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Day Three

Joseph and His Brothers Reunited 

God wants us to be sorry when we do wrong things
“But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.” Psalm 38:18 (NLT) 

Main Story:
Joseph’s brothers are sorry

Genesis 42-44 

Memory Verse:
Colossians 1:19-20-- For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  

Chex mix for the trail to Egypt.

Supplies List:

  • Dover Egyptian stencil books
  • Pencils
  • Paper (plain white)
  • Grain, rice, or beans for scooping and pouring
  • Bin to hold rice
  • Measuring cups, scoops
  • Pharaoh crown and collar
  • Drawstring bags
  • Soup supplies: (per jar – 2 jars per child)
  • 1 quart jar
  • 1/2 cup cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup green split peas
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup great northern beans
  • 1/2 cup yellow split peas
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillion granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onions
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried corriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Parchment paper for spice packets
  • Stickers
  • Label with recipe
  • Twine
  • bowls for beans
  • measuring cups/scoops (1/2 cup)
  • Hula hoop
  • Plastic goblet or cup 

Lesson Plan


Put on costumes (optional) and nametags. 



Hieroglyph stencils 

talk about how God helped Joseph to be a leader in Egypt


build block towers, knock over, apologize.
Talk about being sorry. 


scooping, pouring, measuring grain (rice)

[This was  a BIG hit!]

Remember how God helped Joseph to do an important job.

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Act out story:
big box becomes Pharaoh’s palace; crown, collar
put things in bags (for traveling, pretend sacks of grain) 


Storytelling Resources:
“God Provides for the Israelites in Famine” (Story 25) and “Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers” (story 26) The Gospel Story Bible, Marty Machowski 

What would you or I have done if we had been Joseph when his brothers first came to him? (Revenge maybe? Sent them to prison? Gone to get Jacob and Benjamin himself?)
But Joseph didn’t do this, did he? How did he respond? (He was patient. He gave them a chance to turn from their old wicked ways and to repent. He set it up so he could find out what was really in their hearts.) 

What do you think we can learn about God from this story? God is the one in control of everything, right? (He put Joseph in charge in Egypt. He is also the one who gave Joseph the grace to treat his brothers so well, to have so much patience with them and to lead them to repent. He let them get back to a good place where they could be part of the good things God was doing for his people.) 

Do you know that He treats us the same way? He is so patient with us! 2 Peter 2:9 says “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

Review memory verse from previous days. 

Learn more memory verse:
For in him – in who? Jesus
All the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. What does that mean? All that God is was there in the person of Jesus. And he was happy to be there!
And through him (Jesus) to reconcile to himself all things. What does the word reconcile mean? It means to restore a relationship – this is what we’ve been talking about! This is what God is all about – he is drawing his people to repentance so that we can enjoy relationship with him through Jesus!
whether in earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross – Jesus’ death on the cross is what satisfied God’s holy justice and makes sinners like us and Zacchaeus be able to know God and be forgiven by God. 

Activities After Storytime: 

Craft: (Missions)
As an outreach gift: layered soup jars: The children take the dry ingredients and place them into wide mouth mason jars carefully so they look like sand art. [With preschoolers, we had each child do this with a helper who held the jar while the child scooped. Two children filled their jars at a time while the others played at the centers.] The kids could make 2; one to take home and one that we could give to either our food bank or someone we know who needs a meal this week. (This idea is from CindyB at this site in the misc resources for Joseph list)

Tie this into the brothers coming to Joseph for food as well as blessing others in gratitude for God’s blessing us.
or [we used this one - there are many more on the internet]

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 Games: (outside if possible)
Explain that a silo is a place where a farmer stores grain and how Joseph stored grain so everyone could have enough food during the famine.
Procedure: Use a hula hoop as a silo. Tell the children to pretend they are seeds of grain. They must scatter around the room/playground and find a place to stand and wait until you call out, “Into the silo!” You are going to pretend to be Joseph gathering grain for Egypt. You will turn your back and close your eyes. When you call out, “Into the silo!” The children must run into the silo before you turn around and open your eyes (5 or 10 seconds later – count loudly to ten). Someone who doesn’t make it into the silo will be the next Joseph.
Adapted from 

Play “Hide and See”
Show two cups or goblets. While the rest of the kids cover their eyes, send two of them to hide the cups. Then, signal the others to open their eyes and find the hidden items. Repeat, sending two different kids to hide the items.
Say: In our Bible story, Joseph hid money in his brother’s sacks and a cup in Benjamin’s bag. Joseph.

This idea is from, but that page that is no longer on their site. 

Give some children a big helping of a snack mix. Have them share a portion with the others. Explain how during the time of famine in Egypt, Joseph, who had been given a lot of food, shared food with those who did not have any.

More time for playground, free play, and activity centers until we join the big kids for music, and then dismissal. 

Put away toys and clean up the room.
Send home projects with children. Make sure the parents know one jar of soup is for them and one is to give away.

A lesson posted by Amy Crane

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