As you walk to the front (if you are doing a children’s moment at church) or begin this lesson (if you are using it at home) call the children to you by singing the song “I Can Sing a Rainbow.” If you prefer not to sing you could also use this video, although I like to sing it a bit more upbeat. Once everyone is gathered together begin the lesson. I don’t know about you, but I just love seeing a rainbow! It always feels like such a special moment because they don’t happen all the time. Have you ever seen a rainbow?
Rainbows are pretty special. Usually we have to wait for the weather to be just right to create a rainbow in the sky. But sometimes, if you hold things just right…you can see a rainbow anytime. Fill a shallow bowl about half full with water. Place a mirror inside the bowl at an angle. Shine a flashlight at the part of the mirror that is underwater. Hold a white piece of paper or poster board above the bowl. Adjust the angle of the mirror or poster board until you see a rainbow. Be sure you practice this experiment ahead of time, before doing it with the children! Did you know that there is a story about rainbows in the Bible? I bet you’ve heard part of this story before, but you may not know how it ends. Our story begins with Noah and his ark. Read Genesis 9:8-17 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. Prior to reading the scripture begin by reading the intro included with the story. Do you remember what the word covenant means? Allow children to answer. A convenient is like a promise. Whenever we see a rainbow it is a reminder that God is always with us, forever, and loves us more than anything!
Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.
I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.
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