Joseph/Prayer (Grade 2-3) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
October 11/09 Grade 2-3
Genesis 24-50 Joseph – Jesus hears me (emphasis on prayer)

Prepared by: Vicki Waddell and Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (3 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)

Have everyone standing up and say, “You can sit down when I call out a color that you are wearing.” (example, “If you are wearing something red, you can sit down”)

Today we are going to listen to a Bible Story about a boy who had all of those colors on at once – he had a very colourful coat. Do you know what his name is? (Joseph)

Story of Joseph: (8 minutes)

Story of Joseph — you can get permission from the author and use illustrations from the Brick Testament (bricktestament.com) or there are some good short films (some using lego) on YouTube.

Conclusion: Usually we talk about Joseph, we talk about his amazing coat of many colors…but today I want you to think about how alone Joseph must have often felt.  Alone – because his brothers didn’t like him. Alone – because they threw him in a pit. Alone – because he got sold to slave traders and taken to a foreign country, and later Alone – in Jail. That was a lot of alone time. Put yourself in his place for a minute…

Retelling the Story – Drama (5-8 Minutes)

* I can’t recall if this was written by one of our writers. So we won’t take credit for this drama.

–                Choose someone to be “Joseph”

–                Helper can be “Dad”

–                Divide other kids into 3 groups, to represent the 3 brothers – each group will say the lines together. When it is time to have Joseph stand with the slave trader and Potipher, choose two of the “brothers” to play this role.

Props:

–                Coat

–                Chair to use as “jail”

Teacher

Narrator:            Joseph had a bunch of brothers and they all thought their dad liked Joseph best. Actually, in some ways they were right. Joseph was the baby of the family (any babies of the family here today?). New babies aren’t much good at hunting, or watching sheep. Mostly they just roll around and cry a lot, and you have to do everything for them. So, when baby Joseph came along, of course Jacob spent a lot of time with him. Well, that, and babies are just so cute!

But, Joseph’s brothers didn’t like it.

Brothers:            We don’t like Joseph! Grrrrrrr

Teacher

Narrator:            They were jealous!

Brother 1:            We want dad to spend more time with US!

Teacher

Narrator:            As the brothers got bigger and stronger they made faces at Joseph and they didn’t include Joseph in anything fun.

Brother 3:            How does it feel Joseph?

Joseph:            I feel pretty alone.

Brothers make silly faces at Joseph

Teacher

Narrator:            When their dad wasn’t around, they bossed him around

Brother 2:            Hey Joseph, pick up my socks!

Brother 3:            Hey Joseph, it is your turn to do the dishes AGAIN!

Teacher

Narrator:            It probably didn’t help that their dad gave Joseph a really cool coat

Dad gives Joseph a cool coat

Joseph:            Hey look at my awesome coat you guys

Brothers:            (look mad) Grrrrr

Brother 1:            We don’t want you around.

Brother 2:            Yeah, so how does that feel?

Joseph:            I feel pretty alone.

Teacher

Narrator:            Joseph’s brothers were SURE their father liked Joseph best. And maybe he did. But Jacob loved each of his sons, and would have given his life for any one of them.

The next morning, they were all sitting down for breakfast.

Brothers sit down in a circle as if they are going to have breakfast.

And Joseph was bragging about a dream he had in which he was more powerful than they were

Joseph:            (bragging) Hey, I had this dream where I was way more powerful than you guys!

Brothers give him nasty looks

Brother 1:            You’re not the boss of us, you know! (sticks his tongue out)

Teacher

Narrator:            Later, out in the fields Joseph came along.

Brother 1:            Hey, here comes Joseph, grrr.

Brother 2:            I have had enough of Joseph

Brother 3:            Let’s throw him in this pit and then later tonight let us trade him to some slave traders for some quick cash…we can get a new x-box with the money.

Teacher

Narrator:            And that is exactly what they did – minus the x-box.

I need a slave trader here, and Potipher here, and then we need a chair to be jail (arrange all this)

OK. Joseph…you need to stand with these slave traders. And slave trader, I need you now to pass Joseph off to Potipher – he was the guy in Egypt who bought Joseph. But things only went OK for a little time and Joseph then got put into Jail. Sorry Joseph.

Joseph:            Now I feel really, really alone.

Teacher

Narrator:            Things weren’t great in Jail, but Joseph wasn’t alone. Yes, there were other prisoners, but Joseph knew that even in this awful place, God was with him and God heard his prayers…

The story has a good ending, by the way, Joseph is eventually freed from Jail after a long time and becomes the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to Pharoah. He reunites with his brothers and forgives them, and actually ends up saving them from a deadly family…

But back to the thing about Joseph’s prayers…prayer is an awesome thing because the Bible says that God hears us no matter where we are…let’s take a look at a great passage of Scripture:

Read “What Happens When I Talk to God?” by Stormie O’Martian (8 minutes)

Read this book about prayer to kids, but edit while reading as it’s too wordy.

Play “Joseph Tag” outside (10 minutes)

Using foldable chairs set up in a circle or square, designate a particular area as “jail”. Leave a wide door to be guarded by the jailer. You need one or two kids, depending on numbers, to be “it”, and a “jailer” who will guard the jail. Jailer maybe should be the helper or the teacher.

When you are tagged, you must go immediately to jail. You must remain in jail until another person has joined you.  Only one person at a time can say the freedom words to the jailer. In order to get out of jail, you must say “God heard my prayer” to the jailer, then you will be free.

Once free, you will stand on the side and wait for the game to finish. Another round can be played with a new jailer and new “it” people.

Alternate Indoor Game:

Road to Egypt Relay

Make 6 cobblestones from cardboard. Cut out the cobblestone shapes and add some colour so they resemble cobblestones.

Divide kids into 2 teams. Each team gets 3 cobblestones.

Place a sign at the start point labelled Canaan, and a sign at the endpoint labelled Egypt.

To get from Canaan to Egypt and back, the competitor must toss out the 3 cobblestones. You must step only on the cobblestones to make your way to your destination, picking up and tossing out the cobblestones as often as necessary to create your road. Once you reach Egypt, you pick up the cobblestones and repeat the procedure to get back to Canaan.

Instead of tagging off to the next person on the team, you must say to that person “God hears my prayers”. Then the next person can go.

The team who finishes first is the winner.

Learning The Bible Verse: (5 Minutes) – this is week 2 of learning this verse. They did the same actions last week.

“First of all, does anyone remember the verse without me even helping you? Let’s see…”

Verse: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

One great way to memorize Scripture is by using actions…so we are going to use actions to memorize this verse…

Actions:

Your:             Point out, away from yourself

Word:             Open your hands like a Bible

Is A:            Clap twice

Lamp:            Make a “tent” over your head, like a lampshade

To:            Two fingers like a peace sign

My:            Cross your arms over your chest

Feet:            Point down with both hands to your feet

And A:            Clap twice

Light:            Hold your finger up like a candle, and use the other hand to wiggle your fingers and imitate a flame

To:            Two fingers like a peace sign

My:            Cross your arms over your chest

Path:            Smooth two hands out in front of you to show a path

Psalm One hundred and nineteen verse one hundred and five

Pretzels and Story Order (5 Minutes)

Give each group pretzels – and as you do, ask the group if they know where pretzels come from. Explain that pretzels are a really old snack! They have been around for over 1,000 years! In those days, Christians prayed with their hands crossed over their chests; one day a worker in the church made pretzels to look like those hands crossed in prayer.  They were given as treats to children who memorized their prayers. Pretzels came from a word meaning “Little Reward”.

While they are eating their pretzels, they can put today’s story in order using the picture representation that has been copied for them.

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