This week's lesson is a story from Genesis about Abraham and Sarah and promises with God.
Following the story, here are some questions you can ask:
Who is in your family?
What were the new names for Abram and Sarai?
What did God promise them?
Why is God’s covenant important to us today?
Cinquain Poem: As a way for children to express their understanding of God’s covenant, help them write poems. A cinquain (sin-KANE) is a five-line poem. The first and fifth lines of
the poem are the subject of the poem and lines two, three, and four describe the subject. Follow these
descriptions to complete the poem together about today's scripture:
Line 1: Title and subject of poem
Line 2: two words to describe the subject
Line 3: three words of action about the subject
Line 4: four words to describe feelings about the subject
Line 5: one word that means the same as the word in line 1
Covenant Puzzle: After finding words related to God’s covenant, children write about
God’s covenant using the words they found. Use the following Covenant Puzzle with
pencils, and crayons for the colors listed there. Some of these words
may be new to the children since they were not in the story but they are in most Bibles. The children can work alone or with help to write the sentence about the covenant. Why is God’s covenant important to us today?
Labyrinth: When children know they are included in God’s covenant, they need time
to ponder what that means. A finger labyrinth provides a way for them to think quietly.
Show the children how to
follow the path beginning at the bottom and working to the middle and then out again.
Explain that this is done slowly as they think about a question about God or repeat the
same words of God over and over. Suggest that they use “God’s covenant” or “I will be your God."
Storybook to Share:
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin.
This week’s Time for Children: