Abraham and Sarah
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the Abraham and Sarah software (Sunday Software)/
Genesis 15 and Genesis 18.
In this workshop, the learners will use a special computer program to learn about the covenant God made with Abraham and Sarah and about their journey of faith with God.
- Read the Bible story.
- Read over the background material included in your teacher packet.
- You may want to preview the Abraham & Sarah CD to familiarize yourself with the operation of the software and what is expected of the students.
- Turn on all computers that you plan to use, making sure the speakers are on.
- Abraham & Sarah CD (Sunday Software), one for each computer station; make sure there is paper in the printers.
Opening- Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
1. In the blue room, introduce the story of Abraham and Sarah. Ask the children to retell the parts of the story that they know, or remember from earlier workshops. Tell them that today they will use the computers to hear and learn the story.
2. Allow the children to go to the computers. If you have more than 4, let them choose partners. Tell them that you will be telling them when to start and stop the program, so they will need to listen to you and follow your instructions.
3. Have them insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. The program will begin. Listen to the introduction and the opening song. When the song completes, remind them that this story is our story, too.
4. Our first lesson will be the story in Genesis 15—God makes a Covenant with Abraham. Have them move the cursor to “The Covenant” and they will see this reference. Then, click on “The Covenant.” Listen to the scripture passage that is read. Ask the question, “Why do you think God chose Abraham and Sarah for this covenant?” Along with their answers, you may mention that God must have seen something in their characters that would make them suitable for planting God’s people.
5. In the sky, have the children click on “Covenant” and listen to definitions of covenant. Then have them click on “Genesis 15:1-21.” Read, or have someone else read, this scripture. Then click on “Torch & Smoking Pot.” Listen to this explanation of the items mentioned in the scripture. Next click on “Altar.” Listen to this explanation of altars. You may want to discuss the question posed at the end of the altar explanation. Finally, click on “So . . .” As a group, discuss the questions posed. They are:
- What have you promised (covenanted) to God?
- What makes it hard to keep those promises?
- What persons or activities can help you do better at keeping those promises?
6. Move the cursor to the bottom left corner, and click (there may be a back arrow.) They will now look at a map of the area and of Abraham and Sarah’s journey. Click on “Map.” This map is of the Middle East at the time of Abraham and Sarah, around 2000 B.C.E. Let them study the map some, then tell them to look at the routes lit up as they click on numbers 1, 2, and 3. Do the exercise in G together.
7. Our next story is from Genesis 18—Angels Promise a Son to Sarah. Move the cursor to “The Visit”, see this reference, and click there. Move the cursor to the figure of Sarah, and click to listen to “Sarah’s Story.” After you hear this story, using the cursor, move around the outer edges of the picture and click on each story to listen to:
- Why I laughed.
- About my life.
- Sarah’s Song
8. Then click “View or Print lyrics and questions”. As a group, discuss each of the four questions. After the children give some of their answers to the questions, click on the question box to see another possible answer. Discuss these answers, too. Note: if desired, the children can view and/or print the lyrics to Sarah’s Song. It is not necessary for this lesson.
Have the children turn toward the center of the room for a closing discussion of faith. Ask them what their definition of faith is. Accept any of their answers, and add that faith is believing in something even though you can’t see it, and believing in something you are sure will happen even though it seems impossible. Remind them that Abraham and Sarah had a very strong faith in God and God’s promises in order for them to leave their home and believe that they would have a son that begins a multitude of descendents.
Ask them to turn back to the computers, and click on “Pay It Forward.” They should choose the “Congratulations” certificate and print it. Complete them together.
Abraham & Sarah CD, c. 2002, Sunday Software.
A lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian
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