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In addition to your own inspired and creative activities, you may want to consider some of the following ideas.

Sunday School Superintendents and Teachers
How are your Biblical newspapers or magazines progressing? Look at another example from the Chronicles News of the Past book, "telling the story of the Bible, set against the background of the ancient world, and uniquely retold in the form of a modern daily newspaper."

Swap Shop explains how Sunday School students can create bulletin boards to liven up the walls of the Sunday School. We have an interactive Bible time-line in place. After we have prepared study materials on each character, we activate the name so you can gather information by just clicking on their names. The activated names are in red. Each month we add materials to one of the Bible figures as we work our way through the Bible. This month we have added the Matriarchs to the posting. Noah and Abraham are now active with archived material on the Bible Time-Line.

Please let us know if the Activities section is helpful at teach@biblewise.com.

Teachers and Parents
Teachers, you could suggest to your students' parents that they read Bible stories to their children before tucking them into bed at night. There are many good Bibles for children at all age levels. Kids Korner is featuring three stories from Read with Me Bible (NIrV). March focuses on:

  • Sarah's contribution as a Matriarch,
  • Genesis 24-27,
  • Isaac's life and what we can learn from his spiritual traits,
  • Rebekah's example as a strong Matriarchal presence,
  • Esau and Jacob, and
  • Learning the books of the Old Testament.

Below is a sample calendar of what you might like to read and discuss each week in March. There is a memorization verse for each week as well. Work with your child and your students to learn each verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to our everyday life. On Sundays during class, riding in the car, or at dinner, it's fun to share stories of how the children have used the verse in their lives that week.

   
 
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Sunday March 2
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse:

Prov 3:5, 6
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own, Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. The Message

or

Prov 3:5, 6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. KJV

  • In what ways do you trust God?
  • What do you hear when you listen for God's direction?
  • Name five people in the Bible who trusted God.

Younger Classes - Talk about the Bible, one God, Abraham, and Isaac

  • Review the books of the Bible with a new poem about the OT books.
  • Practice reciting the books of the Bible.
  • When Isaac was growing up he was a great help to his parents. What do you do to help your mom and dad?
  • Find the story of Abraham sending his servant to get Isaac a bride. (Gen 24)
  • Read the story A Wife for Isaac
  • What did Abraham ask his servant to do?
  • What did the servant promise to do?
  • Why does the servant pray to God?
  • How does God answer his prayer?
  • Describe Rebekah.
  • What was she like?
  • Why was she just right for Isaac?
  • When have you volunteered to help people?
  • How did you feel afterwards?
  • What other ways could you volunteer to help?

Try these activities from Kids Korner:

Assignment:

  • Volunteer to help a member of your family this next week and share your experience on Sunday.

Older Classes - Talk about the Bible, one God, Abraham, and Isaac

  • Recite the books of the Old Testament. Where do you have problems?
  • You might want to try the Old Testament Fill-Up and see how many books of the Bible you remember.
  • Read the story of Abraham's servant finding a wife for Isaac.
  • Why was it so important to find Isaac a wife from Abraham's homeland?
  • How would you feel if your parents decided who you were going to marry?
  • Does that happen anywhere in the world today?
  • Okay, you're not ready for marriage? What if they selected your date for the prom?
  • What was the servant's prayer? (Gen 24:11-14)
  • Are we that specific when we pray?
  • One would think it would take a long time for someone not only to offer him water but be willing to serve 10 camels as well. In the book Running with the Giants, author John C. Maxwell calculates how many jars of water it would take to water 10 camels. "Each camel could drink 20 gallons of water."

    "10 camels at 20 gallons each = 200 gallons
    200 gallons drawn with a 5-gallon jar = 40 trips
    40 trips at (a conservative) 3 minutes each = 2 hours"
    What seemed like a simple act of kindness would require 2 hours of work.

  • Maxwell contends extra effort brings extra blessings. Would you be willing to do that much for a stranger? A friend? A member of the family? A boss?
  • What extra blessing did Rebekah receive? A husband? Or something even greater? [she was the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother of Jesus.]
  • Who is blessed when we give generously?
  • Has there ever been a time when you have given and wanted to quit?
  • How have others benefited from your generosity? Check out Make a Difference.
  • What was special about Rebekah besides being beautiful?
  • What qualities did she express?
  • What qualities are you looking for in someone to date?
  • Which is more important? Looks? Traits?
  • Why do people get hung up on the outside of the package?
  • How do you get around the "looks" issue?

Assignment:

  • Volunteer to help someone and let your class know the results next Sunday.
  • Read Genesis 25

Week of March 2-8

Memorization verse: Isa 45:5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What is the first commandment?
  • Why is it important to know only one God?

Sunday March 9
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Have the students discuss their acts of kindness. Who did they volunteer to help?
  • How did they feel about helping others?

Younger Classes

  • Read Jacob and Esau from Kids Korner.
  • Ask the children to draw pictures for the stories of Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Esau. Here's an opportunity for the children to be creative. Send the pictures to BibleWise for posting on Kids Korner - You Tell the Story.
  • Esau and Jacob are twins. Do you know any twins?
  • What kind of twins were Esau and Jacob? They weren't identical because….
  • Describe Esau. Describe Jacob.
  • As the boys grew older they enjoyed doing different things. Do you enjoy different activities from your friends or siblings?
  • What does the birthright mean to you?
  • Why was it so important in early Bible times?
  • Why did Esau give up his birthright?
  • Was it just of Jacob to ask Esau to give up his birthright for a bowl of stew?
  • Follow the maze in the birthright stew.

Older Classes

  • Tell the story of Jacob and Esau.
  • What is the significance of Rebekah's prayer and God's response in Genesis 25:21-23?

    Gen 25:22-23 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

  • How were Esau and Jacob different?
  • If you were going to cast a television show or movie of Esau and Jacob's lives, who would play Esau? Jacob? Isaac? Rebekah? Why?
  • Explain the differences in the brothers.
  • How obedient are Jacob and Esau to their parents?
  • What is the significance of the birthright? Do we have anything like that today?
  • Was Jacob justified in forcing his brother to sell his birthright for a bowl of stew?
  • Why was the birthright more important to Jacob than Esau?
  • Would you sell your inheritance?
  • Do you have siblings? How well do you get along with them? Would you intentionally do any of them harm? Cheat them? Trick them?
  • What did Jacob and Esau do for a living?
  • Have you made any decisions about your career path?
  • Read the Teen Time interview with Helen Elswit whose career path took her from being a Wall Street attorney to a Hollywood special effects director.

Assignment:

  • Think about how you handle conflict. Do you go along with people or do you stand your ground?
  • How did Isaac handle conflict? Read Genesis 26 especially the story of Isaac and the wells in Genesis 26:19-22

Week of March 9-15
Memorization verse: II Thess 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

  • How does God keep us from evil?
  • What does stablish you mean?
  • Look at another translation of this verse.

For example, J.B. Phillips' translation: "Yet the Lord is utterly to be depended upon by all who have faith in him, and he will give you stability and protection against all that is evil."

  • How does that verse apply to the world situation today?

Sunday March 16

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • How can we rely on God for stability in our lives?

Younger Classes

  • Read the Bible assignment in Genesis 26.
  • What is famine?
  • What did God tell Isaac to do during the famine?
  • What is conflict?
  • How do you handle conflict?
  • Talk about the digging of the wells. Why is water so important?
  • Why did people try to take Isaac's wells away?
  • Has anyone ever tried to take something away from you?
  • What did you do?
  • Discuss the qualities of Isaac.
    • In Genesis we find that Isaac
      • Listened to and obeyed his parents
      • Believed in one God
      • Obeyed God
      • Trusted in one God
  • Do you always obey your parents? Why or why not?
  • Why is it important to be obedient to your parents? To God? To your Teachers?
    • Draw some pictures of Isaac, Rebekah, Esau, Jacob, and the wells for the Bible time-line you are making for your Sunday School.

Older Classes

  • What do Isaac and Rebekah do with Abimelech that reminds you of Abraham and Sarah? (Gen 26: 7-11)
  • Is lying ever justified?
  • Why does Abimelech ask Isaac to leave? (Gen 26:16)
  • When you think of Isaac, what qualities come to thought?
  • How did Isaac deal with the conflict over the wells?
  • What does God tell Isaac that changes his life? (Gen 26:24)
  • What types of conflict do you deal with daily?
  • How do you handle the problems? Do you just go along with the conflict or do you stand your ground?
  • How do you handle fear?
  • What fears do you deal with?
  • Why is this story important to what's happening in the world today? (hint - water)

Assignment:

Week of March 16-22
Memorization verse: I Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

  • How can you use this verse in your life?
  • How do we attain peace?

Sunday March 23

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
    • How does this verse relate to our world today?
    • Is it possible to eliminate confusion in our lives?
    • Are you confused about anything?
    • How do we achieve peace?

Younger Classes

  • Read "Jacob gets the Blessing" from Kids Korner.
  • What did God promise Rebekah about Jacob? (Gen 25:23)
  • What did Rebekah hear Isaac tell Esau? (Gen 27:1-5)
  • What did she ask Jacob to do? (Gen 27:6-10)
  • Why didn't Jacob think her plan would work? (Gen 27:11-12)
  • Were Rebekah and Jacob wrong for deceiving Isaac?
  • What is the importance of the blessing?
  • How do you think Esau felt when he didn't get the blessing? (Gen 27:38,41)
  • What did Esau promise to do to Jacob? (Gen 27:41)
  • Has anyone ever taken away something very important to you? What did you do?
  • What did Jacob have to do?
  • Who was hurt by this deception?
  • Do we ever benefit from deceiving someone?
  • Read the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)
  • What do we learn from the Good Samaritan?
  • How many books of the Bible do you know by heart this week?

Older Classes

  • What were some of Isaac's accomplishments?
  • Was Isaac justified in offering the blessing to Esau?
  • Why did Isaac like Esau better?
  • Was Rebekah justified in deceiving Isaac so that Jacob received the
  • essing?
  • How important was it for Jacob to receive the blessing? Didn't he already have the birthright?
  • Look at Gen 27:33. Is there any significance to eating before giving the blessing?
  • If you had been Esau, how would you have handled the situation?
  • Why did Rebekah deceive her husband?
  • Was anyone in the right? Why?
  • How does deception apply to our world today? Big business? Stock traders? Foreign affairs?
  • What have you learned from this experience?
  • How would you make a difference?
  • What do we learn from the Good Samaritan?
  • Retell the story in modern terms? What current event stories show us people either walking on the other side of the road, or actually tending to the needs of others?
  • Why do people walk away?

Sunday March 30 - We are shifting attention to Christ Jesus in preparation for Easter

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
    • How can we use this verse to help our world?
    • What is God's word?

Younger Classes

  • Discuss qualities, characteristics and traits. What are these?
  • Describe your qualities, characteristics and traits.
  • What do you say about yourself? Do you say good things about yourself? For example: I am happy, I am smart, I am good, I am grateful. Or do you say, I am mad? I am stupid? I am bad, or I am mean?
  • What things does Jesus say about himself? Make a list. (Matt 11:29; John 6:5; 8:58; 9:5; 10:7; 10:11; 11:25; 12:46; 13:13; 14:6; 14:10; 15:1; 16:32; )
  • Do you find Jesus saying something negative or bad about himself in any verse?
  • Practice what things you can say that are true about you?
  • What does it mean to be the image and likeness of God? (Gen 1:26)
  • What does Easter mean to you?
  • What happened to Jesus?
  • Help the students begin telling the story of Jesus' life during the week leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection. (Matt. 21-28; Mark 11-16; Luke 19:29-chapter 24; John 12-21)

Older Classes

  • How do you identify yourself? Are you saying good things about youself or negative things?
  • Why is it important to identify yourself positively? Practice making true statements about yourself.
  • What kinds of labels do people place on young people today? Positive ? Negative?
  • Do you buy into the negative labeling-positive and negative?
  • Is labeling good?
  • How do we strip the negative labels from ourselves and others?
  • What kinds of labels did Christ Jesus receive?
  • What did Jesus say about himself? (Matt 11:29; John 6:5; 8:58; 9:5; 10:7; 10:11; 11:25; 12:46; 13:13; 14:6; 14:10; 15:1; 16:32; )
  • Do we have any record of Jesus saying something negative about himself? [no]
  • Why wouldn't he say something bad about himself? [He identified himself with God -John 10:30 I and my Father are one. ]
  • How can we identify ourselves with God?
  • What does Easter mean to you?
  • What happened to Jesus?
  • Can you tell the story of Jesus leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection?
  • If not, study the story in one of the Gospels: Matt. 21-28; Mark 11-16; Luke 19:29-chapter 24; John 12-21
  • Why is it important? [40% of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and almost 50% of John are dedicated to those last days]
  • What's the special message to be understood about "Easter" week and why should we know it?

Week of March 30- April 5
Memorization verse: Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

  • How would you use this verse?
  • Why is forgiveness important?
  • Who have you forgiven?

--GAL

   
 
   
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