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Joseph

Video Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Watch the "Joseph in Egypt" by Nest Family followed by questions/discussion.


Scripture Reference:
Post the two Bible memory verses (Psalm 46:1 and Psalm 9:10); the children should already have their own copies. Repeat these two verses with the class before beginning to teach the lesson.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Have the video ready to go.
  • Pop the popcorn


Materials List:

  • "Joseph in Egypt" by Nest Family 
  • Popcorn


Lesson 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the children and their guide(s) to the workshop, introduce yourself, and open in prayer. Please try to start on time and end on time, and focus your attention on the children. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection: 

Teach the lesson as a brief review, asking for children to volunteer what they remember of the various parts of the story before you show the video.

WRITE on the Board several "Questions to Answer" and "Things to Look for" in the video. (get your questions from the discussion questions below).

Show the video Animated Stories: Joseph in Egypt by Nest Entertainment (1990).

Discussion possibilities:

  1. Did the video differ from the Biblical story of Joseph, and if so, tell how.
  2. In what ways did you see that God was present with Joseph both as a youth in Jacob’s household and as a young man in Egypt.
  3. How did the events of Joseph’s life help prepare him to be a ruler in Egypt?
  4. How did Joseph “give God the glory” in Egypt?
  5. How was Joseph humble in his attitudes and actions, and what was the consequence of this humility?
  6. Why do you think God values humility?
     

Journal: Answer the questions: What does “pride” mean to you? What does “humility” mean to you? Why do you think God values humility? 

Closing:
End with a large circle of prayer. Remind children that next week we start a new rotation, and to come with their Bible and a friend. 

NOTE:  We do our video workshop all together on the last Sunday of rotation, serving popcorn with the video. Sometimes we add a “games” section at this time; we also precede and follow the video with a brief discussion. We have a drawing for “attendance prizes”. Each week of rotation the children put their names on tickets that are saved for the fourth Sunday, when there is a drawing for prizes. Sometimes we also add a missionary story feature to the video Sunday to teach about the places that our Sunday school offering is used (it’s all used in missions).


A Sunday School lesson written by rotation.org member "lerner" from: Silverdale UMC
Silverdale, WA 

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Joseph

Video Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Watch the movie "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with questions/discussion. 

Lesson Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will finish watching the video of Joseph’s story. 


Leader Preparation:

  • Watch the video ahead of time.
  • Become familiar with the story.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Have the video ready to go when the children arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn

Supplies List:

  • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” video from Universal
  • Book:  "The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories".
  • Popcorn


Presentation 

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. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection: 

Lesson Plan:

Prior to showing the video, share key concepts and ideas. Write out on the board several questions the children will be asked to answer at the end of the video.

Explain that they are going to see a musical about the Bible story.

  1. The part of the video to be watched takes about 45 minutes. Start the video where Joseph is in the cage. There are white and black circles on the floor and he begins singing. As they are watching asks how he feels? Accept any answer but lead them to understanding he feels he is not important and due to the fact that he is an Israelite, he knows he is not alone. He (as an Israelite) has been promised a land of his own.
  2. When the baker and the butler come in tell them to watch for the humor and ask if Joseph still seems to feel superior. Point out the go-go music, psychedelic lights, and hippie dress, the music of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; Elvis-like King (Pharaoh), tennis shoes. Remind them that these are the way the writer tries to show that the story is relevant in modern times.
  3. Because of time, fast forward after he puts the crown on Joseph until the brothers decide to go to Egypt. Tell them that during this time Egypt fared well in spite of the famine.
  4. Start again when the brothers are marching to Egypt.
  5. Fast forward through the celebrating when they tell the father Joseph is alive until Joseph meets his father.


Closing:
There probably won’t be time for closure, but if there is you can ask: We see that God was with Joseph through his life. How did a bad thing turn out good?

Journal Time:
There won’t be time for journal writing.

Say a prayer of your own to close the workshop, or use the following:
Loving God, thank you for your faithfulness and for showing it in the story of Joseph. Amen.


A lesson written by Jan Marshall from:  Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian
Brentwood, TN 

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Joseph in Canaan

Video Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will learn the story of Joseph. They will then watch and discuss a video based on the story and discuss differences with the account in the Bible.

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will watch excerpts from "Joseph Prince of Dreams".

 

4th and 5th graders will watch excerpts from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

 

They will discuss how God was with Joseph, just as He is with us today.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 37:1-36; 39:1-6b


Memory Verse:

Romans 8:28a

Key Concepts and Life Application
The children will:

  1. Identify Genesis as the first book in the Old Testament; locating the story in Genesis
  2. Retell the story in their own words – identifying story characters and their feelings.
  3. Explain how jealousy erupted in Joseph’s family. Learn how feelings can separate us from family and friends.
  4. Learn that each of us is a favorite in the eyes of God.
  5. Understand that God loves us and is never separated from us, no matter what happens.

 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read “Teaching with Video” by Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software, http://www.sundaysoftware.com/video-tips.htm
  • Preview the video so you can utilize two of Neil’s key showing tips:
    • Use the PAUSE button at key places. It's your most powerful "video" teaching tool, not only to make sure they get it, but to give their brains time to process what they've just seen before they move on. Some kid’s videos are breathless in pace.
    • Don't be afraid to view an important scene a second time. Kids (and adults) watch movies over and over all the time. Point out facial expressions, reactions, things happening in the background, etc.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Whiteboard marker and eraser
  • Bibles – minimally one for every two children.
  • DVD: Joseph King of Dreams, Dreamworks, 2000
  • DVD: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Universal, 2000
  • “What to Watch for Charts”


Filler Materials

  • One bag of popcorn

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Prepare the popcorn and get pitcher of water from the kitchen.
  • Save one bag of popcorn for the time filler.
  • Cue the DVD to the starting point for the lesson.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Joseph King of Dreams 1:15 A hawk flies away and you see Jacob and one of his sons by a tree.
  • 4th and 5th Grade Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Ch 4 “Joseph and Sons” song
  • Get Bibles from the hall cabinet. You need at least one Bible for every two children. You can ask each child to get their own and return it at the end of class. Also encourage them to bring their own Bibles.

 


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Introductions

Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. The Shepherd will be taking care of attendance, etc. This can all happen quietly while you are starting your lesson.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

INTRO

 

SAY:
We are learning (continuing to learn) about the story of Joseph and about how he was the only one in his family to receive a fancy coat from his father. We’ll also look at how his brothers reacted. Today we’re going to watch a video about this story.

First, let’s begin with prayer.
A suggestion: “Dear God, Thank you for this day. Thank you for sending Jesus to always be with us. We feel comforted when we remember you always love us. (End with the Lord’s Prayer) Amen.”
Show the box the video came in.

 

ASK:  1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders:
Has anyone ever seen this video, Joseph, King of Dreams?

 

ASK:  4th and 5th graders:
Has anyone ever seen this video, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?

 

SAY:

This video tells a Bible story.
ASK:
What can you tell me about the story of Joseph?
See how much of the story your group knows. On the white board easel, draw words and symbols to represent the different parts of the story as they are offered. At this time, don’t fill in any left out portions of the story.
ASK:
Do you know where in the Bible would we find this story? In the Old Testament; in Genesis
SAY:
The Old Testament includes stories that happened before Jesus was born. In fact, Jesus would have learned this story when he was your age.
ASK:
We find our story in the first book of the Old Testament. Does anyone know what the first book of the Old Testament is? Genesis
Distribute Bibles. One to every two children is fine.
SAY:
We say that the book of Genesis is part of a collection of Bible books called “Law.” Law books include the first five books of the Bible. They are called the books of Law because they include the commandments or laws that God revealed to his people.
When we watch our video we’re going to be checking to see how well it tells the story from the Bible. So let’s find our story in Genesis.
Have them find Genesis, chapter 37.
SAY:
This is a long story. In order to have enough time to watch our video, we are just going to read parts from the Bible. I encourage all of you to read this story at home this week. It covers all of chapter 37 and the first part of chapter 39.
Based on how much of the story the students knew, read only the portions that were missed, interspersed with reiterating what the students have told you (referring to what was written on the white board). Just going over the highlights may be sufficient.

Highlights If needed, read referenced scripture.

 

• In our story, Jacob is the father. He has 12 sons and one daughter.
• Jacob (who was also called Israel) lived in the land of Canaan.
• Jacob’s favorite son was Joseph. Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful coat. (Genesis 37:3-4)
• Joseph had a dream that made his brother’s angry with him.(Genesis 37:6-8)
• Joseph had another dream that made his father wonder what it meant(Genesis 37:9-11)
• One day Jacob asked Joseph to check on his brothers who were grazing the sheep some distance away. So, Joseph went to find his brothers. His brothers saw him coming – it must have been because of the colorful coat. (Genesis 37:19-20)
• Reuben, the oldest brother, suggested throwing Joseph into a pit. Reuben was thinking that he would secretly rescue Joseph.
• So the brothers took Joseph’s coat and threw him into a pit.
• Then the brothers calmly had some supper! And they saw some traders coming who were on their way to Egypt.
• The brothers sold Joseph to the traders. (Genesis 37:28)
• Joseph’s brothers killed a goat and dipped Joseph’s fancy coat in its blood. They took the coat to their father who recognized it as Joseph’s coat. Jacob was very sad for a long time.
• Meanwhile, Joseph was sold in Egypt. (Genesis 37:36)

 


1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade DVD: Joseph King of Dreams
SAY:
There is a bit more to our story but let’s watch the video. Keep your Bibles open.

 

Dig:
NOTE: The showing of the video and the discussion was taken directly from Carol Hulbert. "Joseph’s Coat: Video Workshop." Jan. 2010. http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve...06088121/m/411608084 Copyright 2010, First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI. It is not repeated in this lesson.

Closing:
SAY:
Because I know the ending of this story, I can tell you that this story of Joseph teaches us how to deal with difficulty in our lives. Always remember that God loves you and is always with you no matter what.


4th and 5th Grade DVD: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
SAY:
There is a bit more to our story but let’s watch the video. Keep your Bibles open. Note that this video pretends that the story is a play – actually an opera because everything is sung – that is being performed for a school program. There is a Narrator that helps tell the story; this is a woman with blond hair.

START at Ch 4 (Previously cued) Point out Narrator and Jacob without stopping video. The women with the funny hats are all of his wives.
PAUSE at 13.24 Song ends with “…and blue!” and the screen turns blue.


ASK:

  • What can you tell about Jacob and his sons? Allow all responses
  • Which son does Jacob love the most? Joseph
  • What does jealousy mean? Feeling unhappy because of another person’s possessions or advantage
  • Tell me about a time when you felt jealous?
  • What did you do about your feelings of jealousy?
  • Why do you suppose Jacob (the father) played favorites and gave only Joseph a special coat?

    Allow all responses

SAY:
Jacob had four wives but the Bible tells us that Rachel was his favorite.
One of the things we learn about Joseph is that he has interesting dreams.
ASK:
Does anyone remember from the Bible story, what Joseph’s first dream is about? His brothers’ wheat bowing down to him- if necessary refer to Genesis 37:6-7)
PLAY Ch 5 Jacob tosses one of his son’s a shepherd’s staff.
PAUSE 16.22 “Dreamer has to go.” Next scene shows Narrator walking in sand dunes.
ASK:

  • What are the two dreams? Brother’s sheaths of wheat bow to Joseph’s; brother’s stars bow to Joseph’s.
  • How did Joseph share his dreams? What was his attitude? He was bragging about his dreams. He thought they meant big things were coming for him.

SAY:
In the Bible, is doesn’t say that Joseph bragged. Most movies show it that way because that’s what we imagine happened. But we really don’t know.
ASK:

  • How did the brothers react? Accept answers.
  • How would you have felt? Accept answers.

PLAY Ch 6 Narrator is walking in sand dunes.
STOP  24:31 End of song. “die”
ASK:

  • What do the brothers do when Joseph shows up? Allow any answers. Plan to kill Joseph.
  • What causes them to change their mind? They see Ishmaelite traders and sell him to them.
  • What do they do to Joseph’s coat? Rip it and dip it in blood.

SAY:
So the lies begin. They sell Joseph as a slave and then plot to tell their father Jacob that he died.
ASK

  • Based on the movie, do you think they were sad?
  • Based on the Bible, do you think they were sad?
  • How do you think Joseph is feeling right now?
  • How do you think Jacob is feeling?

Refer to the key Bible verse on the bulletin board. Have students say it with you: We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. Romans 8:28a
SAY:
That little “a” after the 28 means that we stop reading after the first sentence in that is in verse 28.
Have students say the verse again.
SAY:
Things don’t look very good for Joseph right now – his brothers have sold him as a slave and his father thinks that he’s dead. All his life Joseph has been told that he is special, that God has a plan for him.
ASK:

  • Do you suppose that Joseph is wondering what God’s plan is at this point?
  • Have you ever felt like you were in a desperate situation? Allow any replies
  • Who can tell us about a time when you wondered what God’s plan was for you?

SAY:
You may never have felt like you didn’t know what was going to happen to you, but no matter what, know that God is with you. God was with Joseph. Listen to this…
ASK:
Do you suppose Joseph is feeling pretty desperate?
SAY:
All his life Joseph has been told that he is special, that God has a plan for him.
Read to them Genesis 39:2a.
The Lord was with Joseph. He gave him great success.

Closing:
SAY:
Because I know the ending of this story, I can tell you that this story of Joseph teaches us how to deal with difficulty in our lives. Always remember that God loves you and is always with you no matter what.

 

Reflecting and Closing


Prayer:
Suggestions for the closing prayer


Tidy and Dismissal:
Ask children to help tidy up. Close the door and turn off the lights. Store your materials back in the cabinet.


Filler Time (Use only if you need it):
Pass the Popcorn, Please
Review the Bible Verse, Romans 8:28, with the children. Say a phrase, have them repeat it. Do this a few times. Then have children stand in a circle. Give the bag of popcorn to one child. That child says the first word of the verse, takes one piece of popcorn and passes the box to the next child. Second child says second word, and so on until the verse is completed. The child who is next in the circle gets to say the entire verse. Children continue passing popcorn and saying the verse.


References
The “Overview” and “1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade DVD” portion of this lesson were obtained from:
• Hulbert, Carol. "Joseph’s Coat: Video Workshop." Jan. 2010. < http://rotation.infopop.cc/eve...06088121/m/411608084 > Copyright 2010, First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.


MacQueen, Neil. "A Brief Introduction to Teaching with Video.” 2002. http://www.sundaysoftware.com/video-tips.htm


The remaining portion of this lesson was written by Ann L. Wright, Children’s Ministry Director, Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC, http://www.sapc.com/

 


A lesson written by Ann Wright from Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Raleigh, NC

 

 

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Joseph and His Brothers

 

Video Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will watch a video "Live the Adventure: Discovering God Is Everything I Need: Promiseland Summer Event" showing the story of how Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery, and then how he is falsely accused and thrown into prison. They will consider how throughout these unfortunate events, Joseph knew God was near him.

 

I'm sorry that the video in the lesson plan is no longer available. You can substitute another Joseph video - you may need to change the questions a bit. And of course, always compare the video version to the Bible.


One choice is Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible: Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors, which is available at amazon.com. Amazon has other Joseph movies listed - you may want to check reviews or borrow a copy before purchasing.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 37, 39

Memory Verse:

Deuteronomy 7:9

Objectives for the rotation (see listing above)

Additional objectives for the Movie Workshop
At the end of the session, the students will
* have considered how the memory verse applies to their lives


 

Teacher preparation in advance:

  • Read the scripture passages and lesson plan and attend the Bible Study, ....
  • Prepare a closing prayer.
  • Learn the memory verse.
  • Preview the video. Be familiar with the places where the video should be stopped for discussion. From Neil MacQueen’s “Two Most Important SHOWING TIPS: 1.) Use the PAUSE button. It’s your most powerful ‘video’ teaching tool. 2.) Don’t be afraid to view an important scene a second time. Kids (and adults) watch movies over and over all the time.”
  • Consider the age level adjustments needed each week (those included in the lesson plan and your own).
  • Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. Make sure you know how to operate the vcr.
  • Prepare additional game show questions or use the ones from the Promiseland lesson plan.
  • Get some old jigsaw puzzles that still have all their pieces, such as 25 piece puzzles — not too big or the children won’t have time to finish and younger kids will get frustrated. Paint the puzzles with spray paint. Then use permanent markers or paint markers to write the memory verse on the puzzle. Illustrate or add colors and designs.

 

Room set-up:
Students will sit in seats or on the floor facing the television/projection screen.

 

Supply List

  • Video: Live the Adventure: Discovering God Is Everything I Need: Promiseland Summer Event. Bible Dramas: Joseph — Lessons 7, 8, & 9. Willow Creek Association, 1999. You will just be showing the episode for lesson 7 -- about 15 minutes long. (This video is part of a rather expensive kit. Check around to see if you can borrow the video. Note: It is no longer "in print."
  • Stickers for “game show” prizes.
  • Popcorn; lemonade or water and cups; hand wipes.
  • Memory verse puzzles: old jigsaw puzzles, spray paint, markers (or purchase blank jigsaw puzzles).
  • Memento: heart stickers.
  • Shepherd Time: plain or lined paper.


Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your name-tag. (Remember, you are interacting with a different group of students each week who may not know you.) Make sure the children are wearing name-tags.

We had an opening prayer during the gathering time, but you may open with prayer if you feel led to do so.

Explain the purpose of this workshop: Today we will see a video about Joseph, who knew that God was his faithful friend. (Next rotation we will study Joseph again and we will see how this all turns out.)

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

[Following game show/introduction adapted from Live the Adventure: Discovering God Is Everything I Need: Promiseland Summer Event. Bible Dramas: Joseph — Lesson 7.]
But first, we are going to have a game show. I need three contestants for “The Faithful Friends Game Show.” [Choose 3 students and have them sit in 3 chairs in the front facing the class. Make it a big deal, like a game show announcer, such as, “Suzie Student, come on down!”]

Thank you for joining me today for the game where everyone finds out how much you know about being a faithful friend. I’m going to ask you a question and read three answers. Listen to all three choices and then tell me which answer you think is best.

Contestant number one, on Monday, you promised your best friend you would help him with his school science fair project this weekend. When you got home from school Friday, your dad was home from work early, packing up the car for a last-minute weekend fishing trip. Would you:
A: Call your friend and say you caught the flu and broke your leg and would not be able to help with the project after all -- and then go fishing with your dad.
B: Call your friend and tell him you are going to go study the life cycle of frogs up close and would call him late Sunday night with information for his science fair project.
C: Tell your Dad that you made a promise to a friend and you can’t go fishing this weekend, but you would love to go some other time.
[Let contestant answer.]
Great!

Contestant number two, . . . .

Great!
Contestant number three, . . . .

Thank you all for playing the “The Faithful Friends Game Show.” Let’s give our friends a big hand! [Give each contestant a sticker or other small reward as they head back to their seats.]

I think all of you already know something about what it takes to be a faithful friend. A faithful friend is someone you can trust, no matter what. In today’s story, a boy named Joseph learns that God is the most Faithful Friend anyone can have. Now, things weren’t easy for Joseph, but he knew that God was right there with him.

Scripture/Bible Story:
Let’s begin by reading part of the scripture. (The video will fill in “the rest of the story.” ) Open your Bibles to Genesis 37: 18-35 [younger: Genesis 37:18-30]. Remember that ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning’ and the Book of Genesis is where? [Let the children answer.]
That’s right. Genesis is the first book in the Bible. Open your Bible to the beginning. See the big print numbers on each page? Those are the chapter numbers. Turn until you find chapter 37 of Genesis.
[We restate information about Bible organization in each workshop to be sensitive to visitors and new children in the class who may not have any knowledge of the Bible. We never want a child to feel like they do not belong because they do not know this information before they come to class. Encourage the children to use their Bibles in looking up verses. Ask for volunteers to read verses or paragraphs in the older classes; read the scripture with expression to the younger students.]

So, after reading this, do you agree that Joseph had some difficult problems? Were his brothers faithful friends? [No. Fill in a bit of the story (the coat and the dreams) if this is an early week in the rotation. Otherwise, the video will fill in the details.]

Application:


“A bit of background before we watch the video:

 

  • God had promised a man named Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation. Abraham and his wife Sarah had a son named Isaac. Isaac had two sons (twins) named Jacob and Esau. Jacob received his father’s blessing, and therefore God’s promise (the covenant about being the father of a great nation). Jacob had 12 sons. Joseph was not his oldest son, but he was his favorite son (he was the first son of his favorite wife, Rachel. Benjamin was his other son by Rachel; Rachel then died in childbirth.)
  • Joseph’s dreams go against everyone’s expectations. Usually, the oldest child inherits the land, the business, the throne, ...


“While you’re watching the video, notice

  • how Jacob, the father, treats Joseph and his other sons.
  • how Joseph treats his brothers.
  • how the brothers treat Joseph.”


Pass out wipes, popcorn and drinks. Start the video at the beginning.

STOP the video after Joseph tells about both of his dreams. The Narrator says, “...but their father remembered Joseph’s dreams.”
Q I wonder why Joseph had those dreams? [God sent them.]
Q Things look pretty good. Not only is Joseph his father’s favorite, but it looks like he is going to end up being the boss of everyone, even his older brothers. Why were older brothers so unhappy about this? [Talk about place of older brothers and inheritance if no one brings it up.]

Start the video again. STOP the video after Potiphar promotes Joseph. Potiphar says, “If his God keeps blessing him, then I’ll be richer than ever.”
Q Things look pretty good for Joseph now, don’t they? God is definitely with him and Joseph knows it. Joseph is still a slave, but he has a position of authority and everything is going right.

Let’s see what happens next. [Show video to the end.]

Q Oh my! Is God still with Joseph? How do you know?
Q Does Joseph know God is with him? How?

Any questions about the video? [If time and interest permit, show it again, straight through.]

Reflect:
Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

Things look pretty tough for Joseph. We’ll find out in our next rotation how he gets out of jail.

[The following discussion is adapted from Live the Adventure: Discovering God Is Everything I Need: Promiseland Summer Event. Bible Dramas: Joseph — Lesson 7.]
But right now, things look awfully scary. Many bad things happened to Joseph. Many lonely things. Remember Joseph in the deep pit? God was there. Remember when the brothers sold Joseph as a slave to the traders? God was there. Remember when Potiphar’s wife lied and Joseph was sent to prison? God was there. Joseph was afraid, but he also knew that God was with him.

I bet some of you have felt afraid and alone before.

  • Everyone stand up.
  • If you have ever gone to camp and felt lonely, sit down.
  • If you’ve ever moved to a new neighborhood and missed your old friends and felt lonely, sit down.
  • If you’ve ever been to the hospital and had surgery and felt lonely as they rolled you into the operating room, sit down.

∙ If you’re here today, sit down.

We’ve all had lonely times, probably more than one. You wonder if you have any friends at all. And what is the answer?
Yes! God is your friend!

Some of you may remember at the beginning of the school year we talked about the Creation. God created the entire universe. And He has time to be your friend. It’s true. Does anyone know the memory verse?

Let’s read it/say it together: “Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love him and obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9

Does anyone know what a ‘covenant’ is?

It is an agreement. A promise to do something. Just like God made a covenant with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all of Jacob’s sons that they would be a great nation, God has made a covenant with you, with me, with each and every one of us. God has agreed to constantly love us. He is our friend. We can count on Him, no matter what.

So what is our memory verse telling us? [Make sure the children understand the verse and can put it into their own words before going on.]

Review the memory verse:
Let’s spend a bit of time learning our memory verse. We don’t want to forget the good news that God is faithful and constantly loves us!

We are going to work with groups of friends, 3 or 4 to a group [group size depends on age of class and size of puzzle]. Each group has a jigsaw puzzle with the memory verse on it. Put your puzzles together and then say the verse together a few times. [If some finish early, they can take their puzzle apart and put it together again or trade with another group.]

Okay, everyone read their puzzles with me. [Read the verse together several times.]

Anyone want to try to say it by themselves? [Only take volunteers — do not make anyone stand up and say the verse if they do not want to.]

By 11:45 a.m. ask the Shepherd to pass out the journal pages and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a heart sticker to paste in their journal or wear home as a reminder of this story of God’s constant love.

Shepherd Time:
adapted from The Potter’s Workshops Opening the Doors of Perception and Faith with Children “Joseph: Living in a Land of Many Colors” video workshop]

Younger: Draw a picture of Joseph at a time when God was with him.

Older: Think about a time when God was with you when you were lonely or afraid. When was it? What were the circumstances around the event? How could you tell God was with you? Write or draw a picture about how you felt or what happened.

This is meant to be a time of reflection and introspection. Writing about faith helps clarify lessons. In addition to the suggested activity, children may draw pictures relating to today’s scripture or memory verse, list highlights of the day’s activities, or rephrase the memory verse. The journal pages will be saved and given to the children at the end of the school year.

You may want to provide an extra activity or worksheet for children who finish their journals quickly, such as coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches, games. See the Workshop Leader’s Background Notes and rotation.org for ideas.

Before noon, ask the students to stop journaling for a moment and sit quietly for prayer so they can leave when their parents arrive. Allow them to finish journaling afterwards.

 

Closing:

 

Prayer:
Dear God, thank you for making a covenant with me, with each one of us, to love us and be our faithful friend. Help us to remember that you are our friend, no matter what. Help us to remember you are with us, even when we are afraid or feel alone. Go with us this week, and every week. Amen.

Tidy and Dismissal:
∙ Ask children to help tidy the room. Give any specific instructions for clearing the workshop room.
∙ Collect the journal pages before they leave. Make sure their names and the date are on them.
∙ Give everyone the parent take-home flyer the first week of the rotation; give it only to children who were absent and have not yet received it the other weeks of the rotation.

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 activity. Do what works for you and the children. Some ideas are included in the lesson plan.


Resources:

Derden, Jaymie. "Memory Verse Games." Rotation.org. Web.

MacQueen, Neil. “Teaching with Video.” Sunday Software. Web.

Life Application Study Bible notes. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1986. Print.

Live the Adventure: Discovering God Is Everything I Need: Promiseland Summer Event.

Willow Creek Association, 1999.

The Potter’s Workshops Opening the Doors of Perception and Faith with Children “Joseph:

Living in a Land of Many Colors.” Arlington Heights, Illinois: Potter’s Workshops, Ltd., 2003. Web.


Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

 


A lesson written by Amy Crane from:

River Community Church, Prairieville, LA

Copyright 2003 Amy Crane.

Permission granted to freely distribute and use,

provided the copyright message is included.

 

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Joseph in Egypt

Movie Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will watch the VeggieTales video, "The Ballad of Little Joe" and will consider how to turn to God in the hard times.


Scripture Reference:

Genesis 40:1 - 47:12

Memory Verse:

Romans 8:28

Additional objectives for the Movie Workshop
At the end of the session, the students will

  • see that while God made things work together for good for Joseph, it took quite a few years.
  • see how God chooses a person to be the instrument of redemption for His people and how He used that person’s own special gifts and talents. 

Supply List:

  • Video: The Ballad of Little Joe. Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales), 2003. (35 minutes long)
  • globe or world map
  • Popcorn; lemonade or water and cups; hand wipes
  • whiteboard or flipchart and appropriate markers
  • Memento: just for fun — something Western or Veggie Tales stickers
  • Shepherd Time: handout with memory verse and "God used “Little Joe’s” special gifts and talents for His purposes and I know God can use my special gifts and talents, too!"

Teacher preparation in advance:

  • Read the scripture passages and lesson plan and attend the Bible Study, ...
  • Preview the video. Be familiar with the places where the video should be stopped for discussion. From Neil MacQueen’s “Two Most Important SHOWING TIPS: 1.) Use the PAUSE button. It’s your most powerful ‘video’ teaching tool. 2.) Don’t be afraid to view an important scene a second time. Kids (and adults) watch movies over and over all the time.”
  • Learn the memory verse and learn the sign language to go with it (attached).
  • Consider the age level adjustments needed each week (those included in the lesson plan and your own). Confer with the Shepherd on “Stretchers” to use, especially with the youngest children.
  • To our teachers at RCC: The design of this workshop is very intentional. The activities and discussion questions for this workshop were designed to meet the goals of the entire rotation and the educational objectives of the Rotation Model (tm) at River Community Church. While we feel it is important to follow the serendipitous leading of the Holy Spirit, please do not change the lesson plan without consulting a Curriculum Planning and Writing Team member.
  • Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. Make sure you know how to operate the vcr.
  • The bin with supplies is located in the Sunday School room. Purchase or request additional supplies from -- by February 21.

Room set-up:
Students will sit in seats or on the floor facing the television/projection screen.



Presentation:

 

Opening-Welcome and Introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your name-tag. (Remember, you are interacting with a different group of students each week who may not know you.) Make sure the children are wearing name-tags.

We had an opening prayer during the gathering time, but open with prayer if you feel led to do so.

Explain the purpose of this workshop: “Today we are going to have some fun seeing the rest of the story of Joseph and his brothers. What do you remember about Joseph from our last rotation?” [Prompt if necessary to review the story of Jacob’s 12 sons, the jealousy over the coat, Joseph being thrown into a pit and sold to slave traders, and Joseph ending up in jail after the incident with Potiphar’s wife.]

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Scripture/Bible Story:
Read a portion of the scripture: “This rotation’s story is too long to read the whole story, so we will read this section and then see the whole story in the video. (Remember, we left Joseph in jail last rotation, which is where this Bible passage begins.)”: Genesis 41: 14-40 (younger: Genesis 41: 14-16, 25-38).

[Help the children to use their Bibles in looking up verses. Remind them that ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning’ and it is the first book in the Bible and includes the story of Creation, Noah’s Ark, Abraham, his son Isaac, his grandson Jacob and his great-grandson Joseph, about whom we are studying this rotation. It is in the Old Testament. NOTE: We restate information about Bible organization in each workshop to be sensitive to visitors and new children in the class who may not have any knowledge of the Bible. We never want a child to feel like they do not belong because they do not know this information before they come to class.]

Application:

Does anyone know what a Western movie is? [Accept responses. If necessary, talk about Westerns in the western part of the U.S. with cowboys and saloons and sheriffs and tumbleweeds and whatnot.]

Well, today you are NOT going to see a Western movie. But you are going to see a Western-Bible story. Did the stories in the Bible take place in the wild, wild West? [Show on the globe or map where the western U.S. is and where the Egypt and Canaan are.] Not close, is it? But the Veggie Tales people had some fun with the story of Joseph and that’s what we are going to watch today.

While you’re watching the video:

  • notice changes made to the story when it was moved from the Bible to the Wild West.
  • think about the question sent in to Bob and Larry: “If God loves me, why do bad things happen?”


Pass out wipes, popcorn and drinks. Start the video at the beginning.

STOP the video after Little Joe is arrested and put in jail, even as he is protesting his innocence — “Tell it to the Judge.” (Right before the Silly Song.)

Little Joe did the right thing when Miss Kitty encouraged him to steal the money. And he still ended up in jail.

Q How do you think he felt then? Do you think he was still happy he obeyed God and did not steal the money?

Q Little Joe has been hurt intentionally by both his brothers and Miss Kitty. How does it feel when someone hurts you on purpose?

Q I wonder why Little Joe is in jail? Did he do anything wrong? Do you think he told the truth? I wonder why no one believed him?

Q Any questions so far?

“I am going to restart the video. First we will see something really silly. And then in the first scene after the Silly Song, the Sheriff says, “You’ve got the best attitude of any prisoner I’ve ever had. . . If God is really good, why is all this happening to you?” Notice how Little Joe answers.

Start the video again.
STOP the video after Little Joe finishes praying: “..... Goodnight, God.”

Q Does Little Joe still have faith in God? I wonder why?

It’s hard sometimes to have faith, isn’t it?

Start the video again.
STOP the video after Little Joe gets all choked up talking to his brothers: “See the Sheriff .... Whatever you say.”

Q Did Little Joe recognize his brothers? (Remember, a number of years have passed and they think he is dead, so it is not surprising that they do not recognize him.)

Q I wonder why he doesn’t want them to know who he is? What do you think he is going to do?

Start the video again. Watch it to the end.

Any questions or comments about the video?

Let’s talk about the things that were changed in this video from the Bible story. [Help the children list as many as they can think of. Clarify ones that they are not clear about. Here are some of the differences:

Bible Story: / Veggie Video:
Joseph / Little Joe
Joseph’s two dreams: wheat bows, stars bow / One dream: cactus bow
Jacob gives coat / Pa gives vest
Thrown into pit / Thrown down mine shaft
Slave traders / Desperadoes
Sold to Potiphar, who worked for Pharaoh / Sold to Mr. McPothiphar, who owned a pizza place
Potiphar’s wife/seduction / Singer (Miss Kitty) sets him up so it looks like he stole money
Jail dreamers: cup bearer (back to work) and baker (beheaded) / Jail dreamers: baker (back to work) and blacksmith (up the river)
Pharaoh, had 2 dreams, one meaning / Mayor, had 1 dream (which had the same meaning as the Bible dreams)
Brothers made two trips to Egypt for food, no Benjamin the first time / Brothers made one trip and brought Benjamin along
Cup in Benjamin’s sack of grain / Money on Benjamin’s pizza
Went back for Jacob / Pa arrived with forgotten mittens

Reflect:


Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

At the end of the video, Bob the Tomato said to Pete McGinnis, the boy who wrote the letter, “We learned God can use the good stuff and the bad stuff and put it all together to make something great!”

Joseph’s brothers did an evil thing: they sold him into slavery and lied to their father. God used this evil deed to bring about something good. Joseph was able to use his gifts to save the lives of his father and brothers and preserve God’s original covenant with Abraham. God always keeps his promises.

I wonder, could something good come out of something bad in your life?

Remember, those good things don’t always happen right away. Joseph was 17 years old when his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt and he was 30 when the Pharaoh made him in charge — that was 13 years! And is was more than 7 more years before the famine reunited his family.

Review the memory verse.
Teach the children the memory verse using American Sign language (see attached instructions).

By 11:45 a.m. ask the Shepherd to pass out the journal pages and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker to paste in their journal or wear home as a reminder of the movie — maybe something silly like Veggie Tale stickers or Western/cowboy stickers.

Shepherd Time:
Give the children the attached sheet with the memory verse. Ask them to think about how Little Joe was really organized (remember, you could tell by looking in his sock drawer!). Did you notice how God used that gift for organizing as He used Little Joe to help His people.

What special gifts do you have? [Make suggestions if the children seem to be slow coming up with ideas. You may want to list them on a whiteboard or flipchart. Some possibilities — good listener, organized, good artist, caring, considerate, hard worker, good helper, patient, good with animals, good cook, green thumb, good with little kids, creative, ...]

How can God use your special gift(s) to help someone through a hard time? (How can your gifts be used to help someone — maybe yourself, maybe a friend of family member.)

Use the form with the memory verse and "God used “Little Joe’s” special gifts and talents for His purposes and I know God can use my special gifts and talents, too!" to think about how God uses people like Little Joe and Joseph and you for His purposes:
Older children: Write about ways your gifts can be used to do God’s work.
Younger children: Draw a picture of yourself using your gifts to help someone through a hard time. (Or dictate/write about using your gifts.)

This is meant to be a time of reflection and introspection. Writing about faith helps clarify lessons. In addition to the suggested activity, children may draw pictures relating to today’s scripture or memory verse, list highlights of the day’s activities, or rephrase the memory verse. The journal pages will be saved and given to the children at the end of the school year.

You may want to provide an extra activity or worksheet for children who finish their journals quickly, such as coloring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches, games. See the Workshop Leader’s Background Notes and rotation.org for ideas.

Before noon, ask the students to stop journaling for a moment and sit quietly for prayer so they can leave when their parents arrive. Allow them to finish journaling afterwards.

 

Closing:

Prayer:
“I am going to read a prayer that has time for you to think quietly and pray to God about what I just said.
Let’s bow our heads and talk to God.
Gracious Father,
We praise You for using what others intended for evil to accomplish great good.

We thank You for Your blessings that never end.

We rejoice in the gifts You have given us that we can use in Your service.

We confess that sometimes we doubt You because hard things happen to us and life is sometimes difficult.

Please help us to have faith always, just as Joseph did, to know that all things work together for good for us because we love You.

Amen.”

Tidy and Dismissal:
• Ask children to help tidy the room. Give any specific instructions for clearing the workshop room.
• Collect the journal pages before they leave. Make sure their names and the date are on them.
• Give everyone the parent take-home flyer the first week of the rotation; give it only to children who were absent and have not yet received it the other weeks of the rotation.

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 activity. Do what works for you and the children. Some ideas are included in the lesson plan.


Resources:

American Sign Language Browser: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm

MacQueen, Neil. “A Brief Introduction to Teaching with Video.” Sunday School Software web site. (http://www.sundaysoftware.com/video-tips.htm)

Spangler, Ann and Robert Wolgemuth. Men of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2002. (Closing prayer adapted from “Joseph: His Legacy of Prayer")

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.


Joseph in Egypt

Memory Verse Sign Language

 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

WE The index finger moves from one shoulder to the other shoulder.

KNOW The fingertips touch the forehead to indicate that knowledge is in the brain (hand flat, palm down).

GOD The open right hand is raised to the heavens and then downward in a sign of respect.

CAUSES Both S handshapes are thrown out from the front of the body (start with fists, palm side to chest, end with open hands extended, palm up).

EVERYTHING The signs EACH and THING are combined. EACH: one A handshape moves down the other A handshape; THING: the palm is facing upward and the hand bounces to the side to indicate different items (things).

WORK One S handshape taps the back of the other S handshape to represent the hands doing something (working).

TOGETHER The sign WITH is moved in a circle to represent many people are with one another (together). WITH: the A handshapes come together.

GOOD The hand moves forth from the mouth to the other hand. Something has been tasted and judged as being good; it is therefore offered to others.

LOVE The hands hug something over the heart to indicate the concept of love.

GOD The open right hand is raised to the heavens and then downward in a sign of respect.

CALLED One hand taps a single time on the other hand to get the attention of someone.

ACCORDING

HIS The open hand is associated with the concept of possession. When it is done in the same location as the sign HE it becomes HIS. (HE: the pronouns he, she, and it are indicated in signs by pointing to the side or pointing directly to the person or object being referred to.)

PURPOSE The signs THINK and MEAN are combined. THINK: the index finger touches the forehead which is the location of the mind. MEAN: V handshape presses down on the palm, moves up and twists, then presses down again.


From the American Sign Language Browser: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm. You can see the signs demonstrated there.

 

Posted by Nanci H

We used the Veggie Tales movie "Ballad of Little Joe" for our video workshop.

The kids really got a good handle on this very long story and remembered the sequence and events very well during discussions the next week.

 


A lesson written by Amy Crane from: River Community Church

Prairieville, LA

 

 

Copyright 2003 Amy Crane. Permission granted to freely distribute and use, provided the copyright message is included.

 

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

 

Attached to this post is my full and free outline to Joseph, ~the full length movie starring Ben Kingsley as Potiphar and Paul Mercurio as Joseph.

 

This is the Joseph movie that's part of the 'TNT' Turner Bible Classic Movie series. It's widely available.  While too lengthy for the average class, it is a wonderful movie to split into 3 or 4 classes, especially for Jr. and Sr. Highs.  

 

My outline breaks the movie into logical teaching sections and suggests sections you could skip if short on time. Hope the outline helps you teach with the movie, it's one of my favorites in that series.

 

Neil

 

Attachments

DVD - “Joseph and Pharaoh's Dreams” (New Superbook Series)

 

Superbook transports Chris back to ancient Egypt. Chris, Gizmo, and Joy travel with Joseph through several trials and triumphs. in all of their journeys, Joseph continues to trust in God. After witnessing God take Joseph from the pit to the palace, Chris realizes the value of trusting in God's plans.  Lesson:  Trust God. He has a plan for you, even if you don't see that plan!  (Animated - approx. 28 mins)

 

I have their Abraham and Issac DVD called "The Test" and loved it! (see Rotation.org reviews of the "New Superbook" DVD Series for more details on this series link)

 

Luanne

 

DVD - "Joseph & His Brothers" (Beginner's Bible)

Was re-released Sept. 22, 2015 in a collection called "Beginner's Bible Vol. 4".  Great for your younger children. It includes 3 of the original titles:  Joseph & His Brothers, Daniel & the Lion's Den, and The Battle  of Jericho.

Update: Looks like they may be taking this out of print as Beginner's Bible are now posting full episodes on YouTube, Joseph & His Brothers can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy1DpebexTQ .

Four free, short, animated Joseph Videos

Saddleback Kids has produced a number of free animated videos covering the Joseph story and posted them to YouTube. Suitable as intros to Bible study or in worship. Each is around 3 minutes long.

  1. Joseph and his Coat (Genesis 37) ~  https://youtu.be/VnlqKPIZQzI
  2. Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 39-41, Potiphar, Pharaoh) - https://youtu.be/0SCAXrEmRRA
  3. Joseph Forgives (Genesis 42-45) -  https://youtu.be/ndETu4bzwAY
  4. Joseph and the Promised Land (Genesis 50) - https://youtu.be/j1-AVyvFa1A
    The part of the story after he and his brothers reconcile.


Here are two more short videos (less than four minutes) that nicely summarize Joseph's story in two parts (colorful coat and the full Egypt story). These would be great summaries of the full story to use in conjunction with reading parts of the scripture in any workshop.  They are from PursueGodkids.org

 

 

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