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

The Activities section focuses all five Sundays in November on events in the lives of four Judges: Deborah, Jael, Gideon, and Samson. It also looks at the importance of the Bible in our lives in celebration of National Bible Week and emphasizes the importance of gratitude as we observe Thanksgiving.

Bible Characters examines the lives of four of the Judges.

Swap Shop offers a review of VeggieTales, Madame Blueberry, and offers Christmas gift ideas.

Bible Overview delves into the book of Judges.

I Want to Know answers the question, "Why is it important to study the Bible?"

Kids Korner - includes a conversation between the Kids Korner mascots, discussing Gideon and Samson; stories for younger children: one about Gideon, Trumpets and Torches, and one about Samson, Long and Strong and 4 stories for older kids: "How a Brave Man Tore Down An Altar of Baal," "How the Midianites Were Surprized at Midnight," "The Story of a Strong Man Who Judged Israel," and "How Samson Came to His Death."

Teen Time - looks at the Power of Gratitude; Make a Difference investigates Gideon's spiritual contribution, and answers the question, Does God Really Care About Us?

Teachers, you might like to suggest to your students' parents that they read and discuss the Bible stories about Deborah, Gideon, and Samson. Judges is not an easy read from the standpoint of violence. Parental discretion is required. The underlying theme is God's forgiveness regardless of human foibles.

Below is a sample calendar of Bible verses and related questions to read and discuss each week in November. Work with your child and your students to learn each week's memorization verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to their everyday lives. 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. Encourage your children and Sunday School pupils to share lessons learned from working with Bible verses and stories. Since National Bible Week is the week of Thanksgiving, we are asking Sunday School teachers, parents, teens, and children to share with our BibleWise readers: 1) why you study the Bible or 2) your favorite Bible story or passage and thank you notes to God. Please Email your responses to www.biblewise.com by Nov. 21st.

   
 
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Week of October 27-Nov. 2
Memorization verse: Proverbs 15:1 NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Discuss the meaning of the verse.

  • How do we control anger?
  • What kinds of words push your buttons?

Sunday November 2
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • How do we avoid anger?
  • How can we help people who are angry?
  • Can you think of any Bible characters who dealt with anger?
  • What issues going on in the world today stem from anger?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions and activities)

It has been awhile since we worked on the books of the Bible in the Old Testament.

This would be a great time for a review. The importance of knowing the books in order is not so much about getting the name in the right place as it is about what we are learning about God, our relationship to God, and the important individuals and events in each book.

Younger classes may want to draw pictures of their favorite characters in each book of the Bible or draw a story. For example, when you discuss Genesis, have the students draw a picture of Noah with the Ark and explain why Noah built the ark. Discuss the animals on the ark, how many days it rained, how long they floated, and the significance of the rainbow. Look at former materials on Noah.

  • Name the books of the Bible in the Old Testament.
  • How many books are in the Old Testament? (remember the pneumonic - how many letters in Old (3) and how many in Testament (9) = 39 books in the Old Testament.)
  • What is the first book of the Bible?
  • What does Genesis mean? (origins, beginnings)
  • What firsts do we have in the book of Genesis?
  • Name three men from Genesis. (Adam, Cain, Abel, Seth, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Joseph, just to name a few)
  • Name three women from Genesis. (Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Tamar)
  • What do we learn about them and their relationships to God?
  • What do we learn about our relationship to God?
  • Who is your favorite character in Genesis?
  • Why do you like him or her?
  • What does Exodus mean? (mass departure)
  • What is Leviticus about? (God's enduring presence; our need to be holy, the concept of sacrifice, and the importance of the Sinai covenant. It is mostly about the priests.)
  • What is the fourth book of the Bible? (Numbers)
  • What is Numbers about? (It's the story of the Children of Israel in the wilderness - the journey from promise to fulfillment.)
  • What is the last book in the Torah or Pentateuch? (Deuteronomy)
  • What is the Torah? (1st five books of the Bible known as the law)
  • What is the Pentateuch? (1st five books of the Old Testament - penta meaning five)
  • Who is the main character in Deuteronomy? (Moses)
  • What happens in Deuteronomy? (Moses lets the people know he isn't going with them. It summarizes where they have been from the Exodus until going into the Promised Land.)
  • What book comes after Deuteronomy? (Joshua)
  • Who is the main character?
  • Name three things Joshua did.
  • What book comes after Joshua? (Judges)

After a discussion of the first six books of the Bible, ask the students to complete the review of characters. Use the game in Kids Korner to match the Bible characters we've studied with their events.

Introduce writing a thank you note to God. Discuss what things everyone is grateful for and then ask them to write God a thank you note for all the good in their lives. Submit the thank you notes for BibleWise to post. See a few samples from younger-aged children on You Tell the Story.

Talk about National Bible Week - November 23-30.

  • Why do we have a week set aside for us to honor the Bible?
  • Why is the Bible important?
  • What have you learned about God from the Bible?
  • What do you like most about the Bible?
  • What is your favorite Bible story or verse?

Submit their answers to BibleWise to post on You Tell the Story.

Assignment:

Younger Children:
Think of additional things you are thankful for. Draw a picture of what you are most grateful for. Complete the hidden word game - Find the Judges

Read Trumpets and Torches.

Older Children:
Read Teen Time's question and answer Does God Really Care About Us? How might you answer the question?

Read Judges 4 and 5; and Bible Characters - Deborah and Jael.

Week of November 3-9
Memorization verse: Psalm 149:4 NIV For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.

  • What does "God takes delight in his people" mean?
  • How can you use this verse in your life?

Sunday November 9
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • What does "delight" mean?
  • What does it mean to be humble?
  • What is our reward for being humble?
  • Do you want to be humble? Why or why not?

Younger Classes will work with Gideon. Older classes will work with Deborah.

Younger Classes
Ask the younger children to share their pictures with the class.

This is the season of thanksgiving. Last week the children wrote a thank you note to God. This time ask them to write a thank you note to their parents. Each Sunday this month, they will be asked to write thank you notes to different individuals. This is to give them practice in saying thank you and recognizing how to be grateful.

Start the story of Gideon (Judges 6). Share What do you know about Gideon? from Kids Korner.

  • Who appears to Gideon? (Judges 6:11-13)
  • What does the angel ask Gideon to do? (Judges 6:25-28)
  • What was wrong with the altar Gideon's father built?
  • Which commandments were the people breaking by having an altar to Baal?
  • What kinds of things do people bow down to today?
  • How did Gideon's father react? (Judges 6:29-32)
  • What kind of a person was Gideon?
  • What did God want Gideon to do after he broke down Baal's altar? (Judges 6:16,17, 34-35)
  • How did Gideon test God? (Judges 6:36-40)

Older Classes: Read Judges 4 - 5:15

Check their responses to how they would answer the question "Does God really care about us?"

Discuss the Bible Characters sections of Deborah and Jael

  • Who was Deborah? (Judges 4:4)
  • What did she do for a living? (Judges 4:5)
  • Where was her office? (Judges 4:5)
  • Who is Barak? (officer of the army)
  • Why does she call him? (to do battle)
  • Barak insists that this person go with him. (Deborah)
  • Who did Deborah prophesy would win the battle? (Judges 4:9)
  • Sisera was the captain of Jabin's army. Where did he flee? (Judges 4:17)
  • What did Sisera ask Jael to do? (Judges 4:19-20)
  • Would you lie for Sisera?
  • What did Jael do to Sisera? (Judges 4:21)
  • Was Jael the fulfillment of Deborah's prophecy? (Judges 4:9)
  • Sisera was known for abusing women. How do we keep from abusing people?
  • What is abuse?
  • What should we do if we are being abused or someone else is?
  • How do we stop abusive situations?
  • What did you learn from Deborah? Jael?

Assignments:

Younger Children: read What do you know about Gideon? from Kids Korner.

Work on You Tell the Story assignments.

Older Children:. Read Make a Difference about Gideon, Elsie Egemeier's "How a Brave Man Tore Down An Altar of Baal," and "How the Midianites Were Surprized at Midnight." Ask your students to write a brief statement on why they study the Bible or explain a favorite Bible story or passage to be submitted to BibleWise for posting in November during National Bible Week.

Week of November 10-16
Memorization verse: Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • How do we find God?

Sunday November 16
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Do you love God?
  • Does God love you?
  • How do you know?
  • Is God hard to find?

Younger Classes: Some of the first questions below will be review for the younger classes.

Let the younger children color the picture of Gideon and the men drinking the water.

Ask the children to take time to write thank you notes to either their siblings, cousins, grand parents, etc. Select one person and then for homework write three more notes and give them to the people either on Thanksgiving or ask parents to help mail them or email them.

Older Classes: Share what the Bible means to you with your class mates. Describe how your favorite Bible stories or verses have helped you. Send your responses to BibleWise.com.

Younger and Older Classes (pick and choose questions and activities appropriate for your age group)

Open your Bibles to Judges 6:11 - 7

  • Imagine trying to thresh wheat so no one sees what you're doing. How difficult is that?
  • The angel of the Lord appears before Gideon and asks him to do what?
  • What personal altars do we need to knock down?
  • When the angel appeared to Gideon was it for the sole purpose of destroying Gideon's father's altar to Baal or something else?
  • What else did God want Gideon to do?
  • Why do you think God would have selected someone like Gideon? After all he was from the weakest of the twelve tribes, he doubted his ability, and he tested God.
  • How did Gideon test God? (Judges 6:37-40)
  • What is fleece?
  • How many times did he test God?
  • After God passed the test, what did Gideon do?
  • Do we ever test God?
  • Is it a good practice to test God?
  • Who was Gideon to defeat? (Judges 6:16)
  • Gideon had to select an army. How many did he recruit? (32,000 Judges 7:3)
  • Why did God want a smaller army? (Judges 7:2)
  • What did Gideon do to reduce the size of his army? (Judges 7:3)
  • How many left because they were afraid? (22,000)
  • What did Gideon have to do to reduce the size of the 10,000? (Judges 7:5-6)
  • Describe why those who didn't drink from their hands would be a bad risk militarily?
  • What were God's instructions to this army?
  • What have you learned about God?
  • What have you learned about listening to God?

Assignment:

Younger pupils:

Older pupils:

Read the hot topic - The Power of Gratitude and "The Story of a Strong Man Who Judged Israel."

  • Write thank you notes to important people in your life. Thanksgiving is a good time to remember our thank yous for things we often forget. A parent, coach, teacher, relative, friend, troop leader or neighbor may be perfect recipients for our thank you note. It doesn't have to be long. It does need to be sincere and specific. Why are you thanking them and for what? You will be amazed at how a simple act of gratitude will bless many.
  • Think of a way to serve or give to others on Thanksgiving.

Week of November 17-23
Memorization verse: Colossians 4:6 NIV Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • Why should our conversations be full of grace?

Sunday November 23

Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Since this is the week of Thanksgiving, how will this verse help at our holiday meals?
  • How do we keep our conversations gracious?
  • Why do we need to be gracious?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

This week is National Bible week and Thanksgiving.

Share why you love the Bible with your students. Ask them to look for articles in newspapers and magazines, or to search for ideas in television programs and movies that mention God, the Bible, or the importance of gratitude this next week. Have them bring the results next Sunday.

Have the younger children write another round of thank you notes for people who help them: teachers, coaches, troop leaders, other relatives and friends.

Ask the older children to share what they wrote and to whom. Talk about their ideas to help others at Thanksgiving.

  • What is the history behind Thanksgiving in our country?
  • Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
  • Why is it important to give thanks?

Open your Bibles to Judges 13 - 15 Use the Bible Characters sheet about Samson

  • What was unusual about Samson's birth? (Judges 13:3)
  • What did the angel tell his mother? (Judges 13:3-5)
  • What instructions did the angel give Samson's mother? (Judges 13:6-7)
  • What are the vows of a Nazarite? (see above:no strong drink, no eating of unclean food, and no hair cuts)
  • Who was Samson's father? (Judges 13:8-9)
  • Did Manoah believe his wife?
  • Why do you think he insisted he hear the message from the angel?
  • What was unusual about Samson? (strength)
  • Who did Samson want to marry? (Judges 14: 2)
  • Why didn't this please his parents? (Judges 14:3)
  • Do you have any rules about who you can date?
  • What did Samson do to the lion? (Judges 14:5-6)
  • What is Samson's riddle? (Judges 14:12-14)
  • Is this a fair riddle? Why or why not?
  • If you are the only one who can possibly know the answer, is it fair?
  • What do the Philistines promise to do to Samson's wife if they don't get the answer to the riddle? (Judges 14:15)
  • What does Samson's wife do? (she gets Samson to tell her and then she tells the Philistines)
  • What does Samson do in his anger? (Judges 14:19)
  • How does this affect his wife? (Judges 14:20)

Have the younger classes fill in: Which Town is It

  • What rules did Samson break? (he ate unclean food, honey from the lion, he drank strong drink at the feast, he killed people unnecessarily)
  • What happens when we break rules?
  • When Samson tries to win back his wife, what happens?
  • What does he do when his wife's father offers someone else?(Judges 15:3-5)
  • How many foxes did he catch? (300)
  • What do the Philistines do after Samson burns their crops? (Judges 15:6)
  • How does Samson avenge this act? (Judges 15:7-8)
  • What is revenge?
  • What happens when people resort to revenge?
  • What do we learn from Samson's experience about revenge?
  • How many men did Samson kill with the jaw bone of a donkey? (Judges 15:15)
  • After this carnage, he judged Israel for how many years?(Judges 15:20)

Assignment:

Younger Classes Complete the maze: The Strongest Man in Israel; and figure out two more puzzles about Samson - Some Stats About Samson and Key Question.

Read Kids Korner Healing Messages. Share your thank you notes with friends and family.

Older Classes

Read "How Samson Came to His Death." Healing Messages on Teen Time and Guest of the Month

Week of November 24-30
Memorization verse: I Chronicles 16:8 NIV Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What are you most grateful for?

Sunday November 30

Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • What messages of gratitude did you hear this past week?

Younger classes - collect and review their questions on Samson from Kids Korner.

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

Finish up the story of Samson. Open your Bibles to Judges 16

  • Who did the Philistines use to entice Samson? (Judges 16:1-2 )
  • What does Samson do with the massive gate to the city?
  • Why do you think he did that?
  • What was the name of the woman Samson loved in the valley of Sorek? (Judges 16:4)
  • What was Delilah's motivation? (money)
  • Did she love Samson?
  • What mistake did Samson make with Delilah that he made with his wife? (told his secret)
  • Do you keep secrets?
  • What have you noticed when you tell someone a secret?
  • Who do you trust to tell a secret? Why?
  • How much money did the Philistines promise Delilah if she found the source of Samson's strength? (Judges 16:5)
  • How many times did Samson lie to Delilah before telling her that his hair was the source of his strength? (three times)
  • What four things did Samson tell Delilah would weaken him? (green withs, new ropes, weaving seven of his locks with the web, and a razor on his hair)
  • What do the Philistines do to Samson after they cut his hair?
  • What is Samson's final act?
  • What do we learn from Samson's life?

Assignment:

What role did angels have in Jesus' birth?

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