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Foundational Truth : God is good
Lesson Focus : God was kind to Jonah. God was kind to the people of Nineveh
This term at Church, Sunday School is learning about God’s people the Israelites in the Old Testament. The Old Testament tells us about God and His people before Jesus came to save sinners. God’s people in the Old Testament were waiting for Jesus to come and save sinners. Last week we learnt about how God used Elisha to heal Naaman because God is good. Today we are learning about a man named Jonah who God used to save sinners. On the count of three say “Jonah” – 1, 2, 3 Jonah! Jonah was a prophet. A prophet is someone who speaks for God.
God told Jonah to go to a city far away called Nineveh. On the count of three, say, “Nineveh!” 1—2—3! Nineveh! The people in Nineveh did not love or obey God. God told Jonah to tell the people in Nineveh that they were disobeying God. God was going to punish them for disobeying Him.
But there was a problem: Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh! He decided to run away instead of doing what God said. Jonah got on a boat with some other men and started sailing to a city far, far away in the wrong direction. Whoa! That is not good. Point you thumbs down and get your children to put their thumbs down too. Jonah disobeyed God.
God sent a big storm to bring Jonah back to God. The men on the boat were trying to keep the boat from sinking under the water! Jonah knew that the only way for the big storm to stop was for the sailors on the boat to throw Jonah off the boat and into the water. So that’s what the sailors did! They threw Jonah off the boat, and the storm stopped right away, and the water was calm.
After Jonah was thrown into the water, a HUGE fish came and swallowed Jonah. Put your hands together like a fish and wiggle the fish. Jonah went all the way into the belly of the great big fish. Jonah stayed in the belly of the great big fish for 3 whole days! Everyone, hold up three fingers. When he was in the belly of the fish, Jonah prayed – Everyone make praying hands - and asked God to save him. God heard Jonah’s prayers. After those 3 days in the belly of the big fish, God made the big fish spat Jonah out onto the dry land. Jonah was safe! For the second time, God spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh and tell the people they were disobeying God. This time, Jonah obeyed God! Jonah went to Nineveh and told the people there about God.
(Hold up your bible) The bible is God’s true Word. The bible is from God and about God. Let’s read about how God sent Jonah to Nineveh to save sinners.
READ : JONAH 3:8b
“Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence”
The people of Nineveh were sorry they had disobeyed God. They loved God and started obeying Him. They believed that God Is Good, and God forgave them! God Is Good! He is what is best, and He sent Jonah to tell the people of Nineveh that only God should be worshiped. God Is Good! He used a big fish to get Jonah to Nineveh because He wanted the people to know that He is what is best. God wants all people to know that God Is Good!
On the count of three whisper “God is good”: 1-2-3 God good!
Now, on the count of three say in a normal voice “God is good”: 1-2-3 God good!
Now, on the count of three shout “God is good”: 1-2-3 God good!
REVIEW QUESTIONS - Great for 3-5yrs - for littles you can go through the questions and help them to say the answers with you
This is where we are in God’s Big Story timeline. (You and your children point to the God’s people wait section) SEE HERE
Where did God tell Jonah to go? (Nineveh)
Did Jonah obey God and go to Nineveh? (No, he disobeyed God)
What did the sailors do to Jonah? (threw him off the ship)
What did God send to save Jonah? (a big fish)
What did Jonah do in the fish? (he prayed)
Did Jonah go to Nineveh in the end? (Yes)
Did the people of Nineveh listen? (Yes)
Did God save Jonah? (yes)
Did God save the people of Nineveh? (Yes!)
Is God good? (Yes!)
Go through the Gospel Finger play SEE HERE
REPEATED PRAYER - help you children repeat this pray in small chunks after you if they would like to. Otherwise you can just lead your children through this prayer as a family.
Dear God – we praise you – for you are good! – thank you - for saving sinners. - in Jesus name –Amen.
1. Get your Sunday School craft pack. Find the craft stencil and envelop labelled LESSON 8.
2. Glue blue cellophane on the water. Glue brown cardboard on the boat. Cut out and glue on whale.
3. Stick on the fish stickers. Colour in the stencil.
4. Glue your craft into your creche book.
1. Get your kiddo in the bath. While they are in the bath spend some time playing with some bath toys that float – if you have a little boat even better. If you don’t have any bath toys, see if you have an empty milk bottle that you could use as a boat.
2. Talk to your children about how Jonah ran away onto the boat because he didn’t want to do what God had asked him to do.
3. Create a storm in the bath by swishing around the water. Talk about how God sent a storm to draw Jonah back to Him.
4. Talk about how God sent a whale to save Jonah. Talk like a whale together.
5. Talk about how Jonah would have felt afraid. Talk about how Jonah prayed to God when he was scared in the fish.
6. Talk about how and why we pray to God.
7. Pray together