42 & 43 - Joseph: The missing cup & Family reunion


15 minute Story planner

Genesis 44-46
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 55 and 56

Summarise the story so far. Many years after Jacob left the land God had promised his grandfather Abraham, he made the long journey back 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. Joseph was Jacob's favourite son. Because of the love Jacob showed Joseph, his brothers hated him and sent him away to Egypt. In Egypt Joseph worked hard. He was given a good job in Potiphar's household. But Potiphar's wife treated him unfairly and after a while she persuaded her husband to put Joseph in prison. While he was in prison Joseph was called to the palace there he told the king the meaning of his dream. A little while later Joseph was put in charge of a plan to save the Egyptians from famine. Then, one day the famine reached Canaan and Joseph's brothers arrived in Egypt to buy grain. With sacks full they set off back to join their father, however they were in for a big surprise!

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
Do you have a precious ornament in your house? Perhaps a beautiful picture frame or a handsome clock? Joseph's home in Egypt was full of precious ornaments and expensive treasures. Among his valuable belongings was a silver cup. The cup was kept in a safe place. However when Joseph's brothers were about to leave Egypt, Joseph spoke to his servant and gave him this order: ‘Place my precious silver cup in the sack of grain belonging to Benjamin.’ 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle and taste the food used in this activity

  • The 12 brothers from week 1 (see Printables - ‘The names of Jacob's children and how to display them’ instructions) 
  • Bags of unpopped popcorn, uncooked lentils or rice
  • Money bags of copper coins
  • A trophy cup or a plastic cup covered in silver foil

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

Option 2 -  Play hunt the cup.
You will need: a plastic cup covered in foil. 

1. Ask one or two volunteers to stand outside the room (make sure your arrangements comply with your child protection policy).
2. Meanwhile ask one of the children left in the room to hide the cup.
3. The volunteer/s should then return to the room and try and find the hidden cup. 

Option 3 -  Play a game with a cup and some coins
You will need: masking tape, the copper coins and the plastic cup covered in foil. 

1. Place a strip of masking tape on the floor and encourage the children to sit behind it.
2. Place the cup about a metre away from the tape.
3. Encourage the children to take turns rolling coins towards the cup. The child whose coin is closest to the cup at the end of the game is the winner. 

Instead of rolling the coins, the children could flick them and see if they can get them into the cup. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think about how shocked Joseph's brothers must have felt when they realised he was the Governor of Egypt. We imagine their relief when they realised they had been forgiven for the cruel things they had done. Father please help us to be like Joseph and forgive those who are unkind to us or treat us unfairly. Help us not to hold grudges but to see people as you see them. 

Father we thank you that you were always at work in Joseph's life. Father help us to be aware of all that you have done and are doing, not only in our lives but the lives of those around us. Father help us not to think over and over again about the difficult times we have faced, but to look forward to all the wonderful things you have planned for our futures.  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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