No matter what happens, we can trust God in our circumstances. This week, your children learned about Joseph in Egypt and the Lord’s perfect plan for Joseph while he was there. The story reminds us that wherever we are in our journey, it is all in God’s hands and it is good. This week’s activities are a great opportunity to discuss with your kids how they can trust God no matter what and that God’s plan for us is best.
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week your child learned about Joseph in Egypt. Last week, we learned that Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, so they sold him as a slave to a group of men from Egypt. Joseph served faithfully when he got to Egypt and was put in charge of an entire household. Then, a lie was told about him, and he was thrown into jail. God was with Joseph in jail, and he was placed in charge of all the other prisoners. God even helped Joseph interpret two servants’ dreams. One day, Pharaoh had dreams that he wanted to know the meaning of, but nobody could help him. One of Pharaoh’s servants remembered Joseph interpreting dreams in prison, and told Pharaoh. God helped Joseph tell Pharaoh that his dreams meant there would be seven years with plenty of food and seven years of famine. Pharaoh placed Joseph in charge of all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. One day, Joseph’s brothers showed up needing food. Joseph was not mean to them like they were to him, but instead he forgave them and gave them food. He told them that what they meant to do harm, God used for good. God never left Joseph and was always in control. (Genesis 39-46 & 50:15-21)
- God is in control of everything.
- We can trust God no matter what happens.
"God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true.” Psalm 18:30
3 Activities that Help Us Learn This Week's Teaching Truths:
1. Three Places
Joseph spent time in three different places, a slave in a house, a jail cell and Pharaoh’s palace. Using items around the house create a house, a jail cell and a palace. For a house, place a sheet over the kitchen table and place pots and pans or a small broom or rag inside the “house”. Use the chairs from the kitchen table and place them in a tight circle for the jail cell. Lastly, use pillows, bean bags and blankets to create Pharaoh’s palace. Let your child “be” Joseph and act out the story using the three places. Emphasize with your child that no matter where Joseph was, he always trusted God and knew He was in control. As your child is playing, ask your child these questions:
- What are the three places where Joseph was?
- Who protected Joseph?
- What did God use Joseph for when he was in Egypt?
- When can we trust God?
2. Happy and Sad Faces
During snack time, give your child an apple slice, several raisins and a handful of stick pretzels. On a paper plate, have him create happy and sad faces using the apple slice, raisins and pretzels. Talk about how Joseph was sad to be away from his family and sad when he was in jail, but when Joseph thought about how God is always in control, he was happy.
3. Sharing the Grain
Have your child choose eleven stuffed animals, dolls or figurines to be Joseph’s eleven brothers.Cover a tall cylinder, such as an oatmeal container or a Pringle’s can, so that it looks like a silo.Have your child help you fill the silo with a fun snack, like Pirate’s Booty, just like Joseph stored the grain. Then have your child pretend to share the Pirate’s Booty with his stuffed animals, just like Joseph shared with his brothers.
Pray a short, simple prayer thanking God that He is in control of everything.
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