Do you realize how important it is that we believe God always keeps His promises? If we don’t believe He keeps His promises, then we will question pretty much everything He tells us in His Word. If we know God keeps His promises, then we can face the future and our current circumstances without fear because He will never leave us and we know He wins in the end. As you do these activities with your kids this week, tell them how great it is to believe that God always keeps His promises!
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week your child learned that God always keeps His promises. The story of Noah and the flood is found in Genesis 6-8, where God sees that in the whole earth only Noah loves and obeys Him. By faith, Noah obeyed God by building the ark, even though his neighbors laughed at him. The ark was huge and took months to build, but it kept Noah, his family, and all the animals safe while the earth was flooded with rain for 40 days and nights. They were on the ark a long time, but finally the rain stopped. And when the flood water had dried up from the earth, Noah’s family and the animals were able to get off the ark. Then in Genesis 9, God made a promise to Noah. God promised He would never again destroy the earth by flood. As a sign of this covenant, He placed a colorful rainbow in the sky.
1. God always keeps His promises
2. God's way is the best way
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
3 Activities that Help Us Learn That God Always Keeps His Promises and His Way is the Best Way:
1. Rainbow Promise Card
Since "promise" might be a vague concept to preschoolers, this activity reinforces the concept. This will work best by using something sturdy like cardboard or card stock. Help your child decorate a "rainbow promise" card. Be creative! Once this is done, practice "promising" with your child. An example might be at lunch time, give her the card and say, "I promise that you will be able to watch Sesame Street after lunch." The child can either hold onto the card as a reminder, or (for this example) you can stick it onto the TV. Once it's time to "cash-in" on the card, remind your child how you are following through with your promise. Use this card to help your child learn about promises by using simple examples throughout the day. Use the opportunities to remind your child that God always keeps His promises to us.
2. Make a Rainbow
Trace and cut out your child’s hand several times on sheets of construction paper that are the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). Glue them on a large sheet of white paper in the shape of a rainbow with the red hands first and the other colors following so in the end, the tracings have formed a rainbow. Have your child color the white paper blue and glue cotton balls for clouds. Help your child list things that God promises in the Bible and write one on each hand in the rainbow. While creating this rainbow talk with your child about God’s promise to Noah by using these questions:
1. Does God keep His promises? (yes!)
2. Why did God send the rainbow? (It was a sign to Noah that He would never again flood the whole earth.)
3. How do you think Noah felt when he saw God’s smile in the sky? (loved, blessed, happy, comforted, relieved…)
4. Discuss the importance of keeping our promises just like God keeps His.
3. Noah And His Ark
Use a large box turned on it’s side as an ark. Have your child decorate it to look like an ark. Grab different types of stuffed animals and have your child pretend to be Noah and march the animals into the ark.
Lord, thank you for your reminders or your faithfulness in our everyday lives. Thank-you that you are a God that we can depend on and trust that you love us.
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