In the “Belong” activities, kids will do one of these activities: Balloon Jail: Kids will play a game involving unfairness as an introduction to the Bible story. Would You Rather: Bad Day Kids will play Would You Rather to get them thinking about the Bible story.
Kids will hear the Bible story about Joseph in Prison in Genesis 39:7-41:57. You will show kids a video or discuss the idea of a really bad day to get them thinking about the circumstances of Joseph and how God was with him through it all. Kids will learn from the Bible story that God is carrying out His plans even when things are going badly.
In the “Believe” activities, kids will do one of these activities: Memory Verse Chains: Kids will make memory verse chains to help them remember the verses. Joseph’s Journey: Kids will tell the Bible story as they draw pictures of Joseph’s story.
In the “Become” activities, kids will do one of these activities: Balloon Keep It Up: Kids will play a game with a balloon and discuss hard situations to get them thinking about how we can be faithful to God no matter what. Bad Day Beanbag Toss: Kids will toss beanbags onto cards with difficult situations to think about how God is bigger and is to be trusted.
To finish your time together, kids will do one of these activities: Choose Your Challenge: Kids will pick a challenge for the week to work on and take home an illustrated page that has their challenge listed. Knot Prayers: Kids will tie knots in yarn to remind them that bad times can make their faith stronger and they can trust God.
Lesson Goals & Questions
You will be helping kids to grow as resilient disciples! Kids are more interested in learning if it relates to something they are curious about. Through this lesson we’re going to help kids explore these three questions they may have:
Question about God: Is God bigger than the bad things that happen?
Big Goal 1: God is carrying out His plan, even when things are going badly.
Question about people: Will our circumstances always feel OK?
Big Goal 2: Sometimes we’ll go through hard things, even when we try to do the right thing.
Question about our purpose: What do I do when things seem really bad?
Big Goal 3: I can look at how God took care of Joseph, and be faithful to God no matter what.
Cultural Connection: Loss and Grief
You will have the option to bring up the topic of loss and grief with kids, and encourage them in their discipleship.