Noah and the Ark
Summary of Lesson Activities:
The children will dress in biblical costumes and conduct a news broadcast about Noah.
“God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations; I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'" Genesis 9:12-13, (NLT)
- understand the strength Noah displayed by building the ark
Teacher preparation in advance:
- 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.
- preview the cameras and know how to operate them.
- anchor desk
- 'man on the street' scene
- Movie camera with fresh tape
- biblical costumes
- life vests
Opening- Welcome and Introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself as well as any new child.
Open with prayer
Explain the purpose of this workshop: "Today you will experience the story of Noah and the Ark from a neighbor's perspective. You will enact a news broadcast about the "crazy man, Noah" and his boat.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Paraphrase the scripture: Genesis 6-9. (Encourage the children to use their Bibles to look up the passage.
Talk about what people may have thought and felt about Noah and his plan. What might they have thought when they saw the animals coming and what they might have thought about when they saw the first drops of rain.
(This script is only a suggestion, you may prefer to have the children write one of their own!)
narrator: Today's head line story is about one crazy man's attempted
depletion of our trees. Stay tuned for FUMC TV News at 10.
nephilim: Shalom. Later in today's broadcast, we will go live to Noah
to hear why he is depleting our forests. I'm Neph L. Em, bringing you all the news that is the news! But first, let's get an update from Gene.
gene: And I'm Gene E. Sis. Years ago, when Noah first began
cutting down a few trees, our citizens took little notice. When he told people he was building a boat, most people just thought, "Whatever". But after several years of tree clearing, people are growing worried about the long term effects of losing so much forest land. There is a national concern for the changing weather and possible soil erosion.
nephilim: (looking at Gene) Thanks for that update, Gene. (turns to face
camera) We go remote now to Cain's Orchard, Salad Bar, and Grill where Naamah is standing by for a live interview with the public. (pause) Naamah can you hear me?
naamah: (looking at camera with hand pressed to ear) Yes, Neph, I can
hear you fine. Thanks. I am standing here inside Cain's Orchard, Salad Bar and Grill where I have learned of a new skit that is performed daily for the patrons. It appears to be a spoof on Noah and it is growing in popularity. The actors are awaiting our cue so they can perform a small sampling of the skit for our viewing audience.
nephilim: (responding to Gene) Oh, now this should be fun! (speaking
into camera) Give them the cue, Naamah, we are ready to be entertained.
naamah: (signals 'actors' with a finger snap and pointing finger)
psuedo-god: Hey, Noah.
psuedo-noah: Hunh, who's there?
psuedo-god: It's me, god.
newscrew: (giggles and laughter)
psuedo-noah: Hey, god, what's up?
psuedo-god: The water will be soon. So, you need to build a boat.
psuedo-noah: (wide-eyed stupid voice) OK, am I going on a cruise?
psuedo-god: Well, you might say that.
newscrew: (more giggles and laughter)
psuedo-noah: Great. Can I take the Mrs, the old ball and chain?
psuedo-god: Sure. Take your whole family.
psuedo-noah: Sweet! I hope it's a family cruise to Disney World!
psuedo-god: No, it's more like a zoo cruise.
newscrew: (snickers and grins)
psuedo-noah: Sounds exotic.
naamah: As you can see, people are diving right into the spirit of this
skit. Everyone is in on the act! This God-requested-boat building has made Noah the object of everyone's jokes. But as those who have known him for years say, "he has never really fit in. He has never been like the rest of us. He has always talked about his God being better than ours and he doesn't know how to have fun like we do!" Noah isn't very well respected in these parts. (pause ~ speaking to the camera) Thanks, and now back to you, Gene.
gene: (speaking neph & chuckling) Now that is a funny skit. I would
like to go see it in its entirety after work tonight.
nephilim: (speaking to gene) Me, too, Gene, and I'm buying.
gene: That will be a first. (turns to camera) FUMC TV News at 10
prides itself on its unbiased reporting. So in our efforts to be fair, we have Jubal standing by for a live interview with Noah, himself!
nephilim: (speaking to camera) Jubal, can you hear us?
Jubal: (speaking into camera) Yes, I can. (pause) This is Jubal
reporting live. I am standing here with the man who has been on everyone's minds (speaking sarcastically) as a joke that is. (turns to Noah) Noah, would you like to tell us in your own words just how this 'little' project of yours got started?
noah: (wearing a life vest and holding an umbrella over his head)
Shalom. Thank you, Jubal, I would like that very much.
jubal: Very well, then, please feel free to begin. (act very disinterested and bored with Noah's story)
noah: I have always tried to be a righteous man and to follow
God's ways. I have stood alone among my peers who are corrupt and filled with violence. Then one day, God said to me, "I am going to put an end to all people...I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark…" and he gave me VERY detailed instructions on how to build it.
jubal: God talks to you? (make the crazy sign as Noah continues)
noah: God talks to everyone who listens. Oh, look, here they
come now. (animals are marching to the ark. make animal sounds) I would love to stay and tell you more about God, but I have His instructions to follow. It's time for my family and me to board the ark. (sounds of the approaching storm) Good bye.
jubal: Wow, this water is getting deep! Hey, Noah, can I use your
noah: You're too late…about 120 years too late!
(noise of door slamming)
jubal: (to the camera) Well, since Noah has left us and boarded his
boat, this concludes our interview. We'll go back to the studio now for the rest of our broadcast. (says to himself) Man, this water is getting deeper by the minute! (speaking to camera) Back to you, Neph.
neph: Thanks, Jubal. That was an interesting report!
gene: Well, I think that Noah person is all wet!
neph: He is certainly a strange bird!
(loud clap of thunder and lots of static before power outage and broadcast goes off!)
End of script
Allow children to view their work!
Close with prayer
Tidy and Dismissal:
Ask children to help tidy the room. Give any specific instructions for clearing the workshop room.
A lesson written by Cissy Green from: First UMC
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