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Groeien en Gaan - Water Serie Sessie #3

This week's destination: You can run from God but you cannot hide from Him.

MATERIALS: Print Bible Memory Verse visual aids, print YES and NO signs, crayons. A blue tarp; tuna fish in a plastic container with a lid; a spray bottle filled with water.


Welcome Teacher, Trainers and students. As the children arrive get them to colour the colouring pages and visual aids that will be used during the session.

Optional: Download Dutch Visual Aids

DOWNLOAD Session #3 English Teaching (To translate into Dutch)

1. WELCOME GAME: (10 minutes) - HIDE AND GO SEEK:

Play this game like the normal Hide and Go Seek game. After the game is over, explain to the children that they cannot hide from God. He always knows where we are and what we are doing.

2. GROUP ACTIVITY: (10 minutes)

Print the Jonah puzzles, colour them and stick together

Print as many that each group of four children each have a big whale.

Dress one boy up like Jonah and get the whales to try and catch him

Optional: Download 'Jonah Puzzle'

(10 minutes)

Optional: Download Dutch 'Jona Jona ga naar Ninevé' Dutch music video


4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

5. TEACHING: a. Review:

Last session we learnt that sin separates us from God

Adam and Eve Review: What is SIN?

Sin is anything we think, say, do, or don't do that displeases God.

Optional: Download 'Adam and Eve' Dutch review Bible Verse colouring page

That is a big problem but in this session we will learn how God solved that problem by sending His Son Jesus, who was God here on earth, Jesus lived a perfect and powerful life.

DOWNLOAD 'Adam and Eve' Dutch review Bible Verse colouring page

Noah Review:

Optional: Download 'Noah' Dutch review Bible Verse colouring page

b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up…Jona 1:17… CHARGE

17  En de Heer stuurde een grote vis om Jona te redden. De vis slikte Jona in en Jona zat drie dagen en drie nachten in de buik van de vis.

(Jona 1:17)

Optional: Download Dutch Bible Verse colouring Visual Aid

c. Teach the Lesson

Have any of you heard about a man named Jonah? (Let the children respond.)

Optional: Download Dutch 'Jona' Dutch teaching video

Jonah was a prophet of God; he would listen to God and tell the people what God said. One day, God said to Jonah, "Go to the city of Nineveh and tell the people who live there that they are a very wicked people and that they need to change their ways."

Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh.

(Invite the children to respond with a "NO!")

Optional: Download English Jonah video

Optional: Download NEE Dutch poster

He didn't like the people in that city, and maybe he was afraid of them. So Jonah decided to run away and hide from God. (Have kids pat their legs quickly to make a fast running sound.)

He caught the first ship out of town and headed in the opposite direction from where God told him to go. (Have kids pretend to row.)

Jonah learned a very important lesson that day. He learned that you might run from God, but you cannot hide. Jonah got on that ship and hid way down deep inside. "Surely God won't find me here," Jonah thought. (Invite children to curl up in a ball and try to hide.)  

But God sent a big storm and tossed that boat around so much that the other sailors thought they were going to drown. (Lightly spray children with water.)

They found Jonah in the bottom of the ship and asked him, "Who are you and what are you doing here?" 

Jonah answered, "I am a worshiper of the God of heaven, who made the land and the sea." Jonah told the sailors that he was running from God because he didn't want to go to Nineveh as God had told him to do.

When the sailors learned that Jonah was running from God, they were even more afraid. "What should we do to stop this terrible storm?" the sailors asked.

"Throw me overboard into the sea," Jonah answered, "and the sea will become calm." The sailors picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea and the storm stopped at once. (Lightly spray children with water.) 

Optional: Download 'Jonah and the BIG fish' Dutch PowerPoint to assist with the teaching in Suriname

Sourced from Bible for Children.

Did Jonah drown in the sea? No! God sent a great fish to swallow Jonah, and he was inside the fish for three days and three nights. (Gather children underneath a large blue tarp. Open the tuna fish and pass it around so kids can smell it.) 

Optional: Download 'Jonah and the BIG fish' Dutch Colouring Pages for the children of Suriname

Sourced from Bible for Children.

Spending all that time inside the great fish gave Jonah plenty of time to think. He prayed to the Lord from inside the fish. He confessed that he had been wrong to run from the Lord and promised to fulfill his promises to God.

God caused the fish to spit Jonah out onto the shore. (Have kids help throw the blue tarp backward off of them.) Then the Lord spoke to Jonah again and said, "Get up and go to Nineveh and deliver the message that I have given you."

This time Jonah obeyed the Lord's command and went to Nineveh. (Invite kids to respond with a "YES SIR!"

Optional: Download JA Dutch poster


Just as God had something for Jonah to do, he has a plan for you and me. I hope we will learn a lesson from Jonah. When it comes to doing what God wants us to do, we might run, but we cannot hide from God!

Encourage the children to quielty sit with the whale posters all around them and reflect on times they maybe said "No' to thier parents or guardians and ask God to forgive them.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we know we can't hide from You. You know what we do and what we think. Give us the strength and courage to do all the things that You want us to do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Jonah Runs from God Children's Sermon | Sermons4Kids


Print the Dutch Take Home Bible Verse one for each child

DOWNLOAD Dutch Take Home Bible Verse Visual Aid

DOWNLOAD 'Jonah and the BIG fish' Take Home Track one for each child if possible.

Sourced from Bible for Children.


NEXT WEEK: We will continue with the ‘Water Series’. We have learnt that we have a problem - SIN which separates us from God, we will learn that God solved that problem by sending His Son Jesus.

We will learn that although Jesus never sinned, He saw it fit to follow God’s plan for man by being baptized in water so that He could be an example to man

How the BioSand Filter Operates

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Optional: Download English BioSand Filter PowerPoint 3 - 'BioSand Filter Operations'

How to use the BSF

View on YouTube CAWST English Video #4 'How to use the BSF'

What Kind of Water Can I Use?

Clear water - The filter will work well. You will not have to clean the top of the sand very often.

Dirty water - After a few weeks, the filter will start to flow slowly. You will have to clean the top of the sand sometimes to make it flow faster.

Very dirty water - The filter will quickly start to flow too slowly. You will have to clean the top of the sand often to make it flow faster.

If the water is very dirty, settle the dirt out of the water by letting it sit in the bucket for a few hours, do not use the dregs from the bottom of the bucket.

Always use the same water source in the filter

Optional: Download English 'How the BioSand Filter Operates' Handout #3

Visit Drop of Hope website - How the BioSand Filter Operates

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