Joseph in Egypt
God wants us always to trust Him
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5
Joseph trusts God (Potiphar, jail, interpreting dreams, working for Pharaoh)
Colossians 1: 17-18 -- And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
something from the baker (doughnuts)
- Cardboard crowns
- Stickers (hearts and stars)
- Stapler and staples
- Duplo people
- Add special cups and play cupcakes to the kitchen
- Jenga blocks
- Dried beans and rice
- Bowls or containers for beans and rice
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5 printed on cardstock
- Mat board or cardboard cut bigger than the Bible verse cardstock
- Glue sticks
- Tacky glue
- Paper plates
- Wet wipes for cleaning sticky fingers when they are done
- Feast or Famine game cards (at least 2 sets) - see note below
- Masking tape for the floor
- 8 heavy-quality plastic zippered sandwich bags full of dry beans (double-bag the beans and tape the plastic zippered bag closed)
- 2 laundry baskets
Put on costumes (optional) and nametags
Open with a prayer.
Decorate crowns with markers and stickers. Staple to correct size. Make sure name is on crown.
Discuss: we are His, therefore princes and princesses – just as Joseph was lifted up
Blocks: all week: Duplo play table
Add people and encourage children to start retelling the story of Joseph and his family. Remember their names.
Build a jail and a palace.
Remember the cup bearer and baker – special cups, pretend to bake, serve one another
Building foundations – with Jenga blocks – good foundation on table and bad foundation on pillow
Share what Jesus said in Matthew 7:
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Talk about what a foundation is. A sturdy foundation is important in order to build a sturdy building.
Jesus is our foundation. How do we build our house, our lives upon JESUS? Let’s back up…What other things do we build our lives on INSTEAD of Jesus? Remember: your reason for living is the FOUNDATION of your life. So what are some goals people might have for living OTHER than Jesus? [kids answer: toys, money, stuff, being important like Joseph thought he was after his dreams.]
So how do we build our lives on Jesus and not on all those other things? [kids answer] We repent and believe the things he says about himself. We KNOW him, not just about HIM, but Jesus himself. We learn to depend on him for forgiveness, for eternal life. We hear what he’s done for us, and it makes us want to obey!
Act out story:
large box becomes a prison
Say: Think about Joseph’s life. He has good days. He has bad days. Some days are really really good. And some days are really really bad.
Ask: How does he handle them?
What gets him through those really bad days? [faith in God; he trusted fully]
Say: Joseph chose to make the best of each situation he found himself in. Many of the places he ended up were bad, even though he did nothing wrong. But he chose to do his best in spite of those bad situations. He trusted God at all times, walking by faith, not by sight.
We also can choose how we respond to events in our lives.
Will we choose to trust God and stand in faith on our foundation of Jesus Christ, knowing he will not fail us?
Review memory verse from previous day.
Share the verses and define any unclear words and concepts:
What does it mean that Jesus is “before all things”? [go back to the idea from yesterday of “the firstborn of all creation”]
I wonder how “in him all things hold together”?
What is the body that he is the head of? [the church]
Notice that much of this verse talks about Jesus being the first, “the beginning.”
What does the word “preeminent” mean? [surpassing all others; more important, skillful, or successful than others]
Activities After Storytime:
Grain and bean collages:
(adapted from a 10 Commandments lesson plan for River Community Church by Amy Crane)
“If you have ever been to a museum or art gallery, you will have noticed that most works of art are framed. Today you are going to create a decorative frame for important words from God to all of us. [Show and read the verse.]
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5
EXPLAIN: You will use dried beans to make mosaics. You can put them down in some sort of pattern or design, or you can just randomly glue them to the frame to make a colorful textured frame. Each of you can design your own work. We are using dried beans to remind us how Joseph was in charge of collecting food in Egypt during the seven good years.”
Use the glue sticks to attach the Bible verse to the cardboard. Then, have the children decorate (frame) the Bible verse by gluing beans and rice in a pattern around the edge. (Put glue onto a plate and let them paint it where they want to stick things with the q-tips.)
As the children work, talk about how Joseph trusted God, even when things weren’t going well.
Match “Feast or Famine”
Use the game cards in one of the following ways.
(1) To play the memory game, print the cards on heavyweight paper or back them with construction paper. Place cards facedown in four rows of four cards. Players turn over two cards at a time, keeping them when they make a match, until all matches have been made.
(2) To play a matching game, match the “feast” picture to its “famine” version.
(3) To play a sorting game, sort each card into a “feast” pile or a “famine” pile.
While playing, talk about:
Life in a famine was hard. Joseph’s family needed food during the famine.
Why did God send Joseph to Egypt? (God sent Joseph to Egypt to save his family.)
[NOTE: unfortunately, the pdf with the cards is no longer at http://www.wheatonbible.org. You can make your own cards with pictures or clipart of things like cows [fat/thin], grain [healthy/wilted], river [full/dry], child [happy/sad], plant [healthy/dry], fruit bowl [empty/full] found online.]
Put the laundry baskets against one wall; put masking tape lines on the floor about 4 feet in front of them.
Say, “We are going to help Joseph fill his storehouse. He needed lots of food, like these beans, in order to feed all the people in Egypt. Line up behind the tape lines. One at a time, you will stand on the line and toss the beans into the basket to help Joseph fill the storehouse.”
Everyone gets to try until they get all four bags into the basket.
[This game was a BIG hit and we played it every day the rest of the week!]
Review the dream of the unfortunate baker and the other dreams as you enjoy the baked treat
More time for playground, free play, and activity centers until we join the big kids for music, and then dismissal.
Clean up the room.
Send home projects with children. The artwork will need to be carried flat until the glue can dry. Encourage the children to let their parents carry their artwork for them.
A lesson posted by Amy Crane
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