31 & 32 - Joseph: Trouble at home & Dreams


15 minute Story planner

Genesis 37
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 43 and 44

Many years after Jacob left the land God had promised his grandfather Abraham, he made the long journey home. By the time he settled back in the Promised Land (the land of Canaan) Jacob had a very large family; his wife Leah had had many children, while his wife Rachel had had two. Altogether Jacob had 12 sons and one daughter. 

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to three

2. Starter question - 1 min
How many people live in your house? Two? Three? Four? Perhaps you have a big family with more than six people living together in one house. Can you imagine a household of more than sixteen people? Perhaps it would be fun - people coming and going, eating, talking, sharing. Or maybe it would be too busy, too crowded, too noisy... 

3. Telling the story using props - 4 mins

  • A large piece of paper and marker pens or 13 craft lollipop sticks and 12 pictures of men plus one female cut out of a magazine/newspaper (it would be helpful if they were all roughly the same size)
  • Sticky tape
  • ‘The names of Jacob's children and how to display them’ instructions (see Printables)
  • A colourful jacket or blanket

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

4. Story Activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Create a multicoloured coat


You will need: washable felt-tip pens, enough frames for one per child (see Printables) and a plain white t-shirt or shirt, or a large sheet of white paper with the shape of a coat drawn on it.

Before the session cut out the frames by cutting along the dotted lines.

1. Lay the t-shirt or paper-coat on a low table and encourage the children to gather around.
2. Explain that they are going to decorate the coat with the coloured pens, however each child will create a small pattern which will add to the overall design.
3. You could allow the children to do this free-hand or give each child a paper frame.
4. If using the frames show the children how to lay the frame on top of the fabric/paper and then draw within the square. With older children you could show them how to create a sharp edge to their pattern by making their design extend right to the edge of the frame.

With very young children you may need to remind them that it is not appropriate to draw on clothes unless it is part of a craft activity such as this.   

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think about Joseph as a young boy. We remember that he was keen to please his father and make good choices. We also remember that he was not always considerate towards those around him. 

Father help us to not only make good choices but to think about how our behaviour makes others feel. Help us to be kind and considerate. Help us to think carefully about the things we say and remember the feelings of others when we choose what to do.  

Father as we hear more about Joseph over the coming weeks, help us to see that even when things did not go well for him you worked powerfully in and through his life. Father help us to see how you can work powerfully in our lives too. Amen.

With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.


Alongside this story, make the craft...

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