In this series the children
will be exposed to more stories from the Bible. It is important for them
to be familiar with the contents of the bible. The three stories that
were selected for this series set the stage for our Easter series. The
lessons deal with the condition of humanity. They will teach the
children why our fallen world needs Jesus and His redemptive work on the
The lessons are called "Time Machine Days" because the puppet
characters will be travelling through time so that they can witness the
biblical event. This will give the audience a chance to "be there" and
to experience the story.
Lesson #2 - Noah s Ark
This is the second lesson in the Time Machine Days
Series . In this lesson the emphasis will be on sin. Since Adam and Eve
were told to leave the garden many generations have grown and populated
the earth. Unfortunately they have turned their backs on God. They have
chosen to disobey God. God was very unhappy with all of them except one
The lesson will look at sin and then look to Jesus. Reminding the
children that Jesus came and died so we could be forgiven for our sins.
The puppet stage will be decorated to suit the
Noah's Ark Theme. The puppet video used will be a continuation of the
time machine theme.
The opening time is a brief period before the
lesson begins. It can be used to introduce the theme that you are using.
This can be a time for a relevant video or even a game. If you have
something to pass around that would reinforce the lesson, that would be
an interesting change.
Each week repeat the rules. Even if the children
protest it is important to do this each week. For variety, have the
children tell you the rules.
It is important to use simple language in prayer.
Make sure that the children can understand the language that you use.
Don't use Christian-eese! Remember church terminology isn't used in
One of the songs that we recently introduced is
called I'm Adopted . It is a simple song with a straight forward
message. It is extremely important to explain adoption . Often adoption
has a negative connotation in the children's minds. Assure them that it
isn't bad and make sure to remind them that they don't have to leave
their own family to be adopted into God's family. Make sure to explain
this each week until most of the children are comfortable with it.
All of the games that are included have been
adopted to suit the Noah s Ark Story or the Time Machine theme.
Game - Animal Memory
In this game the two players will be selected. The player will have
30 seconds to study the pairs of cards with animals on them. After this
the cards will be turned over and the participant will have one minute
to determine where they saw the pairs. The player that gets the largest
number of pairs wins.
The memory verse in this lesson involves no
puppets. It is an interaction between the leader and the children. The
verse will be done with the Noah s Ark theme in mind.
The verse will be written on bristol board that is shaped and
designed to look like a boat. The boat has run into a great deal of
rain, the message written on the side of it has been partially
destroyed. This effect will be created using the Magic Markers referred
to on our reference page. Some letters are missing and can be recovered
by using the markers.
Have the kids take turns coming up to fill in the blanks.
Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God s glory.
Have the children repeat the verse until they know it. Make sure to
explain what it means. All of us, everyone has done things that make God
unhappy. We aren't perfect but God is. We can't come close to being as
good as God is. Jesus died for us so that we don't have to be. He paid
the price for our sins. He loves us.
In this three week series the object lesson will be
replaced by a brief Time Machine Video . It is a simple puppet skit
which we chose to film for variety in the program. It could simply be
performed live if you select to do it that way.
Ann and Franklin enter the puppet stage.
Ann: That was amazing.
Franklin: It was exciting to go to the garden wasn't
Ann: We are back in my basement now!
Franklin: Would you like to try the time machine
Ann: Ok, Franklin but this time let s try to go to a
Franklin: I'll move that arrow on the dial that says
a long time ago .
Ann: Don't put it so far back this time.
Franklin: Ok, I'll try it here.
Franklin: Get in Ann.
Ann: Hurry up and get in Franklin. I think it is
Franklin: I'm coming Ann. (Lots of noise is
Ann & Franklin: (together) Here we go again...
The remainder of the skit is performed in the puppet stage. It is
live and the puppets are now in a different time . They are going to
learn about Noah.
Ann: Where are we this time?
Franklin: I'm not sure.
Ann: Look at that boat and that rainbow.
Franklin: Here comes a guy with a beard. I wonder
what he s doing.
Ann: Let s hide.
(The story is read by a leader at this point)
(Taken from the Beginner's Bible on reference page)
Many years passed after Adam & Eve left the garden. People began to
forget about God. They began to do bad things. There was only one good
man. His name was Noah. God said, I am sorry that I made people. I will
start all over again. God told Noah to build a big boat called an ark.
God showed Noah exactly how to build it. When the ark was finished, God
told Noah to put animals in it. Noah obeyed God. He put some of every
kind of animal into the ark. Then God shut the door.
Soon rain began to fall. The raindrops made little puddles, then
bigger puddles. The big puddles became streams, then rushing rivers,
then sloshing seas. Soon the whole earth was covered with water. The ark
tossed up and down on the waves. But Noah and his family and all the
animals were safe and dry inside the ark.
Then one day the rain stopped. Noah opened a window in the ark. He
saw water everywhere. He sent a dove to fly out and look for land. But
the dove came right back. It could not find a place to rest. The next
time Noah sent the dove, it brought back an olive leaf. The water was
going down. The next time, the dove did not come back. It was time to
leave the ark. The ark was resting on top of a mountain. Noah and his
family and all the animals came out. Noah thanked God for keeping them
Then God put a dazzling rainbow in the sky. It was God s promise that
water would never again cover the whole earth.
Leader s Conclusion
Last week, we learned about Adam and Eve and how
they sinned. This week our story was about a man named Noah. All the
people around him forgot about God. They turned their backs on him. But
Noah kept his eyes on God. God was unhappy with the world and He chose
to start over. Noah was saved.
We all sin too. We make mistakes but we need to keep our eyes on God.
If we are truly sorry He will forgive us because He loves us very much.
That is why God sent Jesus to save us from our sin.
Dismissal - Closing prayer, quiet seat prizes and
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