|Bible Lesson:||The Beginning of Creation: God created the world and deserves our worship.|
|Memory Verse:||The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands, Acts 17:24|
- Q: How could dinosaurs fit on the ark?
- A: First, the ark was very large. Second, dinosaurs, like crocodiles, grew their whole lives. When they were young, they were not so big.
- Q: Are dinosaurs alive today?
- A: No animals that we call dinosaurs today have been seen alive for a long time. But, many other animals like crocodiles and snakes are just like dinosaurs except they are not extinct.
- Q: Can I ever be so bad that I can't go to heaven?
- A: Nobody can be good enough to go to heaven. Anyone who wants to go to heaven has to let Jesus pay their way in. No sin is ever too great or too small that Jesus won't pay for it.
- Q: Why do we have 7 days in a week?
- A: God made the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th.
- Q: Did Abraham get his promise?
- A: Yes. There are many Jewish people alive today. They are all part of God's promise to Abraham. God's kingdom in the ends times will also be part of God's promise to Abraham. That's still going to happen in the future.
- Q: When was the Galion Grace Brethren Church started?
- A: Our church started as a Bible Study in 1958, called its first pastor around 1959, and bought land and started the building around 1960. [Obviously, you would adjust this one for your local church.]
- Q: How could the death of Jesus, one man, pay for the sins of everyone?
- A: Jesus is God, but he also became a human when he was born at Christmas. Since he is both God and man, he can pay for our sins forever by his death on the cross. The Bible says that since one man (Adam) brought us sin and death, one man (Jesus) can bring us righteousness and life.
- Q: Where did Cain get his wife?
- A: Adam and Eve had daughters as well as sons. Cain married one of his sisters. (We don't marry close relatives today because of inbreeding, but since Adam and Eve had the genes for the whole human race, that wasn't a problem until many generations later.)
- Q: Why weren't Adam and Eve supposed to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge?
- A: God gave Adam and Eve a rule that they could break or not break. He wanted them to have the choice to obey or not to obey.
- Q: When did it rain for the first time?
- A: God told Noah to build the ark. It had never rained. When Noah finished the ark and all the animals and his family were on board, it rained for the first time ever.
- Q: Did all the dinosaurs die before there were people?
- A: No, Adam named the dinosaurs in the garden of Eden. We just don't know what he called them. Job called one Behemoth and another Laviathan. In the middle ages, they were called
dragons, but as more and more years passed since they had become extinct, the stories of dragons became more and more exaggerated and fanciful. Later, when archaeologists started digging up old bones and putting them together, the word
dinosaurwas invented to describe this kind of animal.
the ark (which I already posted photos of earlier).
a set of simple questions related to the Bible lessons. (Lifting up the question pages reveals answers behind. I'm told a few of the kids even looked at them.)
different questions. We also painted some animals for the teen room walls.
That's the bulk of what we did this year. We also had some prefab decoration kits that we hung up, which people had purchased previously e.g. for Sunday School, but there's not much point showing you pictures of that. This is enough anyway, especially with the impressiveness of the aforementioned ark, which you too can build — see the plans, part one, and part two.
(Continued from part one. See also the plans.)
The following day we actually connected the fourteen sections to each other, using glue and a box-tape machine that one of the men in the church provided. (You can see the device in the first photo.)
pitch. You could use a liquid pitch, but we opted for black paper (the kind that comes on a giant roll and is used e.g. for bulletin board backgrounds), because it was easier, and also because we needed to buy black paper for something else anyway. (I'll explain that when I upload photos of the other decorations.)
opensections were (for people to look inside and see the animals and stuff), we cut slices of the roof to create flaps that could lift up, to allow more light into the interior of the upper deck, for better viewing. This would not be strictly necessary, but it also wasn't hard to do.
Here's an end-on view of the entire ark, essentially complete:
A standard full-sized American school bus is 36-37 feet long. The ark was 45 feet high and 75 feet wide. Two busses could park end-to-end at the back of the ark and still not be as long as it is wide. A dozen busses could park end-to-end along the length of the ark.
|Bible Lesson:||Sin brings a penalty; Jesus paid our penalty so that we can be saved. (Genesis 6-9)|
|Memory Verse:||1th Corinthians 15:22|
- strips of cloth (to tie legs together)
2 by 2to get to the
ark(i.e., the finish line). Let different pairs of children race against one another. If there's time, you can even let them switch partners. When time runs out explain that
the flood is overand
the land is dryand let them
get off the arkand go on to their next activity.
|Bible Lesson:||Adam and Eve sinned. We all sin. Sin is when we disobey God. (Genesis 3)|
- bubble stuff
- bubble wands
|Tuesday:||Board Foot Walk|
|Bible Lesson:||Humans are sinful and require salvation. (Genesis 3)|
|Memory Verse:||Romans 3:22|
- Boards with straps on them (see Preparation).
teamthat will be playing the game at any given time, so e.g. if you plan to have two teams going at once you will need four boards. Wide straps are best for the loops (rather than thin straps or rope), especially if some children might wear flimsy shoes or even flip-flops.
|Bible Lesson:||God created the world and deserves our worship (Genesis 1).|
Adamand guess. Play until time runs out.
|Monday:||Animal Match-Up Relay|
|Bible Lesson (elementary and teens):||God created the world and deserves our worship. (Genesis 1, Acts 17)|
|Bible Lesson (preschool):||Noah and the Big Flood|
|Memory Verse:||Acts 17:24|
- 3x5 cards
- animal pictures (from the internet)
- clear Contact (laminant)
These are lions.). Repeat as necessary to fill available time.
gopher cardboard— over 100 Wendy's fry boxes. This double stack is less than half of the total.
Here you can see one section being assembled.
Three of the sections will be
open, i.e., people will be able to look inside and see the animals and stuff. For these three sections it was necessary to build decks, ramps, doorways, fences, and so on.
opensections, so we built them at home. For the rest, we held a workday. Would you believe we got the remaining eleven sections built in under four hours? It was amazing. We built them in the basement, then carried them upstairs to lay them out in the auditorium, where they will be assembled into the final product.
This is how it stands right now. The 14 sections aren't actually glued to each other yet, and we still need to make a roof, coat the whole thing with
pitch(black paper), set up the animals inside, and so forth. We'll be working on it some more tomorrow.
Continued in part 2.
|Tuesday:||Paint By Shape|
|Preschool Lesson:||Adam and Eve Sin|
- Cleaning supplies
|Bible Lesson:||The church was begun in order to witness for God in all parts of the earth.|
|Memory Verse:||Acts 2:32|
|Preschool Lesson:||The church is made up of people (Acts 16)|
- cement mix
- disposable open-topped containers (e.g., you can use the bottoms of old milk jugs)
- decorative objects (colored stones, shells, large glass beads, etc.)
|Thursday:||Abraham & the Stars Window Hanging|
|Bible Lesson:||We should have faith like Abraham. God's promise to Abraham is a blessing to us even today.|
|Memory Verse:||Hebrews 11:6|
- black paper
- star constellation pictures
- pushpins (elementary and teens)
- junk cardboard (elementary and teens)
- coloring-book picture of Abraham with one arm raised, looking at the stars.
- posterboard or colored construction paper (for frames)
- star stickers (preschool only)
- string or yarn
For preschool, you should pre-cut the frames
and may want to pre-assemble some parts of the craft as well.
constellation pictures (you can have different ones and let them
pick) with a sheet of black construction paper attached to the back
with tape around the edges. They also each need a push pin and a
piece of junk cardboard. Have them push the push pin through each
dot on the picture (using the cardboard as a backing so the pin
doesn't go into anything it shouldn't, such as fingers or the
table). When every hole has been punched, remove the constellation
picture from the front, leaving the black paper with its star
pattern of small holes.
on the black paper. You can show them the constellation pictures
for reference if you want.
construction paper or poster board and cut out their frame.
front and back halves of the frame if you have time to let them cut
two) and attaches with either glue or tape. The Abraham image
should be cut out (so it's just Abraham) and placed on the front
of the craft, so that the black paper sky with the star holes
is in the background. If you have time, they can color Abraham
before gluing him in place.
hanger. The craft can be hung in a window so that the light
shines through the pinpoint holes, making the stars shine.
numerous to count, like the stars.
|Wednesday:||Painted Ark Scene|
|Bible Lesson:||Sin brings a penalty. Jesus paid our penalty so that we can be saved.|
|Memory Verse:||1st Corinthians 15:22|
- large paper (11"x17" is barely adequate)
- cardboard or posterboard (for stencils)
- paint and brushes
You can find sillhouettes of many animals at the Open Clip Art Library.
Scale some of them to appropriate sizes, print them out, and trace them onto cardboard to make the stencils.
their large piece of paper. They should place the ark first and
then place animals around it.
door to the bottom of the paper and, if they have time and space,
some trees to show scale. Make sure they put their name on the back
before painting, and allow the teens to add more detail to the
animals and the ark with a pencil. Remind everyone that the ark is
really much larger than the stencil but it just wouldn't fit on the
paper. When they have successfully drawn a scene allow them to
paint it in and lay to dry. Display a scene of your own so they can
see what it can look like. (Some variation of animal placement is
lesson. The ark saved Noah and his family from the flood, just as
Jesus saves us today.
|Tuesday:||Cross Wall Hanging|
|Bible Lesson:||Humans are sinful and require salvation. (Genesis 3)|
|Memory Verse:||Romans 3:22|
- wooden bases (perhaps 6"x8" or so)
- metallic thread or fine wire
and sand and varnish it ahead of time to make the bases. You will want to
go ahead and make one copy of the craft for reference and to familiarize
yourself with the winding pattern.
For younger children, you may want to pound the nails into the bases ahead of time. Teens should be able to do their own nails.
to each teen. Have rulers available (or use a hole puncher to make
holes in the pattern at the nail spots, so they can draw through
it). Have them put a pencil marking where each nail goes according
to the pattern. Show them how to pound the nails into the wood,
leaving each nail sticking out the same amount in a cross pattern.
(Some teens may need assistance getting the nails started.) When
they have this completed show them how to wind the metallic thread
or fine wire around the nails in a pattern. Make sure they put
their name on the back of the plank. If sufficient time and thread
or wire are available, you can let them do a second or even a third
|Bible Lesson:||God created the world and deserves our worship. (Genesis 1, Acts 17)|
|Memory Verse:||Acts 17:24|
- brightly colored paper
- folding instructions
- something to heat the wax (e.g., an old crock pot)
- sewing needles
You can also find videos on the internet that demostrate various origami, e.g., an elephant, a flower a raven, a crab.
|Monday:||Inflatable Origami Creation Box|
|Elementary Lesson:||God created the world and deserves our worship.|
|Memory Verse:||The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. Acts 17:24|
- crayons (or something to color with)
- photocopies of the pattern (see image)
- Color the pictures on your creation box paper, with the colors according to the numbers in each shape. There is a list at the top of the page that tells what color to use for each number. After coloring, cut off the top and edges, along the lines, so that you have one big square.
- Fold the square along one major diagonal, with the markings on the outside. Crease, then unfold.
- Fold along the other diagonal with the markings on the outside. Crease, then unfold.
- Bringing the top down to meet the bottom, fold the square in half horizontally, with the markings on the inside. Crease, then unfold.
- Using all the creases you have made, fold into a triangle shape, as shown. The left and right halves of the triangle should each have two flaps, formed by the top and bottom corners of the square.
- Fold the front flaps up, so that their tips meet at the top of the triangle, as shown.
- Flip the triangle over, and fold up the flaps on the other side in the same way, forming a diamond shape, as shown.
- Fold the left and right corners of the diamond shape inward to meet at the middle, as shown.
- Fold down the top corners to meet in the middle as well.
- Fold down the top flaps again, tucking them into the pockets in the tops of the side flaps.
- Flip over and repeat the same steps on the back side.
- Hold the box by the edges of two flaps and blow into the bottom end (i.e., the end with the small hole in it). The box should inflate into a six-sided paper cube, with one day of creation pictured on each side. See if you can match up the six sides of your cube to the six days told in Genesis 1.