Noah and the Ark
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Make Rainbow Parfaits.
- God gave marvelous instructions to Noah to build an ark that would protect Noah, his family, and all kinds of animals from destruction.
- The Bible says that Noah walked with God, and God was pleased with him. What does it mean to walk daily with God?
- The students will prepare a Rainbow Parfait to remind them God’s promise to the earth, and His great love for us.
- Read the Bible background.
- Preview the book Noah’s Ark, by Tom Dooley. The story takes about 20 minutes to read aloud. The last section explains the building details of the ark, and some information on Mount Ararat. You may want to omit this section if class time is short. However, this part of the book offers answers to some questions the students may have.
- Gather the materials
- Before class begins, wash and cut up the fruit as needed, and prepare a sample Rainbow Parfait.
- Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you teach this class.
Supplies List: (Use appropriate quantities so each student can make a small parfait.)
- One glass of water per student.
- 5 oz. clear plastic cups, plastic spoons, and napkins (one per student)
- Blueberry yogurt
- Lemon yogurt
- Green grapes (or sliced kiwi)
- Orange fruit: Sliced peaches, oranges, or muskmelon
- Red fruit: Sliced strawberries, apples, or watermelon
- Crunchy cereal (such as granola)
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the students when they arrive. Then begin with a prayer.Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your family. Please watch over us this morning as we study the life Noah, a man who walked and talked with you every day. In Jesus Name, AMEN.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Say: Good morning everyone! What “Person of Faith” are we studying this month?
Noah is the right answer! In Hebrews 11:7a (TEV) tells us a little bit about Noah: “It was faith that made Noah hear God’s warnings about things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a boat in which he and his family were saved.” When at last the flood was over, God sent Noah a sign of His promise to love people forever. That sign appeared in the sky. It was a _____________ (rainbow).
Have any of you ever seen a rainbow?
What are the colors of a rainbow? (ROYGBIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.)
To remind us of God’s special promise, we will make Rainbow Parfaits, a snack that uses many of those colors. But first, we’ll all wash our hands.
1. Place a spoonful of blueberry yogurt in a clear cup.
2. Sprinkle granola over the yogurt (optional).
3. Add a layer of green fruit (grapes or kiwi).
4. Spread a layer of lemon yogurt over the grapes.
5. Sprinkle with some more granola.
6. Add a layer of orange fruit.
7. Top with a piece of red fruit (strawberry, watermelon, or a red apple).
Pass out napkins and a glass of water. Invite the children to pray.
PRAYER: Great God, thank you for this good fruit, and the wonderful “rainbow” promise. Bless this food, and bless each of us and our families during this week to come. And all God’s children said: AMEN.
While the students eat, READ THE STORY:
Read aloud The True Story of Noah’s Ark, by Tom Dooley: 20 minutes.
Pass out Bibles and ask the students to turn to Genesis 9:13 and read the memory verse aloud. Have each student write the memory verse in their journal.
Say: In the Gospels, Jesus often describes himself using the term “I am _________” (e.g. the Way, the Truth, and the Life.) In the book we just read, what “I am” did Jesus use to help us understand who He is? (the Door: John 10:10).
What was the significance of the door in Noah’s ark? (Any living being who entered the door of the ark saved destruction in the flood.)
Why did Jesus say “I am the door?” (because anyone who enters the Kingdom of God through Jesus, will be saved.)
Say: All of us who “believe and are baptized” are part of God’s family. Like Noah and his family, we will all “be saved.” Next month we will learn more about that!
Have the Students do one or both of the following journal questions:
Say: The Bible says that Noah was a “righteous” man. Can anyone tell me what it means to be righteous? (definition: “without guilt or sin)
Say: Noah walked daily with God. This meant he talked with God every day, and tried to follow His leading. I’m sure Noah wasn’t perfect. Most likely, he had weaknesses like any human, but Noah looked to God for friendship and help every day. God likes that! When God told Noah to do build the ark, he did it! We know the rest of the story--Noah and his family walked through the ark door and were safe. They chose to enter God’s circle.
1) Write in your journals how you can walk with God every day.
Say: Open your Bibles to Matthew 24:36-46. Take turns reading the verses aloud.
Here Jesus tells that disciples that the days of his second coming will be like the days of Noah. People will eat, drink, and marry, but they will not be thinking about the coming of the Lord. Jesus asks us to always be prepared for his coming. How do we do that? (Pray every day and listen to what God is telling you. Read the Bible. Attend church and Sunday school. Follow the 10 Commandments and try to live like Jesus teaches us to in the Bible. Talk about God with our parents and grandparents. They can teach us a lot.)
2) Write about how we can be prepared for the coming of the Lord.
End with a prayer.
- The Story of Noah” Bible background written by Pastor Dean E. Larson
- The True Story of Noah’s Ark by Tom Dooley, Master Books, ISBN 0-89051-388-0
A lesson written by Kirsten from: Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James, MN