Genesis 6-9

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Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about Noah and the ark.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Genesis 6-9
Read the story of Noah and the Ark in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find an excerpt of the story here:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+6%3A11-22&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:
What was wrong with the world?  What did God tell Noah to build?  What did God tell Noah to gather?  How do you feel when there are big storms?  DO you think God is with you in the storms?  Why or why not?

Song:  Noah Built His Ark

My family and I wrote the words to this song as we were learning about this story.  The tune is to another Bible song:  “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock.”  Enjoy!

Activity:  God Time in the Bathtub
This week, my children attended Sunday School at a different church than usual, and wanted to teach me what they had learned.  I told them that it was bath time, so we couldn’t do God Time right now.  They explained that bath time was a perfect time for God Time, since the story was Noah’s Ark.  We got out boats, and my children showed and told me the story as they took their bath.  Then we sang the song together as they got washed.  This week, I learned that any time can be God Time! No pictures this week; I am still embarrassed by the pics my parents took of me in the bathtub as a kid, and I refuse to pass it on…

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you called Noah to save the people and the animals.  Help us to remember your promise to keep us safe in the storms of life.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

God Creates the World: Genesis 1:1-2:4

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about how you made the whole world.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Genesis 1:1-2:4
My family has just discovered the Bible App for Kids.  It is fabulous!  This summer, when I don’t have other ideas, we are definitely going to start here for Family God Time.  It is available on itunes, Google Play, and Amazon.  You can download a copy here:  https://www.bible.com/kids

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This week, we did the first story, “In the Beginning:  Creation of the World.”  This app includes the story, interactive pieces, and questions to ponder.  Go through it together as a family.  In my family, we have to take turns interacting with the story, or they crash the app.  Each child gets a turn, switching every time we “turn the page.”

If you do not have access to this app, you can read the story together here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1%3A1-2%3A4&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:
What are some of the things that God made?  How did God feel about what he had made?  What did God do on the seventh day?

Song:  The Hippo Song
This song is a fun way to talk about all of God’s creation.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Make Your Own Edible Clay
All of my kids love creating things.  They are also fond of licking their fingers, no matter what might be on them.  I found a peanut butter clay recipe that we used to make our own sculptures of God’s creation.  You can find the recipe here:  http://www.naturalbeachliving.com/2014/03/edible-peanut-butter-dough.html

I found that it took more powdered sugar than the recipe called for to make sure it didn’t just stick to your fingers.  Here are some pics of us having fun with this dough:

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Fun with edible clay

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God’s Fingerprints are everywhere!

For those of you with family peanut allergies, here is another edible clay recipe:
http://frogsandsnailsandpuppydogtail.com/edible-frosting-playdough/

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Dear God, we thank you that for holy time together as a family.  Thank you for creating us and all that exists.  Help us to remember that you think it is all very good!  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

God’s Promise to Abraham and Sarah: Genesis 15 & 17

stars over beachSupplies:  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:

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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!

God Makes a Rainbow Promise: Genesis 8 & 9

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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:

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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!