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This month's Activities section focuses on The Book of Proverbs and the ever popular story of Jonah and the Great Fish.

Swap Shop includes an article from Jamie Miller's book, 10- Minute Life Lessons for Kids, about how parents can help their children understand honesty and integrity.

Teachers and Parents

Margie Eddington's hot topic article handles the importance of integrity.

Teachers, you might like to suggest to your students' parents that they read and discuss the Proverbs and the story of Jonah listed in Kids Korner's Bible Characters. Don't miss hearing the story told of Jonah and the Great Fish on Story Telling.

Below is a sample calendar of activities and ideas to read and discuss each week in October. 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 every day 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.

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Week of September 27-October 3
Memorization verse: Ps. 42:8 The Message
Then God promises to love me all day, Sing songs all through the night! My life is God's prayer.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What does it mean to have God sing to you all night?
  • Do you feel God's love?
  • Say this every night this week when you say your prayers, and see if you notice a difference.

Sunday, October 3

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Did you say this verse with your prayers each night?
  • Did you notice a change in your ability to fall asleep?
  • How does it help to know you are surrounded by God's love?


The activities for this month deal with Proverbs and Jonah. While I list different questions for each week, please feel free to select the activities that work for you on any Sunday.

Each week we'll continue with the memorization of the Bible verse. It is important to show them how these verses help us live a good life.

All ages:

  • What is a proverb?
  • What is the purpose of a proverb?
  • Do you know any sayings that are like proverbs?
  • What is your favorite proverb?

Read Proverbs 1-3; 15; 22; 24

  • What is the major theme of each Proverb?
  • What is wisdom?
  • Why is it so important?
  • Which King wrote some of the proverbs?
  • Which King asked God to give him wisdom?
  • How important are the commandments to wisdom?
    • Name the commandments that require wisdom.
  • Name some wise things you've done.
  • Name some wise Bible characters.
    • What makes them wise?
  • Which Proverb addresses crime?

Let's start writing Proverbs. What should be included in a statement that will make it a Proverb? Proverbs are statements that encourage us to follow God. They are also a collection of sayings, riddles, instructions, and poems. Proverbs can be viewed as a book with ethical and moral statements about how to live life. In writing a Proverb, we want to address issues that will improve our lives.

For example: "If the wise man listens, he will increase his learning, and the man of understanding will acquire skill to understand proverbs and parables, the sayings of wise men and their riddles." (1:1-7)

Some Proverbs start with a statement and then use a contrasting statement like
Prov 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Some Proverbs are advice given by a father to his son (daughter).

Prov 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Some Proverbs comment on bad behavior.

Prov 24:30,31 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Some Proverbs warn us about corrupt leaders.

Prov 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

There are many others, but this is a good place to start. In class, work on advice parents should give their children or that children should give their parents.

Write simple statements that would help your family.


  • Wise parents teach their children to love God. (teen)
  • Fathers and Mothers, hear your children if you want them to listen to you. (pre-teen)
  • Don't get your mother angry by being late for dinner. (7 year-old boy)
  • Please, please compliment me every time I do it right. (8 year-old boy)

Don't hesitate to send BibleWise the children's wonderful responses. We all enjoy seeing their progress.

Select one of the examples of advice to parents and have the class create a poster to place in the Sunday School. You can also have each one make a poster to give to his/her parents. As this may take longer than the class session, you may assign it for homework or continue with it in class the next week.


Young children: Draw a picture for your favorite Proverb. Read Proverbs in KK.

Older children: Read Proverbs 10:1-22:16. Continue to think of the advice your parents might give you or you to them.

Read Teen Time Make a Difference about Proverbs.

Week of October 4-10
Memorization verse: Prov. 3:21 The Message
Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life, don't for a minute lose sight of them.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • Why are Clear Thinking and Common Sense important?

Sunday, October 10
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • How do you guard your thinking?
  • Why is that important?
  • What is common sense?
  • How are Proverbs a guide to help us clear our thinking?
  • Which Proverbs specifically help us in common sense living?

Younger Classes and Older Classes: Pick and choose from a number of activities appropriate for your age group.

Talk about the Proverbs they read last week.

  • Which verses did you find helped you in school? With friends? parents?
  • Which verses did you memorize this week?

Ask them to show their posters they worked on last week.




Exercise: Practice writing proverbs.

  • Write a Proverb about the importance of being wise.
    Answer the following questions to help get at the statement.
    • Are you wise?
    • Why do you want to be wise?
    • What does wisdom bring?
    • Where do you get wisdom?

Childlike responses to the above questions led to:
I am only wise as You are.
I find wisdom in God.
Because God is Wise, I am wise.

  • Write a Proverb to keep people from crime.
    Answer these questions about stopping bad behavior.
    • What bad things need to stop?
    • What can we do so people want to be good?
    • How can we help people feel God's love for them?

Childlike responses to the above questions led to:
God is watching me be good!
If others lie, I won't.
Stealing is a no no.

  • Write a Proverb on how to treat others.
    • How do you want to be treated?
    • How do you treat others?
    • How does God treat you?

Childlike responses to the above questions led to:
Hey, don't hurt me - love me!
You pick me up when I am down, You make me smile, if I frown. I feel Your love is all around.


Young Children: Read the thirty "Sayings of Those Who Are Wise" in the Teaching About Wisdom story.

Older Children: Read the thirty Wise Sayings in the Teaching About Wisdom story and the interview of General Rob Ostenberg in Guest of the Month.

Week of October 11-17
Memorization verse: Prov 22:1
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What is a good name?

Sunday, October 17
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • Why is it important to have a good name?
  • What does loving favour mean?
  • Why would you rather have a good name than riches?
  • Make a list of all those Bible characters who made a good name for themselves.
  • Those who read the article about General Ostenberg, how would this Bible verse apply to his career?

Discuss the thirty wise sayings with all ages.

Younger children: Ask them to create their own list of five to ten sayings they can practice at school, home, and at church.

Older children: Ask them to make a list, in their words, of what the wise sayings mean for life, in their world, at school, home, friends, and church.


The following exercise works well for little children who relate better to pictures than to the words themselves. For older students, skip the use of the pictures and work on the words of practicality for their proverbs. You might want to create a bulletin board in the Sunday School with their proverbs. Ask the older students to create the design for the bulletin board. Older students can also find proverbs or other Bible verses for the younger classes to use for this exercise.

Create picture grams of your own proverbs as well as the ones in the Bible.

Write your statement and then replace some of the words with pictures that mean the same thing.


Trust in the Lord with all your Prov. 3:5

Be not wise in your own Prov. 3:7

God guides the (path) of those who are honest.

Create your own pictures. Make a picture and put it over the word it represents.

For example above we put for the word "eyes."

Here are some statements for you to play with:

A happy heart makes a face look cheerful.

A good name is greater than riches.

Anyone who plants evil gathers a harvest of trouble.

Have a pure and loving heart, and speak kindly. Then you will be a friend of the king.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere.

The houses of those who do what is right hold great wealth.

The lips of wise people spread knowledge.

By wisdom a house is built.

Eat honey, my child. It is good.

Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not turn away from it.

Now find some Bible verses from other books of the Bible to make your own Bible picture grams.


Pre-School children read: Jonah and the Mighty Whale;

Younger children read: Where Did Jonah Go? and Jonah and the Huge Fish. Follow the maze Jonah and the Great Fish; Jonah Word Search; A Vital Message in Code; Jonah - How Many Days?; A Book of "Great" Things;

Older Children read: Egermeier's The Prophet Who Tried to Run Away From God. Define "integrity." Read the Hot Topic article INTEGRITY MATTERS -- NO MATTER WHAT! Think about the upcoming election, and prepare a list of issues regarding the campaign where integrity matters.

Week of October 18-24
Memorization verse: Prov 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • Why shouldn't we lean on our understanding?

Sunday, October 24
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • How do you trust God with all your heart?
  • Did Jonah trust God with all his heart?
  • What happens when you lean on just what you know?

Start a new exercise on each Bible figure.

The Bible Overview contains Did You Know under Bible Characters for the past year. This should help the teachers with this assignment. Now ask your students to create - "What I Know". Each "What I Know" would be about a Bible character. Give each child a piece of paper or write on a white board under the heading "What I Know about ________________" (fill in the blank with the character). Help the children write out their bulleted statements about each Bible figure. For example:

What I Know about Noah______________

  • Noah built a big boat
  • He collected two of every kind of animal
  • He put all the animals in the boat
  • It rained hard for 40 days

It helps if each child has a notebook. Give a couple pages to each character. As they learn more about the character, they can go back and add to their list. Date each entry and watch their knowledge grow.



Ask your students to tell only the first part of the story of Jonah. The second part dealing with the gourd will be left for discussion in a few months when we cover the book of Jonah.

Answer the following questions:

  • What was Jonah asked to do?
  • Why didn't he do it?
  • Where did he go instead?
  • What happened?
  • What is the moral issue here? (disobedience, willfulness, prejudice, lack of integrity?)
    • Did Jonah express integrity? When? [He owns up to being the cause of the storm.]
    • Discuss a life of integrity and how it relates to the interview with Gen. Ostenberg.
  • What are lots? (see Shep and Lily)
  • Would you flip a coin to see whether you should obey God?
  • Has God ever asked you to do something? Did you do it?
  • Why is it a bad idea to refuse God?
  • What lessons do you learn from the story of Jonah?

Young Children: Color the picture of Jonah in the sea and complete the on-line crossword puzzle. Don't forget to listen to Jonah tell his own story on Story Telling and play with the interactive puzzle.


Major Assignment for All Ages:

If your Sunday School allows it, ask your pupils to come dressed as their favorite Bible Character. The other members of the class must guess who each student is. Each child should be prepared to give five clues about his/her identity for the others to guess. After the character is revealed, the student dressed as that Bible figure needs to tell a story about that person and where to find his/her story in the Bible. For example: One child came dressed as Moses. He was wearing a striped robe and sandals. He carried a big stick to look like a staff. He had on a cotton ball beard and sideburns.

He told the class:

  • The Pharaoh's daughter found me in the Nile.
  • I was forced to take off my sandals.
  • My staff turned into a serpent.
  • God helped me free the Children of Israel.
  • God told me the Ten Commandments.

Who Am I?

Another child dressed as Joseph with a robe with many colors on it.

She told the class:

  • I was my dad's favorite child.
  • I could tell people their dreams.
  • I had ten older brothers.
  • My dad made me a special coat.
  • My brothers threw me in a pit.

Who Am I?

Even if your Sunday School doesn't allow for costumes, it is a good exercise for the children to select a character and prepare clues for others to guess who they are.

I have dressed as Noah, Moses, and Joseph to teach Sunday School. All with great success.

Teachers: If you feel brave enough, dress as your favorite character and give a press conference. Open with a statement about your life and then let the children interview you and get the details. After the interview ask them to write their own stories and draw pictures for their news articles.


Week of October 25-31
Memorization verse: Prov 15:1 The Message A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • Do you ever get angry?
  • What triggers the anger?

Sunday, October 31
It will be difficult to start with the usual memorization verse if everyone is excited about his or her costumes. If you decided to dress in your favorite Bible figure costume, this is a great way to start class. Let the children share their clues and guess who each other is. If only the teacher dressed for the occasion, let the children guess who you are and start interviewing you. If no one dressed, go to the Bible verse.

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

  • How does a gentle response cool anger?
  • What happens when a sharp tongue responds?
  • How do you keep the sharp tongue from responding?
  • How is anger being handled in the campaign for political offices?

Try this exercise on handling anger. The exercise is listed in Kids Korner Proverbs.

"Come on! Let's go get him!" Justin started running. Everyone followed. Everyone but Jason. He had read Proverbs 2:12. He knew that "wisdom will save you from the ways of evil men." Try what Jason did. It will help you think before you act. "Count to five" with these questions.

  1. Is it right?
  2. Is it good?
  3. Is it helpful?
  4. Would my parents be happy?
  5. Would God be happy?

Stop counting if one of the answers is no. And go the other way!
From The Adventurer's Bible p. 229


Halloween - what is it? Why do we have it?

  • What do masks and costumes represent?
  • Have you ever thought that you were just wearing a costume when you have disobeyed your parents?
  • What do masks do?
  • Why would we want to hide our identity?
  • When you say "trick or treat," what does it mean?
  • Make a list of those who were "tricksters" in the Bible.
    • What are their names?
    • What did they do?
    • Who did they hurt?
  • Make a list of those who were "treaters" in the Bible.
    • What are their names?
    • What did they do?
    • Who did they help?

Can you see a difference between tricking and treating?


All Children: Prepare for a Bible review in November. November contains National Bible Week and Thanksgiving. Ask students to write Why I love the Bible, or Why the Bible is Important to Me. Post their responses on your bulletin boards. They should also start preparing lists of gratitude. Ask each one to make a list of the people they want to thank in their lives.

Older Children: Read Teen Time Questions and Answers.

  — GAL
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