Familiarize yourself with this passage:Genesis 12:1-9
God called Abram. God told Abram to leave everything that he had ever known (that is 75 years worth of roots!), his country, his people, and his father’s family. God did not even tell Abram where to go. He simply told him to go to the land that He would show him. So Abram left; he left his father’s family, the people he grew up with, and the country that he had lived in all his life. Abram took his wife Sarai with him, as well as his nephew Lot, and all his possession and slaves. Everywhere that Abram went, God was with him. Each time Abram came to a new place, he sought the LORD. And each time Abram sought the LORD, God directed him to a new place, until at last Abram and all that went with him finally came to the land of Canaan, the Promise Land.
Object Lesson:Supplies Needed:
- A suit case
- Supplies you would take on a long trip
Before you start the Bible story, bring out your empty suitcase. Tell the kids that today’s story will be about a man who went on a really long trip. Ask the kids if any of them have ever been on a long trip, and for how long. Ask them what kind of things they packed in their suitcases when they went on their trip. Open your suitcase and put in all the items that you brought with you, sharing why each would be important. After your suitcase if full, close it and begin your Bible story.
Memory Verse:Genesis 12:1
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land that I will show you.”
Jesus Connection:The Bible tells us time and time again that we are never alone. God will always guide us in the way we should go as long as we continue to seek after Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). Jesus came to earth to be with us physically. He walked with people, talked with people, and showed people what the right thing for them to do was. When Jesus left earth, he reminded the people that he would always be with them, “to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) No matter when or where we go, Jesus will always be with us!
“Father Abraham”Father Abraham had many sons
Many sons had Father Abraham
I am one of them and so are you
So let’s all praise the Lord
Games and Activities:
Let’s Get MovingSupplies Needed:
- Old magazines or newspaper adds
- Paper or plastic bags
- Spread out the magazines and adds in the middle of the kids. Give each kid a pair of scissors and a bag.
- Explain to the kids that it is time for them to move (for pretend ), but they do not know where they are moving to. Their bag is their suitcase, and they need to fill them with all the things that they think they might need in this new mystery place.
- When everyone is done ‘packing’, have them share some of the things that are in their bags and explain why they would take them with on their move.
Father Abraham Paper DollSupplies Needed:
- Printout of Father Abraham paper doll (see below)
- Crayons, markers or colored pencils
- Paper brads (4 per child)
- Print out the Father Abraham paper dolls.
- Have each child color Abraham.
- When they are finished coloring, allow them to cut out the paper doll.
- Push the paper brad through the paper at the ‘X’ marks to connect Abraham’s arms and legs to his body.
- If you would like, you can now sing the ‘Father Abraham’ song with the movable paper dolls.