This week, we talked about the story of Joseph, using excerpts from the film, 'Joseph: King of Dreams' (2000). You can read about this story in Genesis 37. The Bible says that Joseph's father loved him more than any of his other sons and made him an ornate robe. Joseph's brothers were so jealous of him that they sold him to merchants, who took him to Egypt. For our craft activity, we made robe pictures using multicoloured mosaic squares.
Today, the Junior Class looked at the story of Isaac and Rebekah's twin sons, Jacob and Esau. You can read about this in Genesis 25:19 - 27:45. We watched a film of this story, provided by Crossroads Kids' Club. Our craft activity involved making a collage of a bowl of stew, which was significant in this story, as Esau sold his birthright (a special blessing reserved for the eldest son) to Jacob for a bowl of stew. Thank you to April's Homemaking for this idea.
17th May The Junior Class talked about how Abraham and Sarah had to wait for God's timing for their son, Isaac, to be born. You can read about this in Genesis 18-21. 24th May When Isaac was older, God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac to him. Abraham obeyed God's instructions, proving that he loved God more than anything else. Abraham didn't have to sacrifice Isaac in the end as God provided a ram for the sacrifice. You can read about this in Genesis 22:1-19 Thank you, Muriel, for leading these classes.
On 26th April, we started a series of studies on the people mentioned in Hebrews 11. These people were all mentioned in this letter because they had faith. 26th April The Junior Class talked about the story of Abel and his brother, Cain. Cain was jealous because God accepted Abel's offering, but not his, and he killed his brother. 3rd May We talked about Noah. Noah had faith, because he built an ark (a boat), just as God asked him to. 10th May We talked about Abraham, and how when God asked him to take his wife and everything he had to another country, he obeyed.
We spent 1st and 8th March looking at some chapters from Proverbs.
On 15th March, we talked about the story of Job. 29th March was Palm Sunday. We talked about the story of Palm Sunday. We made palm branches using wooden sticks and green bubble paper, and took them with us into the service to wave while we sang the last song with the congregation. 5th April - Easter Sunday Family Service 12th April We talked about the Easter story.
We began our lesson by looking at some pictures of road signs, like this one:
There is a book called "The Official Highway Code", which is full of signs like this. It helps drivers of motor vehicles to drive correctly and safely.
In some ways, Proverbs is a little like this book. It is full of rules that help us to live well. We selected six verses from Proverbs to look at this week, and had a go at creating 'road signs' to illustrate them.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:the old has gone, the new is here! (New International Version - UK) We watched a video of the song, 'Bullfrogs and Butterflies' by Barry McGuire. You can watch this here. We talked about how tadpoles and caterpillars change completely during their lifetimes to become frogs and butterflies. If we follow Jesus, He can make us like completely new people. We may not look very different on the outside, but we can change a lot on the inside as we become more like Jesus. As a craft activity, we made butterflies with paper and paint to remind us of our text:
Just a small group of us this week. We spent some time catching up on holiday news and talked about our New Year Resolutions. We made door hangers to remind us of the things we wanted to achieve this year.