It’s raining cats and dogs… and elephants? Noah’s Story
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Noah was not only supremely obedient to God but he had the presence of mind to record a few voicemail messages so that future generations could share the drama of his experiences. Here they are, forming the backbone of this valuable resource. Using the Bible, games and songs, children will be encouraged to climb inside the story and they will be inspired to develop their own ideas and reach their own conclusions about God’s part in their everyday lives. The children will discover that even though Mrs Noah’s legendary porridge reached a sticky end, the human race didn’t… mainly thanks to her husband’s boat-building skills and his ability to listen to God instead of his mocking neighbours!
Leader’s guide, including all activities, manuscript of song and FREE CD of voicemail, songs and backing tracks. Purchasable from Kevin Meyhew LTD.
7 – 11 year olds.
Good. Glossy covered leader's guide with clearly laid out sessions. Different fonts/layouts sign post relevant sections effectively.
Not explicitly stated, but inferred by each session title.
Very easy to read and the notes consider all aspects of leading the sessions well. Give helpful tips on how to keep children engaged.
Someone with experience in children's work, however there are many other roles which can be delegated to others.
Participant resources are not included as the sessions are mostly facilitated by songs and CD recordings. These effectively keep the children engaged with the story of Noah.
CD included with song, backing track and voicemail recordings from Noah. Brilliant.
Not a huge amount. Quick and easy preparation, however it would be helpful for all leaders to be familiar with the sessions and running orders. Leaders may also want to substitute games/activities at times so this would require forward planning.
No, all content relevant for the story of Noah and activities are not dated. Contemporary comparisons with popular culture are not drawn upon so this resource will stay relevant.
Suggests groups be formed in first session to build relationships and trust.Interaction is key throughout - lots of games, songs and discussion.
Children are encouraged to listen, write and do. Even prayer is made interactive with movement and noise.
A variety of activities mean that this resource can be used in any space available. Sessions must be run in chronological order as they lead on from one another. Allow for a lot of fun to be had. Access to CD player is essential. With larger groups of children, more adult support is needed. 10 sessions provided, running time of approximately 60 minutes each.
This is focussed on in the 'group chat' times and 'prayer circles'. Children are encouraged to consider how they deal with problems by comparing how Noah dealt with his obstacles.
Around a fifth. The rest is interactive and not necessarily based on the passage mentioned.
Presented by reading aloud by an adult. Children then answer questions about the passage to see how much they remember. Activities, prayer and recordings are all kept relevant to the passage and the session theme.
Introduces this concept throughout. Children are encouraged to consider how they deal with problems by comparing how Noah dealt with his obstacles.
No, available for all to use.
By allowing young people to learn about God and his promises, they can then decide if they want to live His advice out!
This is gradually built upon session by session. Starts off asking who we follow, before moving on to trusting God and asking Him to help us.
This is touched upon in the 'group chat' times and prayer.
All the way through. Children consider how God is relevant in their worries, their choices and struggles.
Gently by allowing children the space and opportunity to talk to God themselves.
Not a huge focus.
Not a focus
Not a focus