Josiah the Boy King

 

4 Workshops: 

  1. Story
  2. Video
  3. Games
  4. Servant

 

Scripture basis:

2 Chronicles 34:1-33


Theme:

God wants us to take care of his Holy House and his Word.


Lesson Objectives: Kids will:

  • discover who Josiah was.
  • discover God’s Word is important
  • put into action ways we can tell others about God.


Bible Memory Verse:

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.” John 14:15

 


Storytelling Workshop

"Come Taste and See"

 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Tell the Bible story of Josiah in a fun way.

 

We used the script from "Don’t Get Wet Feet",  pgs. 44-45. 

Discuss with kids: What are some of God’s laws that he wants us to follow? (Josiah probably found the book of Deuteronomy or the five books of the Law –Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) What are some of God’s laws which are written in these books. . .have kids open Bibles to Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5. Kids might also like discovering more of God’s laws by reading the headings of some of the Bible chapters in these first five books of the Bible.

 

Learn the Bible Memory verse in a fun way with Memory Verse Hopscotch:

Make a hopscotch board outside on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk or inside with masking tape on the carpet. Write one word of the memory verse on an index card. Place an index card on each square of the hopscotch grid, in order. Have each child take turns tossing a small wooden block and hopping to that square. They may pick up the card and hop back. Kids should say the verse each time the child returns. As each child takes a turn, another card will be removed. . . at the end, kids should be able to say the verse without any cards to look at.

 

(The PK’s will enjoy hopping on the grid. . .say the Bible verse each time they return. Maybe each child would like a turn at saying the verse by themselves when they are finished hopping. . .or maybe, hop and say the verse with them with each hop?)

 

Have kids complete their Prayer Pocket take-home. Remember, the kids keep their completed sheet in their pocket, the additional copy is taken home to do with parents. (You will need to make prayer pockets for the 1st Grade class. Other grades should still have theirs from last year.)

 

Closing:

 

Close in prayer.




 

 

Video Workshop

1st-5th grade

 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Before kids arrive, write: “you love, you will if my commands me obey.” John 14:15, on the chalk board. Have kids correct the memory verse using their Bibles and looking up the verse.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Explain to kids that it is important that they know how to use their Bibles. They need to use them and become familiar with then, so that God’s Word can teach them as they grow. Have them find:

 

  1. the table of contents
  2. Exodus 20 (the 10 commandments)
  3. Matthew 6 (the Lord’s Prayer
  4. the book of Proverbs . . .written by King Solomon
  5. the concordance (How is this used?)


View Video: “It’s A God Thing”:

 

Discuss:

How can God’s Word keep you from sin? How can God’s Word help you choose the right path? How can others know that you are one of God’s children?

 

Closing:

 

Close in prayer.

The PreK’s –

Have kids view “ Heaven’s Troopers “(Cherub Wings series). After the kids have watched the movie, ask: What is another name for God’s Word? (the Bible) How can we tell others about God?

 

Create Bible Memory Cards to take home: Fold index card in half with the memory verse inside. Place the black construction paper on the outside as a Bible cover. Have kids carefully staple to look like a book. Place a Bible sticker on the cover. Say the Bible verse together.

 

Sing the “B-I-B-L-E” (music included)

 

Close in prayer.




 

Games Workshop

 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:


As kids arrive, have them sit in a circle on the floor during the story, encourage them to pantomine the actions. Say:  "Today’s Bible story tells us that God’s Word is important. 

Josiah was only eight years old when he became king. He was a good king who obeyed God. How can we obey God?"

 

Begin telling the Bible Story of Josiah from Faithweavers curriculum (Group Publishing, pg. 49, Prek/K)

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 

“Who’s Got the Word?” game – Using the pocket-sized Xtreme Good News as told by John Bible (in the tub), look up the Bible memory verse for this rotation. (John 14:15) Discuss with kids what some of God’s commands might be? Then have the kids sit in a circle and cover their eyes. Give each child a Bible from the classroom and have them hold it on their laps. Choose one child who will hide the pocket-sized Bible and come back and sit with the others. Let the kids open their eyes and search for the Bible in the room until they find it. After the pocket sized Bible is found, have kids open their Bibles and find John 14:15. First one to find the verse gets to hide the pocket-size Bible again. After several turns say, How do you think King Josiah felt when his workers found the Bible in the Temple? King Josiah knew that God’s Word is important. Something so important had been lost, and now it was found! King Josiah and the people promised to follow God’s Word. We can follow God’s Word and love God, and we can love others and tell others about God.

Scroll Story: Cut a 96” length of narrow newsprint from the roll provided. Divide into 12” sections. Have each child (or two, if you have more in the class) illustrate the following parts of the Josiah Bible story, starting from the left end of the paper.

1. Draw a small boy with a crown on his head.
2. Draw a young king reading a scroll
3. Draw the king breaking the altars and idols.
4. Draw a picture of a temple or a church
5. Draw an open scroll with a Bible verse printed on it.
6. Draw a priest holding the scroll with open mouth speaking to the king.
7. Draw a king reading the scroll to a large group of people.
8. Draw a crowd of people who are happy, having just heard the Word of God.

When the drawings are finished, roll up the paper. . .like a scroll. (Can tape dowels to the end and roll around if you wish.)Unwind as you review the story with the children.

 


The Pre-K. Version

 

Have the kids sit at the table and give each a 24” length of narrow newsprint from the roll and copies of the Bible story pictures. Paraphrase the story that they just heard, having the kids glue the pictures on the paper in the right order. (Use glue sticks!) If time allows, have kids color the pictures. Tape the left hand side of the length of paper to one of the dowel sticks and the right hand side to the other dowel stick. Roll the left hand stick up until you some to the first picture the child has glued. While you hold the left hand side of the stick still, have each child roll the right hand stick up to meet the other. Have the kids practice telling the story, unrolling the scroll at each picture. Encourage them to share the story with family members.

 

Closing:

Close in prayer, thanking God for his Holy Word. Help us to tell others about His Word and about God during the week.




 

Bible Servant Workshop

 

Bible Memory Verse:

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.” John 14:15

 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Read: "Josiah’s Treasure" from Kids Tell’em Bible Stories
( pages 46-49)

Read “A Fine, Young King” from Bible Hero Adventures-Old Testament, 58-61

 

Have kids help “clean the temple” as Josiah ordered, by going into the church Sanctuary or other worship space and cleaning. Give kids dust cloths, dusting spray, damp wash cloths to wipe tables, chairs, blinds, window cleaner, vacuums etc. Encourage them to do a thorough job cleaning God’s house. 

 

On yellow sticky notes, write: “Cleaned by:” then have kids write their names on the note. Place the sticky notes on the item that was cleaned and have kids stand next to the note when finished.

 

If time allows, begin tossing a soft ball from one child to another while each stands next to their sticky note. As each child catches the ball, have them say, “THANK YOU GOD, for -------(clean windows in your house! Vacuumed floors in your house! Etc.) Continue tossing the ball in the same sequence establishing a pattern. Once the pattern has been established, add a second ball to the game. Conclude the game when both balls reach the end.

 

Closing:

 

Give a cheer: THANK YOU GOD FOR YOUR HOUSE WHERE WE CAN SERVE YOU!


Lesson enhancements added by Wormy.

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