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Abraham and Sarah

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Discover the meanings of some names in our Bible story and discover the meaning of their own name. Make large name posters.

 

Scripture References:  

Genesis 17:1-8, 15-22 and Genesis 21:1-7

 

Lesson Objective:

To learn the meanings of some names in our Bible story and to discover the meaning of our own names.

  


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture for this lesson.
  • Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Bibles
  • Poster board or large paper for each participant
  • two posters with "Sarah" and "Abraham" written on them in large open-faced letters
  • markers and/or crayons
  • glue, glitter, stickers, fabric
  • old magazines & scissors
  • baby name book

 



Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 

Lesson Plan:

 

1. Read Genesis 17:1-8, 15-22 and discuss the meaning of Abraham and Sarah's names. Why do they think God named them as God did? How/why are these names and these people important to history? to us? Do their names "fit" with their personalities?

2. Read Genesis 21:1-7 and discuss the meaning of Isaac's name. How/why is Isaac important to history? to us? Does his name fit it's meaning?

3. Look up the meanings of the participants names. Be prepared for unique names - many times they are a derivative of another name. Discuss each participants name and if it's meaning seems to fit that person.

4. Have each participant make a giant name poster with their name written in bold open-faced letters. You may decide to use templates or have them prepared beforehand.

5. Have the participants fill in the letters with ideas, drawings, and other things that interest them personally. Use magazine pictures, glitter, sequins, markers, etc. They might include things they like, words that describe them or even the meaning of their name. You might have some examples, samples of ideas to fill in their letters.

 

Closing:

6. End in prayer thanking God for names and for all the ways we are unique and special.

7. If time allows, have participants fill in and decorate the poster with things about Abraham and Sarah.


A lesson written and originally posted by St Elmo's Choir, a rotation writing group. 

 

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

 

Abraham and Sarah

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities: 

The children will understand the age of Sarah and why she was so old when Isaac was conceived. Make "old lady" puppets using carved, dried apples for faces. Emphasize the story of the three visitors Abraham received at the Tree of Mamre and the fulfillment of God's promise by the births of Ishmael and Isaac and the role that each son plays in our world today. The author notes: "This has been one of the favorite art projects for our children." 

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 18:1-15, 21. (This is too much for the children to read, so much of it can be paraphrased.)

Memory Verse:  

God took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them." Then He said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness." Genesis 15:5-6 (NLT)

 


Workshop Objectives — After completing this Rotation, participants will be able to:

  • think about God's promises
  • understand what God wants from us
  • understand that Abraham's and Sarah's child was a miracle from God
  • know that the trinity is alluded to at the Tree of Mamre.

 

 


Leader Preparation: 

  • Read the scripture passages and lesson plan.
  • Learn the memory verse.
  • Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located.
  • Prepare dried apples for 1st week, only;
  • Prepare a finished dried apple Sarah doll.

 

Supply List:

  • pictures of women of different ages
  • picture of newborn male
  • food dehydrator
  • vegetable peelers
  • plastic water bottles for doll body
  • fresh 'golden delicious' apples, one per student
  • large craft sticks
  • tacky glue
  • markers
  • gray or white yarn

 

Room set-up:

 

Tape pictures of women on the board

 

 



Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Introductions:


Greet the children and introduce yourself as well as any new children.

Open with prayer

Explain the purpose of this workshop: "Today we will discuss the three visitors Abraham received at the Tree of Mamre and the fulfillment of God's promise by the births of Ishmael and Isaac and the role that each son plays in our world today. "

Before reading the scriptures, use the pictures of various ages of females and ask the children to identify the following:

 

a daughter
a mother
an aunt
a grandmother
a great-grandmother
a wife
a sister

Have the children vote by raising their hand to identify which picture is most likely to have a newborn baby. Ask a volunteer to tape the baby picture below the selected female's picture.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 


Scripture/Bible Story:


Read the scripture: Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-20. (Encourage the children to use their Bibles to look up the passage. Talk about how the Muslims are descendants of Ishmael and Jews, thus Christians are descendants of Isaac.

 

Make certain the children understand the age of Sarah and why it is a miracle from God that she gave birth to Isaac.

Pass out an apple and vegetable peeler to each child and instruct them to peel their apple. After they are through, instruct them to carve the semblance of a face. Explain that these will be for next week's children because it takes several days to dry the apples. Place the fresh apples in the dehydrator for next week's children.

Give each child a dried apple face, puppet body and large craft stick. Instruct the children to insert the craft stick into the bottom of the face and then glue the puppet body onto the face. They may use markers to embellish the facial features and yarn for hair. Remember, these puppets are to reflect the age of Sarah when she gave birth to Isaac.

 


Reflect:  Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

As the children are working, discuss the following:

  • What does it mean to keep a promise?
  • We want to believe that God will keep His promise but how can we know?
  • How can we be patient?


This is what Abraham and Sarah were faced with when God promised them a son. Sarah desperately wanted a child and couldn’t wait so she thought of a way in which she and Abraham could become parents. She decided to copy the custom of the people who lived close, in order to solve her problem. She would let Abraham be with her slave-girl, Hagar. Abraham agreed to her plan and soon Hagar was with child. Hagar began to brag about having a child and Sarah couldn’t take it. Sarah was jealous and treated Hagar so poorly that Hagar took her child and ran away.

When Abram was 99 years old, God appeared and once more repeated the promise of land and descendants. As token of this binding covenant, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (which means father of a multitude). Sarai’s name was changed to Sarah which means princess.

This time, when the Lord promised that a son would be born to Sarah (who was now 90 years old), Abraham literally fell down laughing at the very idea. God explained that a boy would be born within a year and should be named Isaac, meaning “he laughed”.

Later, when Abraham was resting from the afternoon heat in the shade of his tent, three strangers suddenly appeared. Abraham rushed to welcome them and ordered a feast to be prepared as was the custom of the time. After the visitors sat down and ate, the stranger revealed His identity as the Lord by repeating the promise that Sarah would have a son.

This time Sarah laughed out loud at the idea that someone as old as her would have a child. The Lord responded “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Terrified, Sarah said that she didn't laugh at the Lord, but the Lord responded “No, you did laugh.”

Abraham and Sarah did have a son, which they named Isaac as God commanded.

The Bible says it wasn’t until Sarah was far too old to conceive that the promise was kept. It is difficult to be patient, especially when we are trusting in a God we can’t see and cannot touch.

 


Review the memory verse:


The children will practice the memory verse by use of their puppets

 


Closing prayer:


Dear God, thank You for honoring us with your covenant with Abraham and thank you for giving us the Bible with instructions for keeping our part of the covenant. Help us to better understand the people with different religions. And please help those who are fighting in the Middle East.


Additional Suggestions:

You will need to decide how best to adjust the lesson for older and younger students. Keep the children active and involved in the activity.


A lesson written by Cissy Green from: First UMC  

Beebe, AK

 

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Abraham and Sarah

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Create cross sand art using a kit.

 

Additional suggestions from Forum Moderator: "make sand design on poster board stars or create pictures with story designs. Dried Jello is also a source of "colored sand." And it smells good."

 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the story ahead of time.
  • Try the art project.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Pre-cut cross sticky-boards -- Oriental Trading co. Item number IN-48/1516 (Sand Art Cross Picture Craft Kit)
  • colored sand
  • newspaper or other paper (for easy cleanup)

 


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer. 

 

Dig-Main Content and Review:

 

Story Review: We used a story called "The Promise" which I'm not sure of the source. It's a review of the story of Abraham and Sarah. You can use any children's Bible account that covers the discussion questions below.

 

 

Discussion:

  • What did God promise Abraham and Sarah? (Land, Many Descendants (through a son), that Abraham would be father of great nation)
  • What is a descendant? The children of someone, or their grandchildren, or great grandchildren or great-great grandchildren, or so forth and so on
  • How did Abraham and Sarah show their faith in God? They traveled to a new land leaving behind their family and friends because God told them too.
  • Did Sarah doubt God? She had some doubt (according to Genesis 18 she actually laughed at God) because she thought she was too old to have children, but she wanted to believe that God could do anything.
  • How did God bless Abraham and Sarah for their strong faith? He gave them a son (as he had promised) even though it seemed impossible because they were too old.
  • What great nation did Abraham become the father of? Israel
  • Who is Abraham’s most famous descendant? Jesus


Because Abraham was so faithful God blessed and honored Abraham and Sarah by having their descendant be the Savior of the world. Their descendant, Jesus, became the salvation of all people by dying on the cross and rising from the grave.

 


Activity:

 

Sand Art Project

The sticky boards will have precut crosses on them. The students will peel off a portion of the board and cover with colored sand; they can then lightly tap the board to remove any excess sand from that area. They can then move on to another portion of the board removing another section and putting another color on the board until all areas of the board are covered. There should be a sample available to show the kids what the finished project might look like.

 


Closing:

Have the children assist with the cleanup.

 

End with a prayer:

 

Heavenly Father, we know that you have a plan for us, help us to hear your will for our lives and give us the faith to follow you when it is the hardest, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 


A lesson written by "Sunshinesally" from: Alive in Christ Lutheran Church  

Columbia, MO

 

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

 

Abraham and Sarah

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Students will create a “star curtain” for use in the drama room, as a reminder of the story. They will create a “Promise Print” to take home with them.

  

Scripture References:

Genesis 12, 13:14-18, 15, 17-18

Memory Verse:  

Genesis 17:7 “ I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and you descendants for generations to come…”

(With younger children, use the word “promise” in place of covenant)

 


Workshop Objectives — After completing this Rotation, participants will be able to:

  • Students will know who Abraham and Sarah were.
  • Students will understand the concept of a “covenant.”
  • Students will remember the promises God made to them in baptism.

 


 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials. 

Supplies List:

  • Picture of the Old Woman and Child (Entitled “Presentation” from Augsburg Fortress "Firelight" Series Fine Art Posters)
  • One dark blue shower curtain for each class.
  • Yellow, White, and Orange Acrylic Paints, Glow in the dark puff paint
  • Star Shaped stamps
  • Paper plates, Newspaper and paint shirts
  • Construction paper
  • Star shaped confetti
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Yellow Paper
  • Star Shaped Patterns (approximately 7 inches high) 


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction (5 minutes)

 

As children come in, have them put on a paint shirt before they sit at the table.
Talk about the woman in the photo. Who is she? Who is the child? How do they think the woman is feeling and why?

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 


Story Presentation (10 minutes)

 

Tell the story of Abraham and Sarah. Sarah was too old to have children, but God made a promise and a miracle happened! The woman in the picture could have been Sarah.

Highlight the promises God made to Abraham in the covenant.

  • Make a great nation (later, to make his descendants number like the stars.) and to make his name great
  • Land
  • Bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him


Talk about how we are all part of that family through God. In Baptism we become part of the family of God, and become one of Abraham’s descendants. (With older children, talk about the promises in baptism. Use the “Lutheran Book of Worship” page 121 as a resource.)

Sing “Father Abraham” together to reinforce the story. (Especially with younger children)

 


Learning Activities


(10 minutes) Use the stamps to put stars on the curtain. (One panel for each group.) older children may add some swirls with the glow in the dark paint. When the group is finished, carefully hang the curtain from the window curtain rods using a few of the rings for hanging the curtain.

(15 minutes) Have children trace their hands on construction paper and cut them out. (The younger students will need help.) Have them trace and cut a star from the yellow paper as well. (pre-cut these for the younger students) On the Star write “I am one of them, and so are you.” Have students write their name on their hand print and glue it to the opposite side of the star.

Students can decorate the star using glitter, markers, and confetti. Allow for their creativity. As they work, talk about what the star represents in the story of Abraham. If time allows, they can make a second star to give to a family member. Encourage students to share the Bible story with their families at home during the week.

 

 

Checking for Understanding

 

As the children work, talk with them about the promises God makes for us each day. How do we remember those promises. (The baptismal font in worship, when other people are baptized, when we take communion, when we pray…etc.)

 

Closing:

 

End with prayer together after you clean up.


Alternate Idea (provided by a moderator):


Rather than create a curtain for the classroom, have the kids create a 'nighttime sky' made out of glow-in-the-dark paints, stars and symbols that could go home to their bedroom (or hang big in the church hallway). Fix it to a clear sheet of plastic cut from a clear shower curtain. Write scripture verse with glow in the dark paint to create a "take home" sky.


 

 

A lesson written by rotation.org member MMB.

 

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Art Ideas for Abraham and Sarah

This is a consolidation of posts.  


Member Barbara in Portland

We made white felt "covenant stoles." Kids put stars (...as many descendants as stars...) and other symbols from the story or whatever they wanted. They have worn them in church on special occasions.


Member Sharon Jean

We made stoles like the pastor uses sometimes. They will remind the children that God will faithfully wrap them in his promises as the stoles wrap around their shoulders. For younger children, cut the stoles in advance, out of felt. Have the older kids cut a stole from felt. Use a pattern for the felt. Just make a piece of paper long and narrow with the middle a little smaller than both ends. Pin it down and cut around it.

Using star patterns and pencils or chalk, help kids trace star patterns on felt and fabric scraps. Let them be creative (our kids loved it), by combining textures of fabric and yellow and gold in the material that is selected. Help the kids arrange their stars in a random pattern or in a symmetrical design. Avoid too many stars around the neck area. This will allow for smoother draping. Make glue available and tell the kids to attach their stars to their stoles. Trims, such as gold braid, buttons or sequins, may be added to enhance the stoles.

Ask the students to put on their stoles. Read Hebrews 11:8-12 to them. Remind them of the ways in which God's promises were fulfilled in the lives of Abraham and Sarah and that God is still faithful today.


Member MMB

...referred to her posted lesson and added...  Something we did as a part of our "open house" to end the rotation was to have the children make doorknob hangers. We bought the pre-made foam hangers at a craft store and the children wrote a memory verse on it and decorated it with stars, crowns, footprints, and hearts to remind them of the promises God made to Abraham. It was wonderful to watch them share this activity with their parents, but they could just as easily do it alone in a craft workshop.


Member Cindy Merten

You could do something with sand art either on paper or in jars and attach the scripture about God's promise that Abraham and Sarah's descendents would number more than the grains of sand. You can buy colored sand from Oriental Trading in conveniently sized jars.


Member Maureen Lefebvre

We explored name meanings in the Bible story and the children made a poster of their name with its meaning and decorated it. We put these up on the Sunday School bulletin board.  (Moderator notes: Refer to this lesson by St. Elmo's Choir, which used this concept.

 

A completed blessing box with a blessing card

Abraham and Sarah

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Decorate and learn how to make use of a blessing box. Discuss blessings in their lives and how they can bless others. 

  

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 12:1-9; 13:14b-18, 15:1-7, 15:18a, 17:1–9, 17:15–17; 18:1–15; and 21:1-3


Key Verse: 

“I will always keep the promise I have made to you and your descendants, because I am your God and their God.” Genesis 17:7 (CEV)


Workshop Objectives

After completing this Rotation, participants will be able to:

  • Name that the story is found in the first book of the Old Testament,Genesis.
  • (3rd grade and up) Locate the story in the Bible.
  • Tell in his/her own words the story of Abraham & Sarah – their call to leave home to travel to a distant land, the promises God made to them, their faith (which sometimes waned while waiting years, and finally the birth of the promised son, Isaac.
  • Define a covenant as an agreement or promise with conditions. Identify the covenant God made with Abram (land and many descendants; blessings and to be a blessing to others).
  • Describe blessings in their lives. Discover the potential of blessing another person.

 


 Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture for this lesson.
  • Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Easel; appropriate maker
  • Adventure Bibles (NIV) and at least two CEV Bibles (for 3rd grade and up)
  • On-My-Own Reader Bible (one copy)
  • Plain, undecorated boxes (one for each student)
  • Instruction sheets (one for each student -- see attached file below)
  • Glue sticks (one for each student)
  • Decorating items, including: Markers, Decorative (scrapbook) paper, Scissors, (regular and decorative), Sharpie markers (for 3rd grade and up) and other miscellaneous decorative items
  • Blank Blessing cards (10 for each student)

 

Before Start of Class:

  • Write the key Bible verse on the easel.
  • Familiarize yourself with the blessing box materials, and review the instruction sheet (attached) so that you are familiar with what the Blessing box is and how it should be used.
  • Bookmark the leader’s Bible at the very start of the New Testament.

 



Presentation

 

Opening – Welcome & Lesson Introduction:

 

Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to the Art Workshop. Introduce yourself and have the Shepherds introduce themselves. 

 

Ask: Can you tell me about how people might get messages to each other? (allow a few answers - i.e., phone, text, e-mail, walk over to their house, etc.)

Say: In the Bible story we are learning about, a man named Abram, [pronounced AY- bram] gets some special messages from God.

 

Ask: If God wanted to send a message to you, how do you suppose God might do that? (allow a few answers) Perhaps add…Have you ever had a really strong “gut feeling” about something, or maybe you were feeling sad and someone came up to you and said just the right thing to make you feel better?

 

Say: These are ways that God speaks to us: through other people, through the Bible, or even being out in nature. Today we are going to learn about an important message that God is hoping that we hear. And we’ll talk about a way that can help us to hear this special message. First let’s start with prayer.

 

Ask: What shall we pray for today?” [Helpful wording: “How would you say that in a prayer?”] A suggested prayer: “Dear God, we thank you for this time together to share words from the Bible, and to learn more about how you speak to us. We thank you for the blessings you give us… pray for any thankfuls… We thank you for the chance to learn to be a blessing to other people. In blessing others we offer our prayers for … pray for requests. End with the Lord’s Prayer. Amen.

 

 

Dig - Main Content & Reflection:

 

Say: Let’s say that God sends your parents a message that they are going to have to move. You are going to start over someplace new and wonderful, but far away from friends and family. Oh, and by the way, you will live in a tent in this new place.

 

Ask: What would your reaction be to this news? (accept a few responses)

Do you suppose you’d be able to just pack up and go – without knowing much about the place you were asked to move to?

 

Say: We are going to hear a Bible story today about a family that received such a message from God. God told them to move a long way from their home. Even though God did not use a phone, we describe this message as being a call – a call to action with a very important message.

 

Ask: If Jesus learned this story when he was your age, would we find it in the Old Testament or the New Testament? (in the Old Testament)

Does anyone remember from watching the Buck Denver movies this summer, what the word Testament means? Say: The word “testament” comes from the Latin word “testamentum,” which means “oath” or “covenant.” A covenant and an oath are promises, so the word testament means a “promise.”

 

Do: On the easel, connect the word “Testament” with a line drawn to the word “promise” (in the key verse). Then as you say the next words, show the portions of the Bible that are the Old & the New Testament.

 

Say: The Bible is divided into two testaments – the Old Testament and the New Testament, the old promise and the new promise.

Ask: What is the difference between the two testaments?

Say: The Old Testament is stories that Jesus learned as a child. The Old Testament was the only “Bible” that existed in Jesus’ time. The New Testament was written after Jesus had died and was raised from the dead. The New Testament tells us the story of Jesus’ life and the start of the church after Jesus’ resurrection. Besides being divided into two testaments, the Bible is divided into 66 books.

 

Ask: Does anyone know which book our Bible story is from?

Say: Our Bible story is found in the book of Genesis. Genesis is the first book of the Bible.

 

For 3rd grade and up:

 

Do: Distribute Bibles, making sure that at least two students have a CEV Bible (but don’t point out that theirs is different).  Have everyone find Genesis, chapter 12, verse one.

 

Say:  Our story is long. It includes parts from chapter 12 all the way up to chapter 21. That is too much for us to read right now; read this at home with your families. Let’s look up our key Bible verse – this is the verse that we try to learn during each Rotation.

 

Do: Have the students find Genesis 17:7. Ask a student with an Adventure Bible (NIV) to read the key verse out loud.

 

Ask: Did anyone notice that when our verse was being read, that what their Bible said was different?

 

Say: I have purposely passed out Bibles that are what we call different “versions.” There are also many different versions of the Bible. Leave your finger in this place in the Bible, but if you look on the spine of your Bible you’ll see in this case, letters “NIV” or “CEV.” Do: Have everyone look at the spine of their Bible. Say: “NIV” stands for New International Version and “CEV” stands for Contemporary English Version. These are just two different versions of the Bible. Various versions are written for different reasons. NIV sticks as closely as possible to the original Hebrew and Greek words. CEV stays close to the expressed ideas, but it doesn’t always follow the exact original wording or word order.

 

 

For all students:

 

Say:  Since our story is so long, I’ll use a story Bible to tell you about the family called by God to move away from their home. The main character in our story is an old man named Abram. At the start of our story Abram is 75 years old. His wife Sarai [pronounced sah-RYE] is about 65. They were probably older than your grandparents. (You'll probably have to hear how old some of their grandparents are!)

 

Do:  Read them the story on pages 24-31 in the On-My-Own Reader Bible.

Show pictures (if appropriate) as you read the story. In later weeks of the Rotation, ask students to tell you the story.

 

Say: I am so thankful! I consider myself blessed to have heard our Bible story!

 

Ask: Have you ever thought of what a blessing it is to be able to hear?

What does it mean to be “blessed?” (allow a few responses)

 

Say: Being blessed means that you’ve received something good. In our story, God promised that he would bless Abram.

 

For 3rd grade and up:

 

Say: Let’s look up that part in the Bible.

 

Do: Have students look at Genesis 12:1. Introduce that this is God speaking to Abram (by looking at first part of 12:1). Then look at the first part of Genesis 12:2. “I will bless you.”

 

Say: God tells Abram, “I will bless you.”

 

 

For all students:

 

Ask: If being blessed means receiving something good, at this point in our story – where God is first telling Abram his important message – what good thing did Abram receive from God in that message? (answer looking for: a promise)

 

Do: Refer to the easel connect the word “promise” (in the key verse) with a line to the word: “covenant.”

 

Say: God gave Abram a promise; a special promise we call a covenant.

 

Ask: What was the covenant that God made with Abram? [If necessary for grades 3 and up, refer to Genesis 12:1-3.]

 

Say: When you read all of this story you will see that God repeats this promise over and over. God promised Abram that he would have a huge family – children and grandchildren and great grandchildren; eventually becoming a great nation of people. God said that Abram would have many blessings and that Abram would be a blessing to others.

 

Ask: What does it mean to be a blessing to others? (allow a few answers)

 

Say: To receive a blessing means to receive something good, so to give a blessing, or to be a blessing to someone else, means to give good things. Receiving a blessing feels good but giving a blessing – that feels really great doesn’t it? Giving blessings is powerful stuff!

 

Ask: Remember when I said that I felt blessed to have been able to hear? Do you suppose that there are other little things like that – little blessings that we don’t think much about…like having a loving family and a safe home… Why do you suppose it would be helpful to recognize all of those blessings? Remember when I said that today we would learn about an important message that God is hoping that we hear? Does anyone know what that message is?

 

Say: That’s right: God loves us! God wants to give us many blessings! Recognizing and remembering blessings we have received, reminds us of how much God loves us. Having a way to remember blessings we have given to others can remind us to continue blessing other people! Today you will create a special, beautifully decorated box to store memories of your blessings, both given and received. We’ll call this a Blessing Box.

 

 

Make Blessings Boxes

 

Do: Pass out a box and an instruction sheet and a glue stick to each student.

 

Say: This blessing box comes with instructions on how to use it. Glue the instruction sheet on the top inside flap of your box. [Have them do that now.]

 

Do: Read through the instruction sheet with the younger students (1stand 2nd graders). Have the3rd grade and up students take turns reading the instruction sheet aloud. Next, pass out the blank blessings cards (10 cards per student).

 

A child works on decorating a blessing box

Say: These are blessings cards. Whenever you think of a blessing that you have received or have given, write it on one of these cards and put it in your “Family Blessings Box.” Now I’m sure that you are going to soon need more cards! Just use any piece of paper as a blessing card. The other thing that I'd really like for you to do is to write “your family name Blessing Box” somewhere on your box. For example, if my name was Joe Smith, I would write “Smith Family Blessing Box.”

 

Do:  Suggest places they could write this on the box (top cover, sides, etc.)

 

Say: After you have these two things done, you may decorate the rest of it however you like. [Distribute the materials that are available.]

 

 

Discussion: (while the kids are working)

 

Ask: As we work on our blessing boxes, can someone tell me about a blessing (or a good thing God has done for you) in your life? (allow many answers)

 

Do: Share a couple of your own blessings. [I shared how I've been writing down my blessings for the last few years and numbering them. I am close to 2,000!]

 

Ask: Who can tell me an example of how they have been ablessing to someone 

a child works on decorating his blessing box

else? (allow many answers)

 

Do: Share an example from your life. Then read the line in the instruct

 

ion sheet: “Blessings are actions that show God’s love. (You can be God’s hands and feet!)”

 

Ask: What does it mean to be God’s hands and feet? Why do people have to be God’s hands and feet?

 

 

Other topics for possible discussion:

 

Did God’s promises to Abraham come true?

  • (Many descendants! Do a family tree: Isaac → Esau & Jacob→ Joseph et al.
  • A blessing to others: Jesus is descendant of Abraham.

Did God’s promises to Abraham come true very quickly? (no! Abraham & Sarah waited 25 years to have their promised son Isaac)

 

These promises that God made to Abram seemed ridiculous. Why? (because he and his wife were old!)

 

What should you do if you hear from God and the message sounds ridiculous? (pray about it, ask for guidance, for clarity)

 

What do you suppose kept Abram/Abraham going for 25 years? (his strong faith! Faith is believing in God when it looks ridiculous)

 

Do you suppose that Abraham always trusted God without any doubts?

 

Throughout our story we read of Abram building altars to worship God. Abram built these altars as a reminder of God’s promises. How does the idea of writing down and storing your blessings in a box like building an altar? (is a way of worshiping God)

 

We had discussed how “testament” meant “promise” – so that we could say we have the “old promise” and the “new promise.” The old promise is the promises that God made to Abram. What is the new promise? (what Jesus did for us means that we have forgiveness, 2nd chances, and God always with us)

 

Do you suppose that we can be a blessing to someone, without them knowing it? Discuss the gift of giving blessings anonymously.

 

 

Closing:

 

Do: Remind the students to put the blessing cards inside the box, and close the class by blessing them: “Go out into the world knowing you are special in God’s eyes!” (Or, feel free to use you own favorite blessing!)

 

 

If you have extra time:

 

Have the students use their blessing paper slips to begin to write down their blessings in their own lives. They are welcome to additional Blessings cards if they need them.

 


  

 

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A lesson written by Chris Steinman Nelson and Carol Hulbert from: First United Methodist Church

Ann Arbor, MI


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We are exploring the story of God's promise of a baby to Abraham and Sarah by making aged portraits of the children.  They will hear the story, reflect on God's faithfulness through all generations and then make framed old-age portraits using an Aged-Photobooth App.  We are using an app called Old Fart Booth.  It is really easy to use and comes with some fun add-ons like hair, hats and glasses.  Students will decorate cardboard frames using stick-on foam mosaic tiles.  While they work, the teacher will take pictures of each child using the app and print them for framing.  A print-out of the memory verse will be attached in a speech bubble to the frame.

Discussion will focus on God's promises for us and how we too can trust in His faithfulness.  We'll end class with a prayer blessing on each student that they may trust in the God and grow in His love & wisdom.

We think this lesson will be full of laughter and learning - just like the story of Abraham and Sarah

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