Noah and the Ark
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the video "Noah and the Ark" video "The Greatest Adventures" Series
Nahum 1:7, Genesis 6:22, and Genesis 9:13.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Preview the video.
- Gather the materials.
- "Noah and the Ark" video.
Advanced Preparation Requirements:
- Have the video ready to go when the kids arrive.
- Pop the popcorn
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and Introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection
Talk about covenant – what it means and what it includes. (See reference sheet: The Covenant, God’s Nature Revealed - A Biblical Explanation). This is the most important part of the lesson. Be sure to give special emphasis to the information included.
Show Video: Noah’s Ark, The Greatest Adventures (Show clip from video, @ 5 minutes. Start where Noah releases the Raven, about 20 minutes into the video, and go to the end. The rainbow appears and the narrator quotes the scripture.) NOTE: There are extra characters in the video that you will want to point out as not a part of the true story.
Bible Passage: Review the story from your choice of the passages. Always tell the children where in the Bible the story is found. NOTE: Special emphasis should be given to the promises made to Noah by God.
- God placed a rainbow in the sky and promised that he would never destroy the earth with a flood again. Do you think God will keep His promises?
- What do you think might be one reason a dove and olive branch are used today as symbols of peace? How do you think Noah felt when he saw the dove return with the olive branch?
- Today, the rainbow is used as a sign of hope and healing. What do you think about when you see a rainbow? What do you think Noah thought when he saw the first rainbow?
NOTE: The symbol that God used to show that he would be faithful to His covenant was "a bow in the cloud" (9:13). The Hebrew word for "bow" refers to a weapon. So, Israel did not view the rainbow as a beautiful sight in the sky to remind them of God’s promise. They viewed it as a weapon of God’s wrath that he had put away forever, a reminder to Him that He would never use it again for destruction.
Show Film Strip: The Great Escape, Farm Yard Capers (@ 12 minutes)
- Why do you trust people? When do you trust information that people give you? How do you act when you believe what you are told?
- Why did some ants believe Willie and why didn’t the others? Why did some ants choose to go to safety? What kind of ants stayed behind?
- What are similarities between this story and the story of Noah?
- How do you think Willie felt when some of the ants wouldn’t believe him? How would you feel if you were asked to work for 120 years to build a large boat in the middle of the desert? How would it make you feel if all of your friends and neighbors made fun of you?
- Why was it important for the ants to follow directions immediately? Could the people in Noah’s day get on the ark after it started to rain? Why not? Why is it important for us to follow God’s directions now?
Reflection Time: Shepherds will work with the children on their prayer journals and close with prayer.
Prayer: Encourage the children to come back next week for the next workshop, and to bring their friends.
A lesson written by Steve Klusmeyer.
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