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Heal a Hurting Heart - Lesson #2 Sometimes bad things happen

By the end of this lesson the child should be able to:

• Understand that Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and thrown into a pit and separated from his father. Genesis 37: 17-24
• Grasp that when bad things happen we have to take care of our hearts
• Realize that we can talk about our pain
• Know that God won’t leave us however bad it is, trust in Him and He will direct our paths.

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AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON (10 minutes) ACTIVITY
(Before class begins sanitize all the children’s hands. Ensure masks are worn)

Supplies needed:

• Paper crayons and paints to create a storm painting.
• Strings one for each couple of children
• Photocopy happy and sad faces for the team game.
• Print off JEALOUS HEART, THANKFUL HEART Visual Aid get two of the children to colour the hearts prior to class.
• Print small hearts for children.
• Print out musical lyrics.
• Plasters..
• Print 'Bible Verse Visual Aid' and get a child to colour it prior to the class.
• Print the 'Activity Book'
• Print the 'Take Home Bible Memory Verse'
• Print Chapter #2 'And Puppy' one for each child.
• Print 'A favorite son becomes a slave' colouring pages
• Print the 'Support for Grief and Loss Through Christian Counseling' Adult Educational Handout
'Spring-Cleaned the World' Poem
• Continue to use the ‘Heaven Corner’

 

 
 

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Before class begins hide the happy and sad faces around the room, get the children to hunt them out once a child has found a face they must sit down continue the game until all the children are sitting then you can begin the Team Game.

(Respect social distances at all times and wear a mask)

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2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
JEALOUS AND THANKFUL HEARTS:
Provide each team member with a happy or a sad face. Then each child will run when it is their turn on the team to the two labels at the far end of the room one JEALOUS HEART and one THANKFUL HEART. The child will quickly tape their happy or sad face on the correct "heart" and run back to their team for the next player to place his happy or sad face on the appropriate heart!

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
Optional:
Download 'Trust in the Lord' video

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Optional:
Download 'Jesus is a friend of mine'

5. TEACHING:
a. Review
(5 minutes)
Remember last week we introduced you to Joseph.

  • Why did Israel love Joseph more than any of his other sons?
    (Because he had been born to him in his old age)
  • What gift did his dad give him? (A coat of many colours, use visual aid)
  • How did Joseph’s brothers treat him? (They hated him and were unkind to him.)

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Optional: Download 'A favorite son becomes a slave' Lesson #2 PowerPoint

Adapted from Bible for Children

 

Optional: Download 'A favorite son becomes a slave' Lesson #2 Colouring pages

Adapted from Bible for Children

 

b. Learn a Bible Verse (5minutes)
But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
Genesis 37: 18

Divide the children into four groups and get each group to recite a part of the Bible verse

1. But they saw him in the distance
2. and before he reached them
3. they plotted to kill him.
4. Genesis 37: 18

Shout it out, then whisper it, stand up, sit down, hop on one foot, spin around finally say the entire verse.

Optional: Download 'A favorite son becomes a slave' Lesson #2 Bible Memory Verse in colour

Optional: Download 'A favorite son becomes a slave' Lesson #2 Bible Memory Verse Colouring Page

Adapted from Bible for Children

DOWNLOAD Lesson #2 Bible Verse Visual Aids

Encourage the children to color it and use it to teach the Bible Verse

(Children must use individual colouring packs to reduce cross infection)

c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Introduction:

Joseph’s father said to him, "Your brothers are out tending my sheep. I want you to go check and make sure that they are ok."

Teaching:
Read: Genesis 37: 17-24

Joseph reminds us that it is possible to patiently endure, continuing to put our trust in God’s plan. He spent 13 years in God’s waiting room. That’s how long it took for God to prepare Joseph for what was about to happen next. And as he waited, Joseph served others with genuine concern and he refused to allow God’s dream to die. He trusted God’s plan and knew that God was with him.

How do we deal with challenges? Oh, I wish it could be a one-time decision. I wish we could just do the right thing and be done with it, but we have learned from Joseph that trusting God is an ongoing challenge. It is a lifetime commitment. There will be ups and downs. There will be times when it will seem much easier to just give in. But Joseph reminds us that it is possible to be faithful over a long period of time in very difficult circumstances

What kind of attitude do we have when life doesn’t go as we think it should? What do we do when it seems like God has forgotten about us?

Like Joseph, we might be tempted to give up, but hopefully we also hang on and continue doing what we need to do.

We think of some of what the apostle Paul went through – beatings, and shipwrecks, and all kinds of abuse – and this is what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

Paul had a rough life, but he also refused to let the dream die. Paul continued living the Christian life.

Paul, like Joseph, in the waiting room of disappointment, continued to hang on to God’s plan for his life. Both men continued putting their trust in God.

http://www.fourlakescoc.org/Sermons/websermonupdates/1188_web.pdf

Before we close, I must tell you that this is not the end of the story of Joseph and his brothers. The story does have a happy ending and Joseph is reunited with his father and brothers. But for today, we learn the lesson of the terrible things that happen because of the sin of jealousy.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people, but God is still in control and He still had a plan for Joseph’s life.

Optional: Download ‘Joseph Story Part 1’ video

STORY TIME:

The Story Teller and 'Scruffy' the sock puppet read "And Puppy' Chapter #2 'The BIG Bad C'

Download Chapter 2 of ‘And Puppy

Optional: Download 'And Puppy' Bible Verses

CORONA CRISIS INFORMATION:

Optional: Download ‘Coronavirus Outbreak’ and ‘Easing children’s anxiety’ videos

Optional: Download Social Distancing’ video

Optional:Download ‘Wash your hands' music video

Optional:Download 'Stay safe by washing hands' poster

Optional:Download 'Spring Clean the World' poem

Optional Art Therapy:

Download Hues of Healing Art' video with a 'Heart documentary’ and ‘How to draw Coronavirus’ videos.

Optional Art Therapy: Give the children paper and crayons or paints to take home and get them to create a CORVID 19 painting.

Discussion: Does anyone know anybody that has died from Coronavirus?

6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD:
When you get hurt you need to take care of your injuries. When you fall down and graze your knee you need a plaster. When someone hurts you or you are in a shocking or scary situation, you need to take care of your heart. You need to make sure that you don't end up hating or being troubled by fear. You put a plaster on your heart by talking about your troubles and not keep any bad feelings inside. God wants to remind you that He will always be there to listen to you. He says he will never leave you or forsake you.

Have the children write about times when they have felt afraid, betrayed and separated from loved ones. Create a ‘Heaven Corner’ with a gold cloth on a chair with Jesus’ crown and a wooden cross covered with a red cross to represent His blood. Get them to come and place the papers at the foot of the cross and leave those experiences there.

CLOSING PRAYER:

TAKE HOME PAGE/ACTIVITY:

Optional: DownloadActivity Book

DownloadTake Home Memory Verse

Optional: Download Chapter 2 of ‘And Puppy

Optional: Download 'Support for Grief and Loss Through Christian Counseling' Adult Educational handouts

NEXT WEEK: Joseph is betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery

 

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