The Angel Gabriel Brings Good News

Gabriel Visits Mary Luke 1:26-38

Scripture: Luke 1:26 – 38, Matthew 1: 18 – 24

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 1 and Matthew 1.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

Discussion:

  • Who came to see Mary?  Gabriel, an angel
  • How did the angel greet her? “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
  • What else does this passage tell us about Mary? She was a descendant of David.
  • Do you remember the promise that God gave to David? His kingdom would last forever.
  • Is Mary happy to see the angel?  No. At first she is afraid of him.
  • But, the angel told Mary not to be afraid.  What else did he say to her? You have found favor with God. You will have a son.  You will name him Jesus.  He will be great.  He will be called the Son of the Most High. God will give him David’s throne.  He will reign forever.
  • Mary asks how this will happen since she isn’t married.  What does the angel tell her? “The Holy Spirit will come on you.”
  • How else would she know that this was true?  Her cousin, Elizabeth, who was too old to have a baby was pregnant, too.
  • Did Mary agree to have this baby?  Yes.  She said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
  • If God asked you to do something special, what would you say?  Would you say “I am the Lord’s servant?  Or would you say “No.” ?
  • How did Joseph take the news that Mary was going to have a baby?  He was sad.  But, he followed God’s law, so he was going to divorce her quietly.
  • Then what happened?  An angel came to visit him in a dream, also.
  • What did the angel tell him?  That it was OK to marry Mary, because the baby was from the Holy Spirit.
  • What name was he to give the baby?  Jesus
  • What does Jesus mean?  Savior
  • Did Joseph obey the angel?  Yes, he took Mary home to be his wife.
  • What do you think would have happened if Mary and Joseph hadn’t obeyed the angel?  Jesus wouldn’t have been born.
  • It’s very important that we be willing to do what God wants us to do.  Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to be willing servants.  And let’s thank him for sending us his son to save us from our sins….

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

“You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1: 21

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum

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Share a video of this story:

Video #1 “He’s Here” by Sally Loyd Jones from the Jesus Story Book Bible.

Video #2 from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Video #3 Song “Love Crashed Into the World” by Crossroads Kids’ Club

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Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children make an angel craft:

This  craft from Jenny Allsorts is very cute. 

Younger children will enjoy this one from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry.

Make one of these angel crafts from Activity Village.

Or make this folded paper angel from Danielle’s Place. (There are several crafts at this link.  Scroll down to the middle of the page to find it.)

Make an angel Christmas card from The Toy Maker.   Encourage them to give it to a friend who needs to hear the good news of Jesus birth.

This angel craft is from Jesus Without Language.

Here is a Joseph and the angel craft from Jesus Without Language.

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Have the children make this story cube.

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This lesson from the Church of God also has worksheet and a color page.

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Use this game from Teach Them to help older children remember why Jesus came to earth. 

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Sing “Favored One/ What Child is This?” by Mary Rice Hopkins

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The Good News of Jesus had everyone in the story singing.  It should have us singing too, so sing some Christmas carols.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

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Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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The Angel Gabriel Brings Good News – Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned that the Angel Gabriel brought Good News to Mary and Joseph from Luke 1:26 – 38 and Matthew 1: 18 – 24.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

“You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1: 21

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Make an Advent paper chain.

Cut strips of red and green paper for the links – 25 total.  On each link write a Bible verse from the Christmas story. Have your child make the chain, using a glue stick and hang the chain in the window.  Starting on December 1st, each day have your child take one link off the chain and read the verse.  This not only teaches the Christmas story, but helps your child visualize how long it is until Christmas.

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Together, watch the video,“He’s Here”, by Sally Loyd Jones from the Jesus Story Book Bible.

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Do some on-line activities with your child from the Garden of Praise.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/the-angel-gabriel-brings-good-news/ 

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt – Part 2

Scripture: Genesis 43 – Genesis 45:15

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 43 or pages 79 – 85 in the  the The Golden Children’s Bible .

Remind the children that last time Joseph’s brothers had come back from Egypt and found their money still in their sacks of grain that they had purchased from Egypt.  Now they were in a dilemma because they were afraid that Joseph would throw them all (including Benjamin) into prison if they went back to Egypt.  They realized that God was punishing them for what they had done to Joseph…

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • When did Jacob tell the brothers to go back to Egypt?  When they had run out of food.
  • What did Judah remind his father of?  Benjamin had to come along to prove that they were honest men.
  • What did Judah guarantee to Jacob?  He promised that they would bring Benjamin back, or he himself would “bear the blame”.
  • What did Jacob send with the brothers for a gift to Joseph?  balm, honey, spices and myrrh, nuts and almonds.
  • Why did he have them take double the silver?  He thought that maybe it was a mistake that the money was left in their bags.
  • What did Jacob pray before they left?  “May God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you”
  • When Jacob saw the brothers, what did he do?  He had a meal prepared for them at his own house.
  • How did the brothers respond to this invitation?  They were afraid.  They thought that Joseph was going to make them his slaves and take their donkeys because the money had been put back into their sacks the last time.
  • What did the brothers do then?  Explained to Joseph’s steward how they found the money in their sacks and that they didn’t know who had put it there, but that they had brought that back as well as more money to buy more food.
  • How did the steward answer them?  “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.”
  • Then what did the steward do?  He brought out Simeon to them, gave them water to wash their feet, and fed their donkeys.
  • When Joseph came home, what did the brothers do? They presented their gifts and bowed down to Joseph.
  • What does that remind you of?  Joseph’s dreams.
  • When Joseph saw Benjamin what did he do?  He left the room to weep.
  • Do you think he was crying because he was happy or because he was sad?
  • When Joseph came back he had the food served.  How did he seat the brothers?  From the oldest to the youngest.
  • What was the reaction of the brothers to this?  Astonishment.
  • What was unusual about the food served to Benjamin?  It was 5 times the amount than the food served to the other brothers.
  • Were the brothers jealous this time?  No.
  • What instructions did Joseph give to the steward?  To fill their sacks with grain and their money, and to put Joseph’s silver cup into Benjamin’s sack.
  • In the morning after the brothers were on their way home again what did Joseph have his steward do?  Go and catch up with the brothers and ask them why they stole Joseph’s cup.
  • When the steward questioned them, how did the brothers respond?  They denied that they had the cup. “If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord’s slaves.”
  • What did the brothers do when they found the cup in Benjamin’s sack?   They tore their clothes.  (This was a custom back then. It meant that you were in terrible grief.)
  • When they were brought back to Joseph what did they do?  They threw themselves down on the ground in front of him.
  • What did Judah say? “What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants’ guilt. We are now my lord’s slaves—we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup.”
  • But, were they guilty of taking the cup? No.
  • What guilt was Judah referring to?  Their sin of selling Joseph into slavery.
  • Joseph only wanted which brother for a slave?  The one who took the cup.  Benjamin.
  • Judah pleaded with Joseph not to take Benjamin as a slave.  What was his reasoning?  His father lost Joseph already and he loves Benjamin so much that if he doesn’t return he will die of grief.
  • What did Judah suggest as a solution?  He himself would take Benjamin’s place as his slave because he had promised his father that he would be responsible for him. “Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”
  • What does this tell you about Judah?  He felt guilty and was sorry about his father’s grief over Joseph.  He had had a change of heart and didn’t want to hurt his father anymore.  He was being responsible and thoughtful of others instead of looking out for only himself.
  • How did Joseph respond?  He sent his servants out of the room and wept as he told the brothers who he was.
  • The brothers were speechless.  But how did Joseph comfort them? “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!  And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping.  But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
  • What invitation did Joseph give them?  To bring their father and the rest of the family to live there through the famine.
  • Do you think that the brothers got what they deserved?  No.  They had sold their own brother into slavery.  That is a terrible crime and they should have been put into prison for it.
  • The Bible says that we deserve death for our sins. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in christ Jesus our Lord”  How do we get the gift?  We confess our sins and ask for forgiveness from God.
  • Let’s pray and thank God for Jesus taking our place when He died on the cross and giving us the gift of forgiveness…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Kids will learn scripture quickly if it is put to music.  Sing “Wages – Romans 6:23” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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Share a video of this story:

Video #1 from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Watch “Testament – Bible in Animation – Joseph”. This is a very cute children’s movie about Joseph.

Share the story “The Forgiving Prince” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible” .  (Make sure that you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated.  It’s wonderful.)

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1  from Bible Printables.

Color page #2  from Bible Printables.

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Play the Joseph & His Brothers File Folder Game from The Catholic Toolbox.  When I do a file folder game in the classroom, I make enough file folders for two children to share each folder. That way everyone can see and reach the board easily. I also give each pair a dice. This keeps the game moving along quickly. Kids love these games and are quick to learn the details of the story when they play them. Have a prize for the winner, but also a prize for each contestant when playing with younger children.

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Have each child make a paper gift box . (Or this one. Or this one.) All of these are from The Toy Maker.   Give each a little strip of paper with the verse 6:23 written on it to keep in the box.   Have them take the box home and keep it in a prominent place in their rooms to remind them that God gave them the gift of forgiveness of sins.

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This craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons would work great for this lesson.

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Debbie Jackson has some great ideas for teaching this class at Bible Fun for Kids.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Read the stories, “Uh-oh!”  and “Joseph and the Silver Cup and God’s Saving Power”  by Paul Dallgas-Frey.

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This lesson from Sunday School Sources has skits.   Have the children or helpers act them out. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children do this goblet maze , or this crossword puzzle from Bible Wise.

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Here are 2 lessons from Calvary Curriculum of Costa Mesa. Lesson #1  Lesson #2

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum. Lesson #1  or Lesson #2

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Have the children fill out the “Be Like Joseph” puzzle page or this Joseph Crossword puzzle  or this crossword puzzle.

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Make this Joseph and Jesus puzzle craft from Teach Them.  The download is found here.  Scroll down to JJ – Joseph and Jesus – Challenge Card

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Sing  “All Things Work Together” and “I Can Obey” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt – Part 2 – Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jacob’s Ladder from Genesis 28: 10-22.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

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Help your child decode this puzzle about Joseph and his family reunion.  http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/23_reunion.htm

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Have your child put these grain sacks in order to write out Romans 8:28. http://childrenschapel.org/biblestories/color/rom8_28scramble.html

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Read the story “UH OH”

http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible56.html

and  “Joseph and the Silver Cup”

http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible57.html

by Paul Dallgas-Frey.

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Have your child put together this online jigsaw puzzle of Joseph and his brothers.  http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/23858/4×4.htm

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lessonhttps://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/joseph’s-brothers-go-to-egypt-part-2/

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt – Part 1 – Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned that Joseph’s brothers came to buy grain during the great famine in Egypt from Genesis 41 and 42.  We emphasized that unconfessed sin is a heavy burden.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper” 

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Allow your child to do an online jigsaw puzzle featuring Joseph.

Joseph Overseer of Pharaoh’s Granaries http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/23792/4×4.htm

Egyptian Harvest Jigsaw Puzzle  http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/23791/4×4.htm

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Read the stories  “Joseph Rules”  http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible52.html

“The Brothers Israel and the Trouble With Lies” http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible53.html

“The Great Famine”  http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible54.html

“The Great Famine Part 2” http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible55.html

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Here are some ideas for creating Egyptian costumes with your children.  Then let them “walk like an Egyptian”.   http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/egyptian_crafts.html

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pharaohs_headdress.htm

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/joseph’s-brothers-go-to-egypt-part-1/

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt: Part 1

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Scripture:  Genesis 41: 46 – 57, Genesis 42: 1 – 38

Pages 74 – 78 in “The Golden Children’s Bible”

Note to the teacher: My inspiration for this lesson is a sermon called “The Prison of Your Past”  by Kevin Brownfield at Sermon Audio.

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to  Genesis 41 or Pages 74 – 78 in “The Golden Children’s Bible”

Remind the children that Joseph had interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams about a coming famine.  As a result, Pharaoh put Joseph second in charge in Egypt and to collect 1/5 of the grain for the next 7 years.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • How much grain did Joseph collect?  Beyond measure – like the sand of the sea.
  • Who, besides the Egyptians, came  to buy grain during the drought?  Joseph’s brothers
  • Which brother stayed home?  Benjamin
  • Why did Benjamin stay home?  Jacob was afraid that something might happen to him.
  • Why was he so protective of Benjamin?  He was the youngest and the son of Rachel.
  • When the brothers met Joseph how did they show their respect?  They bowed to him.
  • Did they recognize Joseph?  No.
  • Why didn’t they recognize him?  He was much older now – about 40 years old.  They wouldn’t have expected Joseph to be in a position of power.  And he spoke Egyptian and used an interpreter.
  • Did Joseph recognize them?  Yes.
  • He didn’t let on that he was Joseph, though.  Instead he was harsh with them.  What did he accuse them of?  Being spies.
  • What do you think the brothers meant when they said, “We are true men.”?  We are honest men.
  • How do you think Joseph felt when they said that?  He knew that they were not honest.  They had sold him into slavery and lied about it.
  • He tells them that he is going to test their story.  How were they to prove that they were honest men?  They were to send one brother to bring the youngest brother to him.
  • Why do you think Joseph gave them this command?  He wanted to see Benjamin, his blood brother.  He wanted to see if his brothers had changed or not.
  • Then what did he do?  He put them in jail for 3 days.
  • Do you think that Joseph was trying to get revenge on his brothers?  Or was he trying to teach them something?  Or do you think that Joseph needed some time to think about the situation and pray about what God wanted him to do?  (No definite answer.)
  • After 3 days, what did Joseph do?  He let them go to take grain back to their families except for one brother, Simeon.
  • Why did the brothers think this bad thing was happening to them?  They were being punished because of what they had done to Joseph.
  • What does that tell you about the brothers?  Their conscience was bothering them.  They knew that they had done wrong and they wished that they hadn’t sold Joseph.
  • What orders did Joseph give his servants?  To fill the brothers sacks with grain and to put the money that they had paid for it back into the sacks also.
  • What was their reaction when one of them found the money in his sack later?  “What has God done to us?”
  • Have you ever done something wrong and tried to hide it?  How did it make you feel?  (Let them share about their experiences.)
  • When the brothers arrived at home what did they find in their sacks?  The money that they had paid for their grain with.
  • How did they react when they found it?  They were afraid.
  • What do you think they were afraid of?  They were afraid that Joseph would now say that they stole the money and put them into prison with Simeon.  They were afraid that they could never get Simeon back home.
  • Do you think that they were also afraid of God?  Yes.  They had said, “What has God done to us?”  They knew that God was punishing them.
  • How did Jacob react?  “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!” He refused to let Benjamin go.
  • Having a guilty conscience is a terrible thing, isn’t it.  They had sold Joseph into slavery, but do you think that they themselves were “free” all of these years?  No, their guilt was like it’s own prison.
  • Do you have things that are bothering your conscience?  Are you covering up some sin?  Let’s pray and ask God to help us to be honest with ourselves about the wrong things that we have done.  Let’s ask Him to forgive us, and to help us make things right with the people that we have hurt…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper” 

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1 from Bible Printables

Color page #2 from Bible Printables

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Object Lesson:

Select one child hold a very sturdy bag (or a bucket).   Add rocks to the bag. Ask the child to hold the bag as long as he or she can. When the child expresses that it is getting difficult to hold the bag, explain that the rocks symbolize guilt and that guilt is like a heavy burden. Ask the children how we can get rid of guilt. Explain the if we confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness we can slay down the heavy load.

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Watch “Testament – Bible in Animation – Joseph”.  This is a very cute children’s movie about Joseph.

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Sing “God’s Not Finished” by Mary Rice Hopkins

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There are lots of great ideas for this lesson here at Bible Fun for Kids.

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Have the children do one of these worksheets from Bible Wise.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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This lesson from Free Sunday School Lessons has some great ideas and a color page and worksheet.

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Have the children fill out one of these worksheets from the Garden of Praise. (Scroll Down)

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Here is another great lesson from Mission Bible Class.

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Read the stories “Joseph Rules” , “The Great Famine”  , and “The Great Famine – Part 2”  by Paul Dallgas – Frey.

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Make these pharaoh’s headdresses and have the children act out the story.

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This lesson from Sunday School Sources has skits.   Have the children or helpers act them out.

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Sing  “All Things Work Together” and “I Can Obey” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Joseph Interprets Dreams

Joseph Interprets Pharoah's dream Genesis 41:14-37

Scripture:  Genesis 40: 1- 23, 41: 1 – 45 or page 69 – 41 of The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Object Lesson:

Have you ever heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”?  (Let the children each have a chance to tell you what they think it means.) Lemons are pretty sour, and if you bit into one it would make your lips pucker, wouldn’t it.  Yuck!  But, you can squeeze the juice out of it, add water and sugar – and what do you have then?  Lemonade.  Mmmmm.  That’s pretty good, isn’t it.

Well, life is like that.  Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned them to.  And sometimes bad things happen to us.  It could make us bitter and angry.  But, if we have the right attitude we can make the best of it.

Maybe you don’t like to clean your room, but instead of complaining and dawdling about it, you might put on your favorite music and dance while you clean.  Kind of like Mary Poppins, right?  You can do that with almost anything you do.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 40  (pages 69 – 73 of the Golden Children’s Bible)

Remind the children that last week Joseph had been working in Potiphar’s house as a slave.  Potiphar’s wife lied about him, which caused him to be imprisoned.  Let’s see how Joseph made lemonade…

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Who were in prison under Joseph’s care?  Pharaoh’s butler and baker.
  • Why were the butler and the baker sad one day?  They had had dreams, but nobody could interpret them for them.
  • Who did Joseph say could interpret them?  God.  Joseph gave God all the credit.
  • What was the butler’s dream?  He pressed grapes into Pharaoh’s cup and placed it in his hand.
  • What was the interpretation of the butler’s dream?  In three days he would be released from prison and restored to his job as cupbearer for Pharaoh.
  • What did Joseph ask him to do when that happened?  To mention him to Pharaoh to help to get him released, too.
  • What was the baker’s dream?  He had 3 baskets of bread on his head, and the birds came as ate the bread out of them.
  • What was the interpretation of the baker’s dream?  In three days he would be executed and the birds would eat his flesh.
  • Did the dreams come true?  Yes.
  • Did the butler remember to ask Pharaoh for Joseph’s release? No. He forgot about him.
  • How long was it before the butler remembered him?  2 years
  • What was Pharaoh’s first dream? Seven fat cows and seven skinny cows came up out of the Nile. Then the skinny cows ate the fat cows.
  • What was Pharaoh’s second dream? Seven healthy grains were growing on a stalk.  Then seven thin heads of grain sprouted and swallowed up the healthy grains.
  • Who did Pharaoh send for to interpret his dreams? magicians and wise men of Egypt
  • Were they able to interpret them? No.
  • Who told Pharaoh about Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams?  The cupbearer, who had been in prison with Joseph at one time.
  • Who did Joseph give credit to for his ability to interpret dreams? “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
  • What are you good at? (Let each child participate.)
  • Who do you think gave you that ability? God. Since God was the One who gave us those abilities, we should always give Him the credit, shouldn’t we.
  • How do you think you could use that ability to serve God?
  • How old was Joseph at this time? 30 (Genesis 41:46)
  • Do you remember how old Joseph was when his brothers sold him into slavery?  17
  • So, how many years has he been in Egypt? 13
  • Thirteen years was a long time to be a slave and imprisoned. How do you think you would have felt after all of that time being so unfairly treated? Angry, depressed, sad, vengeful, hateful etc.
  • Did Joseph get angry with God? No. He always trusted him.
  • Did Joseph lash out at other people?  No.  He was respectful and helpful.
  • How do you think that you should react when people have been unfair to you?  Patient and kind. Trust God to make it right.
  • What was the interpretation of the dreams? Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them
  • What advice did Joseph give to Pharaoh? Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance to be used during the  seven years of famine.
  • Who did Pharaoh decide was wise enough to do the job?  Joseph
  • What gifts did Pharaoh give to Joseph? his signet ring from his finger, robes of fine linen, a gold chain around his neck.  He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command.  And he gave him a wife.
  • Do you think that things would have gone this well for Joseph if he had been vengeful or angry with God?  No.
  • Let’s pray and thank God for his blessings and ask Him to help us always give Him the credit…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

II Samuel 22: 26a “To the faithful you show yourself faithful”

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Watch a video of this story:

Watch “Testament – Bible in Animation – Joseph”.  This is a very cute children’s movie about Joseph.

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Make the Joseph in Jail craft. (Scroll down)

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Make a story wheel about the dreams that Joseph interpreted. (Search for Pharaoh’s Dreams.)

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Read the story “The Butler, the Baker, and the Telling of Things to Come”  , “Good News, Bad News”   and “Pharaoh’s Dream”  by Paul Dallgas Frey.

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Here is a game idea and a color page from Free Sunday School Curriculum.

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Have the children make the booklet “Joseph and Pharaoh’s Dream” from Lambsongs.  Scroll Down.

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This lesson from Ministry to Children could be adapted as an object lesson for this lesson.

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Here is another great lesson from Mission Bible Class.

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These photos from e Bible Teacher may be helpful to teach the story.

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This lesson from Sunday School Sources  has some great ideas.

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Here is a craft for younger children for Our Country Road.

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 This is a great maze from Bible Wise.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Crafting the Word of God has a cow craft.

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Flame Creative Children’s Ministry has some good ideas here.   and here

And there are similar ideas for making Egyptian jewelery at Danielle’s Place.

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This craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons could be altered to work with this lesson.

And this lesson from Auntie’s Bible Lessons is a great object lesson for this story.

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Here is a craft from Bible Class Creations.

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Here are lots of great ideas from Debbie Jackson at Bible Fun For Kids.

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Make a chariot for Joseph to ride in out of a small milk carton.

http://www.mssscrafts.com/crafts/chariot/index.htm

Make a Joseph paper doll to ride in the chariot.

http://www.messianictrust.org.uk/kids-pesach/paper-dolls.htm

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Have the children draw a picture of the fat and skinny cows and the healthy and dried up grain, or color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1 from Bible Printables.

Color page #2 from Bible Wise.

Color page #3 from Bible Wise.

Color page #4 from Bible Wise.

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Sing:

“You Come in a Hurry” from Crossroads Kids’ Club. 

“Count Your Blessings” or “God Will Take Care of You”

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

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Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Joseph Interprets Dreams Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how Joseph interpreted dreams for the butler and the baker and then for Pharaoh from Genesis 40-41.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

II Samuel 22: 26a “To the faithful you show yourself faithful”

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Have your child do an online jigsaw puzzle featuring Joseph before Pharaoh. http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/23406/4×4.htm

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Read the story “The Butler and the Baker” http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible49.html, “Good News, Bad News” http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible50.html and “Pharaoh’s Dream”  http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible51.html by Paul Dallgas-Frey.

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Print this crossword puzzle by Sharon Whittaker and help your child solve it.  http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/22_joseph_egypt.htm

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Print this Pharaoh’s Dream maze puzzle for your child to solve. http://biblewise.com/archives/2003/june/kids_korner/fun_games/print_pharaohs_dream.htm

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/joseph-interprets-dreams/

Joseph in Potiphar’s House


Scripture: Genesis 39

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 39 (page 68 – 69 of The Golden Children’s Bible.)

Remind them that last week Joseph’s brothers were so jealous of him that they sold him to merchants who took him to Egypt. 

Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.

Discussion:

  • Who bought Joseph from the Ishmaelites?  Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh.
  • Working for Potiphar would be like working for the right hand man of the President, wouldn’t it. Do you think that Joseph realized that God was taking care of him when he saw where he was going to be living? Yes.  It was probably a very big, fancy house.
  • Why did Potiphar like Joseph?  The Lord was with him. Everything that Joseph did went well. Therefore, Potiphar’s house was also blessed.  Potiphar didn’t have to worry about anything when Joseph was in charge.
  • What do you think that Joseph was doing that made him such a good servant?  He was responsible.  He was respectful.  He probably worked hard and got more done than anybody else.  He probably never complained.  etc.
  • How did Potiphar reward him?  He put him in charge of everything in his household.
  • When you do a job for your mom or dad, are they happy with the job you do? Are you a good worker?
  • What are some of the chores that you do at home?  How can you do that job better?  
  • Why did Potiphar’s wife like Joseph?  Because he was handsome.
  • What did Joseph say to her when she asked for his love?  He said no because he didn’t want to betray Potiphar’s trust after he had been so good to him, nor did he want to sin against God.
  • Has anybody ever asked you to do something wrong?  
  • What are some things that someone might ask you to do?  Take drugs, smoke,  cheat on a test, etc.
  • What should your answer be? No, and walk away.
  • What did Potiphar’s wife do when Joseph said no to her?  She lied about him to Potiphar and claimed that Joseph had attacked her.
  • Have you ever been lied about?  How did that feel?  
  • Have you ever lied about someone else?  How do you think that that person felt?  How do you think that God felt about that?
  • What did Potiphar do when he heard this lie?  He threw Joseph into prison.
  • Did Joseph get angry at God because he was unjustly put into prison? No. The Lord was with Joseph and Joseph was a good worker even in prison.
  • Have you ever heard the phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”?  What do you think that that means?  Make something good out of something bad.
  • Joseph always made the best out of the situation he was in, didn’t he.
  • Let’s pray and ask God to help us to say no to sin and to do our best in every situation…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Ephesians 6:7 “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

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Watch a video of this story:

Watch “Testament – Bible in Animation – Joseph”.  This is a very cute children’s movie about Joseph.

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Share the work gloves object lesson,  or the busy bee object lesson.

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Talk to the children about the importance of work, then play Job Charades.

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If the weather is nice, go outside and play Resisting Temptation Tug of War.

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Have the children color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1 from Calvary Williomsport 

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children decode this puzzle from Bible Wise.

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Read the story “Ups and Downs”  by Paul Dallgas-Frey.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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This lesson from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa has a great object lesson.

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This activity from Children’s Ministry would work well for older children.

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Play the game “Potiphar Says” from Teach Them.

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Make these paper pyramids by Tinkerlab.  Or if you want a pattern, here is a great one from Don’t Eat the Paste. (Scroll down quite a ways.)  Talk about how Joseph was taken far away from his family and home to Egypt.  Show them a map to see how far from home he was.  This map craft could  also be used.

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Sing  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, or “God Will Take Care of You”

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

Lesson Index

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Joseph in Potiphar’s House Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how the Lord was with Joseph and blessed his work as a slave in Potiphar’s house.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Ephesians 6:7 “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

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Read the story of Tyler and Justin by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

http://childrenschapel.org/biblestories/joseph2.html

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Read the story “Ups and Downs” by Paul Dallgas-Frey.

http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible48.html

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view this week’s lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/joseph-in-potiphars-house/