2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the learning our names song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.
3) Prayer... pray for peace in our country too. Pray that our government will obey the Lord and rule the country according to God's commands.
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 Micah to warn the kings to obey God so that the people might enjoy peace. Micah brings a message of hope; about the coming of the Greatest King and Shepherd, Jesus.
5) Bible Story: Today’s Story is about Micah. Read pages 233-237 from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic).
6) Text: Today’s Text is: "And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord... for... He shall be great to the ends of the earth." Micah 5:4
- He Shall be Great! Print out this picture for the children. Have the color the picture. Provide them with construction paper hearts cut out of red/pink paper to glue around the world to show how God loves us. Cut out small crowns from yellow or metalic paper and have the children show you who is the Greatest King... put the crown on Jesus. If you can find stickers with people on them, have the children stick the people on the Earth to show that God is over us all. A simple craft, but an effective reinforcement of the lesson.
- "God is My King"... cut a strip of poster paper for each child. Have the children glue on the phrase "God is my KING" or write it on each strip ahead of time with black markers. Have the children decorate the strips with stickers, etc. Fit the strip around each child's head and secure with staples.
- "There will be peace" : Print out the doves from the template below and cut them out before the lesson - count on at least 2 per child. Have the children glue them on to a piece of construction paper and decorate them with craft feathers. Put the title "There will be peace" at the top of the page and the text at the bottom. Talk what peace is; how a dove/bird represents peace and who is the KING who brings peace. This sounds like heavy stuff for 3-5 year olds, but bring it down to their level... talk about arguing and fighting with brothers and sisters and how Jesus died to cover all those sins!
- Walking Humbly with God... cut out large shoe shapes from heavy cardstock. Punch 8 holes lined up in the center. Give each child a string (you can knot a bead or two at the ends) to lace through the shoes. Tie up the shoe string and give the children lots of options to decorate their shoes (foam shapes, stickers, markers and crayons, glitter glue, etc) At one end of the shoes, print or glue on the text: "He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
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:
This is the coloring page of the first craft. If you do another craft, you may want to provide this one with today's text on it, simply as a coloring page to keep the little hands busy as you are fitting all the crowns!