This month we’re kicking off a new theme of Ice Cream Sundae as we see how God has a plan for each of us. You may be asking what an ice cream sundae has to do with God’s plans for us. Well, just like an ice cream sundae isn’t perfect with just a scoop of ice cream, we’re going to see how all the different things we go through in life form God’s perfect plan just like all the layers of a sundae make it perfect.
Our lives wouldn’t be the same without all the nuts, or those cherry on top moments, or the fudge that doesn’t necessarily run where you want it to; God’s plan for us is the same. We have highs and lows and we can’t always see what He’s doing until we look back.
The best Biblical ‘ice cream sundae’ can be seen in the life of Joseph. God had a plan to use Joseph for great things and no matter how ‘rocky road’ it got, Joseph trusted in God. At the end of the month we’ll be able to look back at all the layers of Joseph’s life and see how, just like a perfect ice cream sundae, God’s plan was perfect.
This week we’ll start with some high emotions as Joseph rejoices in getting a new coat, his brothers feel great jealousy, and Joseph is thrown into the great unknown when he is sold into Egypt. This is the beginning of God’s plan for Joseph. As we jump in, think about God’s plan for you; are you trusting Him to make your life the perfect ice cream sundae?
Here’s a snapshot of what we’ll show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus:God has a plan for me. (Joseph Gets a Coat and Goes to Egypt • Genesis 37; Jeremiah 1:5)
Memory Verse: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11, NLT
Key Question: Who has a plan for you?
Bottom Line: God has a plan for me.
Bible Story & Worship
If you would like to see a Bible video of the story, you may check it on our Abundant Life Journey Kids Facebook Page or via the Parent Cue app by reThink. In the app, the video is part of the content for preschoolers so list your child’s grade as preschool in order to access.
In addition, here is a version of the story that you can read to your child. It’s short and simple to help them grasp the base parts of Joseph’s story. After the story, lead them in worshipping God by singing and dancing for Him.
The materials below will help reinforce the story as well as bring Jesus to their level. These can be done in any order, but I recommend the Discussion/Application last (this is the part that really brings Jesus to their level.) We have a new memory verse for September so be sure to practice a few times with your kiddos.
As we wrap up, I’d like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). It is my hope that these lessons will plant a seed in your kids that will allow them to have peace through all the highs on lows of God’s plan. My prayers are with you.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.