Unit: God Created Everything
Session Titles: The Suffering of Job
Story Point: Job learned that God is good, even in suffering.
Big Picture Question: Who is God? God is our Creator and King
Unit Bible Verse: “All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16b-17
Bible Passage: Job
Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/
Craft: Job’s Patience
Materials needed: 6″ x 12″ piece of construction paper (any light color), marker, crayons.
- Hand out paper.
- Fold paper in thirds, so that the two edges meet in the middle. See picture.
- On the outside, folded paper, write “Bad Things Happen To Good People Like Job”, writing the word “JOB” is beautiful letters.
- Write “Job 1-42” on the outside of the folded paper.
- Open up paper completely.
- Draw two lines down the folds of the paper.
- In the middle section, write “We need to be patient like Job and never blame God.”
- On right section, write “BEFORE” at the top and then list what Job possessed, for example, write “Rich,” “7,000 (draw a sheep)”, “3,000 (draw a camel)”, “500 yoke of (draw an ox)”, “500 (draw a donkey)”, and many servants.
- On left side, write “AFTER” at the top and then list what Job possessed, for example, “very rich”, “14,00 sheep”, “6,000 camels”, “1,000 yoke of oxen”, “1,000 donkeys”, “many servants”, “10 children”, “lived 140 more years”.
- Color pictures of animal and decorate the middle section without covering up the words.
Game: Strength Test (3rd and 5th)
Have the kids do little activities like run from one end to the other 3 times, have them do 5 push ups, carrying a book to one end to the other, how far they can throw a stuffed animal etc. to show how strong they are. Then talk about and relate how God gives us physical strength and the strength we need even in tough times.
Activity: Whose Strength?
- 2 Medium Sized Ball
- Masking Tape
Place a long strip of masking tape on the floor to mark a starting line
Guide the children to find Philippians 4:13 in their bibles. Ask the children who gives strength?
Form two teams. Explain to the children that the first child on each team will run to the opposite end of the room and place the ball between her lower and upper arm, similar to the motion of flexing an arm muscle. Show the children how to do this. Tell the child to squeeze the ball with their arm and say the bible verse loud enough for their team to hear. Instruct them to run with the ball squeezed in their arm to the next child in line. Tell that child to place the ball in their arm, run to the other end of the room and say the bible verse loud enough for their team to hear. Explain that they will continue to squeeze the ball as they run to the next child in line. This continues until each child has had a chance to play.
Source: Brilliant Bible Skills Activities, Lifeway Resources
Object Lesson: God Uses Difficulties for Good
- Jenga Set
Set up the stacking blocks tower. Raise your hand if you would like to take a turn to remove a block and add it to the top of the stack without knocking it over. Lets see how tall we can build it. Let kids take turns removing a block and placing it on the top of the tower. Stop playing when you run out of time or the tower falls.
Sometimes, it is really difficult to find a block and remove it without knocking over the tower. Playing this game is certainly challenging and might even seem impossible at times. Sometimes we find ourselves in difficult situations that seems impossible. These situations can be the result of wrong decisions made, and sometimes they are not.
Even though Job went through very difficult times, God was in control.
God can use difficulties in our lives for good. God loves you. He is with you in hard times, just like He was with Job.
Source: Outstanding Object Lessons for Kids, Lifeway Resources