2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the learning our names song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.
3) Prayer... Praise God who hears prayers and answers them.
4) Theme: Remind the children of the theme of the unit: God works among his covenant people to prepare the world for the Savior. Hebrews 12:1&2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us… look to Jesus.” Tell them that they are going to hear a Bible Story again today that shows how God works through Jonah. Jonah was happy to obey the Lord as long as he was bringing good messages to God’s people. What happens when God asks Jonah to bring a message to his enemies?
5) Bible Story: Today’s Story is about Jonah. Read pages 228-232 from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic). This version leaves out chapter 4, which is important to understanding the whole story. If you are comfortable with this, please add this last chapter in your own words.
6) Text: Today’s Text is: “In my distress I called to the Lord and he answered me.” Jonah 2:2a
- Jonah And The Whale: You'll need:Blue construction paper,black construction paper,photo copies of small man,markers,glue Directions:Fold blue construction paper in half. Unfold and glue photo copy of small man inside. Let children decorate it. Fold paper and have children cut out a place in top half of construction paper so that you can see picture of Jonah though it. Glue folded paper together. Cut a fish shape out of black construction paper. Cut a opening in belly of fish so Jonah shows through it! You now have Jonah in the belly of a whale! Let the children decorate as desired.
- Jonah and the Whale... this craft calls for a bit fancier supplies, but it looks great: http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Gradeschool/Crafts/1craft04.php
- Paper Bag Whale… If you like, paint blue enough bags for all the children before the class and let dry. For each child, cut: 2 whale fins, one rectangle of blue construction paper with fringes at the top (for spout). Stuff about 2/3 of the paper bag with crumpled newspaper. Use an elastic band to secure the end for the tail. Have the children glue the fins on the bottom. Use two googly eyes and a black marker mouth to make the face. Roll up the fringed paper for a spout and poke a hole in the top of the bag to insert the spout. Curl the edges of the fringed paper down.
* If you like you can give the children a cut out shape of a man to put in the whale before stuffing it!
See detailed instuctions and illustrations here:http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mbagwhale.htm
8) Closing Prayer... say the Lord's prayer together with the children
9) Going Home: Sing the closing together. Then, check to see if all the children have collected their crafts and coloring sheets before they go home. Say goodbye and tell them that you enjoyed learning about God together and were happy to have them today! You were, weren’t you?
10) Optional Coloring Pages: